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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 throughout its 40 years, BEC has had a significant voice in shaping the environment and policies of Butte County and beyond.

BEC in the News

August 26, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:On a recent Saturday, three staffers with the Butte Environmental Council were demonstrating how to build a simple contraption to harvest the rain.Illegal in California before 2012, rain barrels aren’t going to save the Delta Smelt, spring run salmon or next year’s almond crop. But they can irrigate gardens, reduce water bills and reduce loads on sewage plants. If adopted widely enough, the water saved becomes a lot more than a few drops in the proverbial bucket.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

June 2, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Natalie Carter, executive director of the Butte Environmental Council, also sees benefit from deliberation. Noting that the BRCP’s 50-year term exceeds the general plans of both Butte County and Chico, she says, “it’s smart to be cautious about these kinds of things—thoughtful and evaluative.”On the BRCP overall, Carter said, “the concept and the core of it is a really strong thing, and wonderful. It’s a remarkable effort that should be appreciated by our community.”Tags: Butte County, Community, BRCP, chico, news, BECby: ndcarter

May 11, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:As part of the process, the utility has pledged to plant 64 new trees along the Midway roadway itself. These mostly native species of plants will build and enhance the Midway’s distinctive tree canopy, according to PG&E public affairs manager Joe Wilson.The utility consulted with the county, the resource district and the Butte Environmental Council on its Midway plan.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

BEC News Interests

August 24, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The Assembly approved sweeping climate-change legislation Tuesday that extends the state’s targets for reducing greenhouse gases from 2020 to 2030 in a controversial billBut one of the state’s programs to fight climate change — cap and trade — remains threatened by a legal challenge that has cast uncertainty on its future and has discouraged the carbon credit market.Brown said in a statement that he will sign the bill when it reaches his desk, and he expressed optimism about the future despite the threats to the cap-and-trade program.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

August 16, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Every second Saturday of the month, The Stream Team spends the morning surveying spots along Big Chico Creek to get a snapshot of the health of the creek.The water is most pristine where the creek starts, near Highway 32, and declines slightly as it moves down through the lower urban zones."The data that we collect is entered into the state water teams data set and the State Water Resource Control Board data set," Timmarie Hamill, the Director of The Stream Team, said.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

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