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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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January 5, 2017

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  • We are excited to be working with Bryce Goldstein, one of 2017's people to watch! Together we are striving for local climate change awareness and real positive change! - ndcarter

Highlights and Sticky Notes:In Chico, that means Goldstein is working with nonprofits like Butte Environmental Council and GRID Alternatives as well as city staff and the Sustainability Task Force to implement the city’s Climate Action Plan. That plan calls for a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gases over 2005 levels by the year 2020.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

December 29, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:In January, dogged tree activist Charles Withuhn continued his effort to replenish the urban forest by offering free trees to the public through his organization, Chico Tree Advocates. “What makes me grateful to live here is not the bushes. It’s these towering giants that have been here since Annie Bidwell, and they’re not being replaced,” he told CN&R.On March 1, Natalie Carter stepped down from her post as general manager at the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market to take the reins as executive director of Butte Environmental Council.In the June primary, Butte County voters showed their overwhelming support for banning hydraulic fracturing locally: Measure E, sponsored by local group Frack-Free Butte County, won by 71.5 percent of the vote.The November election also resulted in California voting to uphold the plastic bag ban, meaning grocers in other areas of Butte County (Chico had its own bag ban in place already) will have to follow suit.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

December 29, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:“BEC is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, in a press release.“We are so proud of our many accomplishments this year, including our 29th annual Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup event that brought out more than 500 community volunteers who cleaned over four tons of waste and recyclables from our local creeks.”Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

BEC News Interests

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

December 19, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The State Water Commission determined the guidelines for groups seeking funds through Proposition 1 for new water storage.If all goes well, the Water Commission should begin evaluating the applications a year from now.Within the guidelines is wording that the project needs to “contribute to the long-term ecological health of the delta,” Watson said. The Commission’s tasks will be a tough one — to consider all the proposals and estimate what combination will do the most good, he said.As for the applications, larger projects like Sites Reservoir, “have a higher threshold to cross,” including “rigorous modeling” and climate change preparation work.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

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