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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.

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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

July 14, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:he Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, known as SGMA, is comprehensive statewide groundwater legislation that went into effect Jan. 1, 2015. SGMA requires for the first time sustainable groundwater management throughout California. The legislation allows local agencies to develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans specific to local conditions, however, if local agencies cannot or will not manage groundwater sustainably, the state will step in.The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, known as SGMA, is comprehensive statewide groundwater legislation that went into effect Jan. 1, 2015.The California Department of Water Resources has developed Groundwater Sustainability Plan Regulations which define six "Sustainability Indicators" for undesirable results.SGMA requires formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, which will be responsible for developing and implementing Groundwater Sustainability Plans. Only local public agencies with water supply, water management or land use responsibilities are eligible to be a GSA.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

July 7, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:the majority of the deep groundwater studied is neither drinkable nor usable for agricultural purposes due to its high salt content. Most of it would need to be desalinated, at an enormous cost.The state has classified 21 groundwater basins as critically stressed, many of which are in the Central Valley. In these basins, the negative consequences of over-pumping can already be seen in the thousands of domestic wells that have run dry, leaving residents without basic access to drinking water; the depletion of surface waters, harming aquatic ecosystems and people with surface water rights; and the sinking ground beneath farms and communities, which is cracking important infrastructure such as highways, bridges and canals.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

July 6, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Can Chico handle a supersized Walmart on Forest Avenue? And do the big box’s plans and the project’s potential for added jobs and sales tax outweigh the increased traffic and probability of nearby stores closing their doors in its wake?The EIR points to only one significant unavoidable impact, which is based on increased trips on Highway 99 between East 20th Street and Highway 32. However, it also suggests several areas of possible contention, which include air quality, aesthetics, noise, biological resources and urban decay.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

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