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BEC Protects

The Butte Environmental Council (BEC) is a non-profit environmental organization based in Chico, California. Our mission is to preserve and conserve the Earth’s natural resources, with particular attention to environmental issues in Northern California. BEC was formed in 1975 and throughout its 37 years, BEC has had a significant voice in shaping the environment and policies of Butte County and beyond.

BEC in the News

March 5, 2015

Highlights and Sticky Notes:A clean-up of Little Chico Creek from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday is being touted as a “block party with a purpose.”After gathering near the windchime sculpture at the park on Humboldt Avenue near Willow Street, volunteers and community members will remove garbage from the creek and park, according to an event flier. Invasive weeds will also be cleared.Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and long-sleeve shirts and to bring gloves and a reusable water bottle, if available. Organizers will provide tools, waste bins and water. They will also provide lunch and lemonade to volunteers.

The event is sponsored by the city of Chico, Butte Environmental Council, Waste Management and the Mount Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.Tags: BEC, chico, water, cleanup, creekby: rdifalco

February 10, 2015


  • John Scott is a member of the BEC Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the BEC Advocacy Committee. He is also a member of the Butte County Water Commission. - rdifalco

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Supervisors will surely vote to protect the countyI think our Butte County supervisors have the tenacity and courage to do the right thing by supporting the Butte County written ordinance to ban fracking.This ban will protect our community, its farmers, ranchers and all future generations from the inevitable destruction of our aquifer brought about from hydraulic fracking,Will any of our supervisors vote to support fracking and sell you out to big energy?Stand with me to support all the supervisors that vote to ban hydraulic fracking in Butte County.

— John Scott, Butte ValleyTags: BEC, Butte County, fracking, waterby: rdifalco

February 2, 2015

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Butte County supervisors must act on fracking banThousands of Butte County citizens joined members of Frack-free Butte County, Butte Environmental Council and the Sierra Club to demonstrate our desire for a ban against fracking in our petition to the county last year.Since then, numerous health, water, air, disposal, climate, transport, soil, seismic and other problems with fracking were described in letters to the editor. In April, the Butte County Board of Supervisors asked the Planning Commission staff to develop a ban; it was tighter than our own ban. Now the time has arrived for the board to sign onto the staff’s excellent ban.Tags: BEC, fracking, Butte County, waterby: rdifalco

BEC News Interests

March 5, 2015

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01) and Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA-03) today announced the introduction of HR 1060, which will accelerate the completion of a feasibility study of Sites Reservoir and authorize the project should it be found feasible. Located in Colusa and Glenn counties, Sites Reservoir is a proposed off-stream reservoir that would store as much as 1.8 million acre feet of water for cities, agriculture and the environment.Tags: water, california, legislation, dams, Sites Resevoirby: rdifalco

February 18, 2015

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Humankind didn’t do fish and wildlife any favors when it went on a dam-building spree a half-century ago. Now science it trying to help with a small bit of payback.The impacts the massive structures would have on fish and critters were barely considered in the name of progress as society sought modern solutions to the problems of supplying water and electricity for a growing population.It only took a few years to figure out the stunning negative impact dams would have on rivers that contained spawning anadromous fish, however.

With hundreds of miles of spawning tributaries cut off by structures like Shasta Dam, Oroville Dam, Trinity Dam and the many dams on the Klamath River, salmon and steelhead populations on the rivers plummeted. Tags: water, fish, salmonby: rdifalco

February 17, 2015

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Like gold, it lies beneath ground. We use it but don’t manage it. My interest in it may differ from yours. But if we don’t cooperate, the resource may go away and we’re both hurt. What is it? Groundwater.The bottom line is that California’s population growth, coupled with that pesky multi-year drought, pitch one-two strikes that stress out the aquifers.Tags: water, california, Butte Countyby: rdifalco

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