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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

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

May 10, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The annual event is hosted by the Butte Environmental Council as a way to share information about the environment and promote the protection of endangered species.It rained for the entire four hours the group was setting up their booths, but once 11 a.m. rolled around, the skies were mostly clear, BEC executive director Natalie Carter said.Tags: endangered, species, faire, chico, BECby: ndcarter

BEC News Interests

June 9, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Assembly Bill 2551 recently passed the Assembly and will head to the Senate. It would allow water storage projects to use so-called alternative delivery methods, allowing several steps in construction, such as designing and building, to happen at the same time.the measure could take several years off the construction timeline of Sites if it gets funding, said Thad Bettner, general manager of Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District.Tags: surface water, water, sites, water storage, AB2551by: ndcarter

June 9, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:California Tribal Policy Advisor Anecita Agustinez explains how Native American communities are impacted by some of the state’s most pressing water issues.Right now it would be access to state funds – the Proposition 1 water bond funding. Tribes are following it very closely.SGMA is going to be the biggest concern to Tribes. It’s water policy management over the next 20 years that has to be looked at, and it’s a great opportunity to understand that you can’t be independent on some of these water issues. Water doesn’t have boundaries – it’s going to flow through tribal and non-tribal lands.Tags: water, groundwater, SGMA, tribes, Prop 1by: ndcarter

June 1, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve’s 10th Annual Butterfly Count is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.Spend a day with the experts, learn about the butterflies and contribute to science at the beautiful reserve. Some moderately strenuous walking will be required.Tags: chico, creek, butterfly, count, Butte Countyby: ndcarter

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