Cadiz Valley Water Project

Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project

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New National Monuments!

WE'RE CELEBRATING THREE NATIONAL MONUMENTS IN THE CALIFORNIA DESERT!

 On February 11, 2016, President Obama designated three new national monuments, including Sand to Snow in our own backyard, plus National Trails and Castle Mountains.  A BIG THANK YOU to the many MBCA members and supporters who wrote letters and appeared at events to support this.

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Supervisors Deny Altamira Project Appeal

Tuesday, September 27 - San Bernardino County Supervisors voted 3-2 to deny the appeal, thereby approving the Altamira Housing project to go forward.

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REPORT on Desert-Wise Lecture Fall 2016

Moving Toward Community-Based Renewable Energy
On September 24, MBCA hosted a Desert-Wise Living Program focused on intersecting issues of water and energy and the need for community-level renewable energy solutions.
 
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San Bernardino County Dark Sky Committee

In April 2016, San Bernardino County District 3 Supervisor James Ramos appointed the San Bernardino County Dark Sky Committee (SBCDSC) to interact with the County about its lighting regulations and code, in consideration of the need of dark skies to maintain both lifestyle and the tourism economy in the Desert and Mountain regions of the County.

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Supervisors Altamira Hearing Report

REPORT ON THE SUPERVISORS' HEARING ON YV105 LLP,
AKA THE ALTAMIRA HOUSING PROJECT
 
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Eblast: September 12, 2016

  • Altamira Gated Housing Appeal hearing - Sept. 13
  • DRECP Record of Decision (ROD) Event – Sept. 14
 
 
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Palen Photovoltaic Solar Project

Federal and State Level - Palen Photovoltaic Solar Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced in June 2016 that it is proposing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the rejuvenated 500 MW Paln Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project on 4200 acres of undisturbed desert ecosystem land east of Desert Center adjacent to the I-10 freeway. 

MBCA sent a comment letter on September 3, 2016, focusing on dust pollution as a major problem for this project.   You can read MBCA's detailed 3-page letter about the Palen project or a shorter one-page summary of the issues that concern us about this project. 

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Eblast: August 29, 2016

  • Altamira Gated Housing Project
  • Joshua Tree Solar Farm
  • Soda Mountain Solar Project
  • Dollar General Store vs. Joshua Tree
  • Homestead Valley & Pioneertown Community Plans
  • MBCA Desert Wise Living fall lecture
 
 
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Joshua Tree Solar Farm Appeal Denied

The Board of Supervisors (BOS) voted August 16th 4-1 to deny the three appeals filed and gave their approval for development of the Joshua Tree Solar Farm – a 20 megawatt photovoltaic project to be located on 115 acres at the former Roy Williams Airport site. Many residents spoke in support of the appeals and more sent letters  – clearly and strongly expressing opposition to this project in the rural residential community. Apparently our arguments, including that this is not an area that can accurately be characterized as “disturbed land” (it is relatively intact acreage) and therefore not appropriate for industrial scale solar were not convincing to the majority of Supervisors. They also discounted the fact that the site is visible from a hiking trail in Joshua Tree National Park – which according to the County’s own Renewable Energy and Conservation Element Framework is a criteria worthy of consideration. Only our 3rd District Supervisor, James Ramos voted in favor of the appeal to stop the project. Defend Joshua Tree has reported that a lawsuit or three to stop the project from moving forward seems likely. MBCA E-Blasts will keep you informed of these efforts. This battle isn’t over yet.
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