Letter: Request to San Bernardino County for Dark Skies Update
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Posted by· September 09, 2021 11:52 AMAdd your reaction SharePhoto courtesy NPS/Lian Law, Creative Commons 2.0 LicenseThe San Bernardino County Planning Commission unanimously approved the new Light Trespass Ordinance at their September 9 meeting. It will be forwarded to the Supervisors for their vote in the near future. Following its approval, compliance will be required in 18 months for businesses and 24 months for residents. The approved version is contained in pages 4-15 of the Staff Report; the existing Glare and Outdoor Lighting Ordinance is on pages 17-25.Posted by· July 05, 2021 9:18 PMAdd your reaction ShareFrom the weekly newsletter The Revelator, published by the Center for Biological Diversity, here is a list of recent news stories focused on the negative effects of light pollution.
- Young Clownfish Likely to Die Faster When Exposed to Artificial Light, Study Finds
- Noise and Light Pollution Changes Which Species of Birds Visit Our Backyards
- Fireflies Need Dark Nights for Their Summer Light Shows – Here’s How You Can Help
- Turning Off Half of City Lights at Night Could Cut Bird Mortality By Up to 60 Percent
- Dark Sky Havens: Where Can I Find One?
- Orbital Debris Creates a New Problem: Light Pollution
Posted by 3 reactions· June 17, 2021 1:59 PM ·3 reactions ShareThe deadline for comments in support of the revised Light Trespass Ordinance for San Bernardino County is Friday, June 18. Send them to: [email protected]
We have revised our recent News item on this subject with new video footage. The presentation video (one hour) now includes post-presentation interaction of our presenters with the Commissioners, and we now have the full video of the meeting including timestamps for public comment via video from the Joshua Tree Government Center and for an oppositional presentation by a Newberry Springs resident. All these links and information are here.Posted by· February 04, 2021 12:03 PMAdd your reaction ShareAt their February 4th meeting, the four San Bernardino County Planning Commission members present (Weldy, Stoffel, Haughey, Gongora) voted to defer any decision on the recommendation to adopt the proposed Light Trespass Ordinance. They will schedule a Workshop on the issue at a future Planning Commission meeting. Commissioners had many concerns that Land Use Services staff were unable to answer to their satisfaction. More background and links can be found in the first article of our February 1 Eblast or our January 31 News Update.Posted by· January 31, 2021 2:27 PMContinue reading → Add your reaction ShareTen years after the start of Morongo Basin community efforts to improve the San Bernardino County lighting ordinance, the Planning Commission will hold a hearing on a revised “Light Trespass” ordinance on February 4. (Meeting details and documents can be found here.) The revision would replace the earlier “Glare and Outdoor Lighting” section of the Development Code with updated and improved language focused on light trespass. In the Land Use Services staff report you can read both the existing and proposed ordinances and additional background and context.Posted by· April 20, 2020 6:31 PMContinue reading → Add your reaction Share
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- Earth Day
- 50th Anniversary Commemorative book distribution
- Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour 2020 postponed
- MBCA and social media initiative
- Ruth Denison Environmental Scholarship: 2020 recipient
- OHV enforcement in the Basin: the Sheriff’s report
- Protecting our dark night sky
- Advancing protection for Joshua trees
- Mountain lions to be considered for protection
- Eagle Crest pumped storage update
- Morongo Basin health care capability vs COVID-19
The Morongo Basin is now home to an international Dark Sky Park. Joshua Tree National Park achieved their long-time goal of Dark Sky Park status bestowed by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). This significant achievement is the result of several years of work by Park staff, providing data and receiving IDA representatives for review.Posted by· April 22, 2017 12:00 PMAdd your reaction ShareAt the April 21 Black Rock Symposium focused on "Grass Roots Activism in the Morongo Basin," panelist and MBCA Director Laraine Turk described the work of the Morongo Basin Dark Sky Alliance that operated under the County's jurisdiction from 2010-2013. MBCA Director Claudia Sall was also an active participant on the Committee, which worked with the County and local residents to provide education and work toward an improved County lighting ordinance. A PDF file of the presentation is available.See All Dark Night SkiesDo you like this post?
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