Eblast October 29, 2017

  • Emergency Meeting on Joshua Tree National Park Fee Hikes:     Thursday, November 2nd
  • San Bernardino County Community Plan Town Hall Meeting:     Monday, November 6th
 
 
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Proposed Fee Hikes at Joshua Tree National Park

The National Park Service has announced in this Press Release that it plans to increase entrance fees at a number of National Parks, including our own Joshua Tree National Park.  Fees would be increased during the "peak season" of January to May.  Here is the local KCDZ radio story and the Desert Sun's report.  MOST IMPORTANT to note is that there is an opportunity for public comment from October 24 to November 23, 2017. UPDATE:  DEADLINE extended to Friday, December 22, 2017. This NPS webpage contains a summary of the fee changes and the link to public comment, or send your comments by mail to National Park Service, Recreation Fee Program, 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop: 2346 Washington, DC 20240.

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Eblast October 20, 2017

  • Countywide Plan Scoping Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 26
  • Community Plan Update: Monday, Nov. 6
  • Public Comment period for Countywide Plan EIR: Oct. 17- Nov. 2
 
 
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Cadiz: Federal OK, State Issue Unresolved

News media have reported that federal authorization has been granted for the "Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project" (Cadiz Water Project), a Mojave-Desert-to-Orange-County water transmission plan. However, the California Lands Commission insists there must be a process of review and permission because of state lands crossed by the proposed pipeline.  MBCA and many desert supporters believe the project is based on unrealistic projections about the recovery of water in the desert aquifer, and that desert lands including special places in the Mojave Trails National Monument will be adversely affected.  News items explaining the situation can be found in the Los Angeles Times, the San Bernardino Sun, the Desert Sun, and on local radio KCDZ's website.  You can view previous stories and links about Cadiz on our Water Issues page.
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New Problem for Cadiz Water Project

MBCA continues to oppose the Cadiz Water Project and we are glad to learn of a new development that brings another potential problem to their plan.  The National Parks Conservation Association published a Press Release today noting that the California State Lands Commission has found that the project's plan will require State review because the plan crosses State-owned land. You can read MBCA's prior news posts about Cadiz and other water issues on our Water Issues page
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Eblast October 7, 2017

  • Countywide Plan Meeting / Open House – Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
  • Update: SB 249 & SB 159
 
 
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Eblast September 12 2017

OHMVR legislation: SB 249 & AB 159
 
 
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Morongo Basin Unincorporated Community Plans Updated

The County of San Bernardino has just published the latest versions of updated Community Plans for a number of communities in the Morongo Basin, based on input from last year's "Community Workshops."  The links provided below connect you to the overview page on the County's website, which explains the process and the status, and includes a link to the latest plan. 
 
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Sand to Snow Monument Will Remain Unchanged

"Our" Sand to Snow National Monument will remain as it was created, according to news from the Interior Department, following its listing for "review" by that Department earlier this year.  The state of our other nearby Monument, Mojave Trails, is not yet known, but recommendations for reduction in size based on extractive industry interests is anticipated.  The Desert Sun article about the Sand-to-Snow announcement provides a great deal more information, including a history of the Monument effort and quotations from several Morongo Basin residents.  Read the Los Angeles Times article on the subject
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Eblast August 4, 2017

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  • RECE (Renewable Energy and Conservation Element): Supervisors Public Hearing, Tuesday, August 8th, 1 PM
 
 
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