Letter: Comments on Golden Currant Solar Project

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Letter: MBCA Supports SB 233, Bidirectional EVs

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MBCA Joins Support for SB 233, Bidirectional Electric Vehicles

Joining with 66 other environmentally-conscious non-profits, MBCA signed a letter in support of SB 233, a bill intended, through a series of actions over time, to require all new electric vehicles sold in California to be bidirectional beginning in model year 2030. The author has introduced SB 233 because the battery storage capability of electric vehicles offers an opportunity for California’s increasing fleet of electric vehicles to “give back” to the grid or homeowners in times of need.
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MBCA Awards Scholarships to Three Local High School Seniors

Morongo Basin Conservation Association has awarded college scholarships to three local graduating high school seniors. All three high schools in the Morongo Unified School District are represented this year.

Recipients were selected from a competitive pool of applicants with demonstrated commitments to include conservation and environmental interests in their education and career plans. Each $1,000 scholarship goes toward the student's higher education expenses in the 2023-24 academic year. 

MBCA's Conservation Scholarship is the continuation of our commitment to educate the next generation of conservation-conscious citizens. Landon Michael Stitt of Yucca Valley High School is the recipient, with career intentions towards environmentally-conscientious urban planning and engineering.

The Women's STEAM Scholarship (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) is provided anonymously by two generations of women who held careers in STEAM fields. Jadyn Sarah Bauer, the founder of Twentynine Palms High School's Environmental Club, is the recipient, with career plans for environmental studies.

Donations in memory of renowned local artist, conservationist, and longtime MBCA member Steve Rieman, make it possible to offer the Steve Rieman Scholarship for students who anticipate incorporating their conservation commitment into careers in writing, fine arts, or design. Kylie Morning Adkins of Black Rock High School is the recipient, with her focus on nature photography and advocacy.

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MBCA Supports Water Conservation Landscaping Act

MBCA joined more than 40 local, state, and national organizations in support of California Assemblymember Laura Friedman's AB 1573, the Water Conservation in Landscaping Act, introduced on February 17 and currently referred to the Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. Issues addressed include improvements to the existing model ordinance, and overall the bill's provisions would set "the strongest level of water conservation requirements for new or major rehabilitated non-residential landscapes." Read the letter and the bill.
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Letter: Group Support of Landscape Water Conservation

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Eblast April 10, 2023

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  • 2023 Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour
  • Attend MBCA and Friends of Wonder Valley Dark Skies event
  • Wonder Inn and Flamingo 640 appealed to Board of Supervisors
 
 
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Eblast March 20, 2023

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  • Wonder Inn Project to be considered by Planning Commission
  • Flamingo 640 Glamping Project has been appealed!
  • 2023 Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour
 
 
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A Change in Direction for Cadiz Water Project?

Speaking at an water industry event at the Salton Sea near Mecca on Monday, March 27, Scott Slater, the CEO of Cadiz, Inc, the company that wants to sell water from the Cadiz aquifer for enormous financial gain, shared that the company is considering piping water "to bring water to disadvantaged communities within our reach."

Slater also revealed efforts "to pursue a relationship with the Salton Sea Authority...and the Torres Martinez tribe, to bring water to the Salton Sea and to benefit the tribe, which would happen via an exchange." Slater also noted that the company will then "push the water north into the northern hi-desert and then into the interconnected systems of the state," via its 220-mile Northern Pipeline.

MBCA has long been concerned about the devastating effects of the proposed Cadiz Water Project. A series of our past News posts about Cadiz plus other water-related issues we have reported on, can be found by searching "water" on our website. 
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Wonder Inn Resort Proposal Denied by Planning Commission

In a 4-0 vote, San Bernardino County Planning Commissioners denied the Wonder Inn project opposed by MBCA and hundreds of Morongo Basin area residents. Almost 50 citizens made their comments in person at the meeting. The citizens' group Stop Wonder Inn spent a year doing research to demonstrate how the project if built would have significant negative repercussions not only for Wonder Valley but the entire Morongo Basin. MBCA's initial and followup comment letters contain detailed information about the project's weaknesses. The developers have the option to appeal the Commission's decision within 10 days to the Supervisors.
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