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The Butte Environmental Council (BEC) is a non-profit environmental organization based in Butte County, California. Our mission is to protect and defend the land, air and water of Butte County and the surrounding region through action, advocacy and education.  BEC was formed in 1975 and for over 40 years, BEC has had a significant voice in shaping the environment and policies of Butte County and beyond.

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February 13, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The Biological Sciences Outreach Committee put on its second biology career fair at Chico State.Becky Holden from Butte Environmental Council answers questions from a student.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

February 3, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:A public forum about where our water comes from and where it goes during — H20 Origins — is planned 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, in Room 111 of the new Arts and Humanities building at Chico State University.Becky Holden, assistant director of the Butte Environmental Council, will lead the forum, part of a larger monthly education seriesTags: no_tagby: ndcarter

February 1, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The Environmental Water Caucus, a group of more than 20 environmental organizations, has filed a lengthy list of objections to Gov. Edmund Gerald Brown Jr.’s plan to drain fresh water out of the Sacramento River before it could flow into the California Delta.The Environmental Water Caucus includes the following organizations: AquAlliance; Butte Environmental Council; California Coastkeeper Alliance; California Save Our Streams Council; California Sportfishing Protection Alliance; California Striped Bass Association; California Water Impact Network (C-WIN); California Water Research Associates; Center for Biological Diversity; Citizens Water Watch; Clean Water Action; Desal Response Group; Earth Law Center; Environmental Justice Coalition for Water; Environmental Protection Information Center; Environmental Working Group; Food & Water Watch; Foothill Conservancy; Friends of the River; Karuk Tribe; Klamath Riverkeeper; North Coast Stream Flow Coalition; Northern California Council Federation of Fly Fishers; Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations; Planning and Conservation League; Restore the Delta; Sacramento River Preservation Trust; San Mateo County Democracy for America; Save the American River Association; Save the Bay Association; Sierra Club, California; Sierra Nevada Alliance; Southern California Watershed Alliance; the Bay Institute, and, Winnemem Wintu Tribe.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

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February 15, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:A presentation on Western burrowing owls is planned for the monthly meeting of the Altacal Aububon Society, 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. Eighth St.plans to increase local populations, including creation of the successful artificial habitat at Tuscan Preserve in Chico.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

January 5, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The state already has a lot of water infrastructure including reservoirs, aquifers, and dams.More than 1,400 dams play an integral role in helping move water from the northern part of the state to the southern portion.“The department has been looking at storage projects for many years,” Bardini said. “Not just for water supply but for environmental protection and meeting additional Delta outflow requirements.”Jim Watson is the Sites Reservoir Project manager who says this project could be one way to increase water storage in the state.Policy Advocate Ron Stork  with Sacramento based Friends of the River organization said the cost of building all of the major proposed projects in the state would surpass $9 billion and leave a large environmental footprint.“We can’t dam our way to paradise anymore because we  have already dammed most of our rivers,” Stork said.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

January 4, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:DWR says reassessing the prioritization of California groundwater basins is currently underway. The Bulletin 118 interim update will be amended in 2017 to include the approach for, and results of, the basin prioritization at the completion of that effort.Under SGMA, groundwater sustainability agencies must be established for all groundwater basins which DWR has identified as high and medium priority by June 30, 2017.Groundwater sustainability plans, or their equivalent, must be established for all other high and medium priority basins by Jan. 31, 2022.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

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