Letter: Group, Oppose Eagle Crest Project

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Hi-Desert Water District Seeks Comments on its Mitigated Negative Declaration

As part of its Sewer Collection System Project for Yucca Valley, the Hi-Desert Water District must file a Mitigated Negative Declaration describing what environmental disturbance will occur in Phases II and III of the project and how the consequences will be mitigated. Here is the Water District's Draft MND webpage that includes an overview of the process and all the relevant documents. Comments must be submitted by May 31, 2020.
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Letter: Group Comments v. Yellow Pine Solar

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MBCA Signs on for Environmental Justice in Lucerne Valley

The latest solar energy project proposed for Lucerne Valley has generated a groundswell of concern and opposition. In a letter to the California State Lands Commission signed by MBCA and 16 other groups and more than 50 individuals, the case is built against Aurora Solar LLC, a 3600-acre utility scale development. According to the Lands Commission's own Environmental Justice Policy, the effects on this disadvantaged community with a significant population of older and health-compromised individuals would violate the agency's policy. The letter supports California's renewable energy goals, but provides detailed analysis and maps that illustrate why permitting the Aurora Solar project in Lucerne Valley would be damaging to the community.
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Letter: Group, Environmental Justice in Lucerne Valley

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EBlast April 20, 2020

  • 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


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Morongo Basin and JTNP OHV News

Two news stories about OHV patrolling related to the Morongo Basin appeared recently. The Hi Desert Star reported that Lucas Niles, recently promoted to Captain of the Morongo Basin Station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's office, "plans to continue to strengthen the department's off-highway-vehicle enforcement team." Through grant funding they have added a vehicle focused on patrolling illegal OHV hotspots and have increased staffing levels.
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Joshua Trees May Be Designated Threatened in California

Holey_Joshua_Tree.jpegLast fall the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned California to list the western Joshua tree as a threatened species under California's Endangered Species Act. On April 13 the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife agreed. The Department's Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the recommendation in June. You can find thorough coverage of the story on local radio KCDZ, on the Mojave Watch blog, and in the Desert Sun and Los Angeles Times online newspapers.
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MBCA Supports Stronger Mountain Lion Protection

MBCA has sent a letter to the California Fish and Game Commission recommending a review of the status of mountain lion populations in the Southern California and Central Coast mountain areas. There are genetic connections between those beleaguered populations and lions known to be in Joshua Tree National Park. Such a review should lead to listing those mountain lions as "threatened" under the California Endangered Species Act.
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Letter: Supports Stronger Mountain Lion Protection

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