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Join us in helping keep Chico's urban creeks clean and invasive-free the first Saturday of every month.

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This event brings together local environmental organizations and their supporters for a night of conversation and celebration.  This reception is the final event of the This Way to Sustainability conference taking place at CSU, Chico on March 24-25.

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A day of free entertainment and education for all ages with music, activities, a rescued animal show and a larger-than-life puppet parade.

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BEC Protects

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

February 12, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Butte Environmental Council has been awarded a $58,000 Energy Upgrade California grant to foster clean energy efficiency throughout the county this year.Tags: BEC, chico, Butte County, energy, education, environmentalby: beckyholden

February 10, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Last week, the Concerned Citizens of Glenn County and a number of other individuals, largely from the Hamilton City area, made known their opposition to the Glenn County Solid Waste Conversion Facility project, overseen by KVB Inc. and at a proposed site along Stony Creek.Becky Holden and Lindsey Wood, both employees of the Butte Environmental Council and Glenn County residents, both expressed their displeasure with the project in its proposed location and cited the Stony Creek waterway and the groundwater table as reasons for concern.

"We're following this issue," Holden, a resident of Ord Bend, said. "We believe this project has submitted an inadequate EIR, and I realize that is still being worked on. The KVB project is the wrong project for Glenn County, and it is especially at the wrong site."Tags: BEC, Glenn, KVBby: beckyholden

February 9, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The Butte County Fish and Game Commission held its quarterly meeting Tuesday in Chico. CDFW biologist Tracy McReynolds reported that only 129 steelhead have returned so far to the Feather River Hatchery. This low number means that there will likely not be any excess eggs to continue the popular steelhead planting project into the Thermalito Afterbay.The commissioners also finalized the 2017 financial grants: Butte Environmental Council-$1,000;Tags: BEC, Butte County, fish and game, clean-up, creeksby: rdifalco

BEC News Interests

January 12, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Oroville >> People are wearing raincoats and watching water run down the gutter. However, the recent rains do not mean the end of California’s four-year drought.Butte County’s water resources scientist Christina Buck said the local rainfall is still only at about 89 percent of average for this time of year. That’s based on rain through last week and beginning Oct. 1, which is the start of the “water year.”Over the past four years more groundwater was pulled from wells, at the same time that rains were not replenishing that underground water supply. To get back to normal will take some time, and a lot of rain.Other areas, in and around Chico, for example, have seen groundwater decrease 10-15 feet since 2004, Buck explained via the charts.The overall average change of all the wells monitored in the county was negative 2 feet, Buck explained.This included 88 wells that registered lower, and 22 that were actually higher.The county’s proposal is to conduct preliminary mapping for a recharge area, using Butte Water District, mentioned above.Carol Perkins, a water advocate for Butte Environmental Council, told the members of the Water Commission that she hopes when those groundwater jurisdictions are established, they will consider watersheds, rather than existing water use boundaries. Some examples of watersheds are Butte Creek, Big Chico Creek and the Feather River, she said.

“This might give groundwater dependent farmers a more prominent voice in this process,” Perkins said.“As it stands right now, our only voice is the county for those areas.”Tags: water, california, Chico, Butte County, rain, droughtby: rdifalco

January 4, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The Sacramento Bee editorial promoting construction of Sites reservoir noted that it would cost $3 billion to $4 billion (; Editorials, Dec. 27).
Proposals to build Sites have been put forth since the 1940s, and none have gotten past a drawing board. No study has ever shown that the project makes economic sense. Even Don Hodel, President Ronald Reagan’s interior secretary, said the Sites project would never pencil out.
Sites reservoir would add a little more than 1 percent to the state’s storage capacity. And since it would be a pump-storage reservoir, with water diverted from the Sacramento River, there would be no water to pump during periods of extended drought such as the one we are in now.
There are better alternatives for increasing California’s water supply.In addition, retiring the land would free up to 455,000 acre-feet of water annually.Tags: water, california, Sites Resevoirby: rdifalco

December 29, 2015

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Oroville >> After coming within five feet of a record low last week, water levels on Lake Oroville are rising.The lake elevation dropped to 649.51 feet on Dec. 9, above the record low of 645 feet set Sept. 7, 1977, according to DWR information online. Last year, the lake dropped to 647.67 feet.Tags: no_tagby: rdifalco

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