Only twice a year our Chapter mails a special postal package inviting you to become a local environmental changemaker, and I hope that by now you have received it. If you have already responded, we thank you. If not, please take a minute to do it now. Please remember that only a sliver of your Sierra Club membership dues is returned to Loma Prieta to support our work for a healthy environment, but 100% of your gift made directly to the Chapter will be spent locally. See donation options, including employer matching opportunities.
Help Prepare Your Community for the Impacts of Sea Level Rise. Be Involved in the King Tides Project!
This winter, King Tides are expected to hit the Bay Area on January 21-22, 2023.
Every year, the California Coastal Commission puts together a statewide project around King Tides to study sea level rise. This year, our Bay Alive campaign will be doing a deep dive on this project to look at how these tides impact our region. This is a three part project that involves attending our webinar, photographing King Tides in your area, and building a community story map that traces the effects of the tides throughout the Bay, and we need your help!
Drought and Wastewater contributed to Bay Area Algae Bloom
Excerpts from the NBC Bay Area article
"Experts believe the drought, along with treated wastewater from the Bay Area's sewage plants contributed to August's algal bloom, also known as a red tide.
The biggest fear of the impact of the die-off is to green sturgeon, which are listed as federally threatened.
"One of the actions we were suggesting," Schreier said, "is to switch, even temporarily, from a harvest fishery to a catch and release fishery.”
... easing the way for new housing construction and lowering the cost of building in the formerly car-oriented city. Now, new rules will require developers to include bicycle parking—“including one bike for every two lanes at bowling alleys and at least one bicycle spot for every 800 square feet at restaurants."
Note: Parking minimums are local laws that require private businesses and residences to provide at least a certain number of off-street parking spaces.
The Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency, POST and Santa Clara County Parks have purchased 17-acres (Gschwend Property) at the southern rim of San Jose - the gateway to Coyote Valley.
The land is habitat to species such as the endangered Bay Checkerspot butterfly and contains important wildlife linkages such as Coyote-Alamitos canal, which meanders on the property to a culvert that allows deer, bobcats, coyotes and other wildlife to safely cross Santa Teresa Blvd.
This is a huge success for our wildlife and open space advocates, who have tenaciously fought in collaboration with community and environmental groups such as The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and Green Foothills.
CNPS Santa Clara Valley Chapter's annual Growing Natives Garden Tour
Saturday - Sunday, April 1 - 2, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January: Water Always Wins- thriving in an age of drought and deluge, by Erica Gies February: Nomad Century- How climate migration will reshape our world, by Gaia Vince March: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver April: The Intersectional Environmentalist- How to dismantle systems of oppression to protect people plus planet by Leah Thomas May: Regenesis- Feeding the world without devouring the planet by George Monbiot June: Euphoria by Lily King July: The Flag The Cross, And The Station Wagon by Bill McKibben. August: Rescuing the Planet- protecting half the land to heal the earth by Tony Hiss. September: The New Wilderness by Diane Cook October: There Are No Accidents- the deadly rise injury and disaster, who profits, and who pays the price by Jessie Singer November: Bicycling with Butterflies by Sara Dykman December: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
BioBlitz at Coyote Creek Visitors Center
Location: 19245 Malaguerra Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA, 95037
Saturday January 21st
9AM - 11AM
A BioBlitz focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, and other community members work together to get an overall count of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place.
Docents will guide you and teach you to use the iNaturalist app on your smartphone to record all the living things you encounter.
Electric Vehicles are resource intensive and inequitable. Lithium mines use vast amounts of water in what is already one of the driest places on Earth, thus endangering Indigenous peoples, rare flamingos; vegetation that feeds goats, sheep, and llama-like guanacos; and an Atacameño way of life followed by communities for thousands of years.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission makes decisions on how hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent. We encourage those who take the survey to select the option for "provide online/telephone options for participating rather than in-person events", as some in-person meetings are difficult to attend.
Looking to Electrify but Don't Know Where to Start? Begin Here!
YOU Can Make a Difference for Local Environmental Protection!
Our Environmental Legislative Action Team and Climate Action Leadership Team will show you how.
Your Loma Prieta Chapter is organizing a network of advocacy teams at the city level.
These are city-focused teams with the twin goals of spearheading actions to combat climate change and to conserve and restore natural habitats.
You will be working with city council members, key city staff, county officials, and other environmental activists. We welcome and educate those who are new to climate policy.
Financial regulators are hoping to force big companies and investment managers to disclose climate information. If you'd like to join local grassroots effective work to make these changes happen, please contact Sue Chow, email@example.com
Loma Prieta Chapter, Chair of Environmental Legislative Action Committee
Note: regardless of the name/origin of the outing section, all are welcome!
Wed 1/18/23, 10:00 AM. Hike San Francisco Crosstown Trail
Thu 1/19/23,10:00 AM. Hike El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve
Wed 1/25/23, 10:00 AM. Hike Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
Peninsula Clean Energy rebates
Peninsula Clean Energy is providing homeowners in San Mateo County and the City of Los Banos interest-free financing and new rebates to install electric appliances and make other energy-efficiency upgrades.
The agency’s new Zero Percent Loan program will provide interest-free financing for up to $10,000 per home for projects that include installation of electric heat pump equipment, including water heaters and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units. Gas-powered equipment will not be eligible for the financing.
Photographers, help protect local nature with your images! Share with us your high-resolution photos of local nature, with or without people, to inspire local residents to support Loma Prieta Chapter work. Please contact Chapter Development Coordinator Justyna Guterman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Loma Prieta Chapter was founded in 1933; what other important events happened in the same year? Keep reading the Loma Prieta Chapter eNewsletter to discover much more!
1933 January 5: construction of the Golden Gate Bridge bega. 1933, January 16: birth of Susan Sontag, novelist (died 2004) 1933, January 2: birth of Chita Rivera, actress and dancer
Liberty and Justice for All,
James Eggers, Director
Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter
Thank you to our 2022 Guardians on Nature Benefit Sponsors
Sierra Nevada Sentinels Mary Buxton and Ron Hess
Alan and Irene Adler
Lisa Barboza and Brian Roach
Patricia Borga Suvari Sue Chow Nancy and David Crabbe Gladwyn D'Souza
Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor
and 2018 Guardians of Nature Honoree,
and Mary Hughes
Richard Simpson and Ann Reisenauer
Sid and Linda Liebes
Larry L. Lundberg
Lisa and Shawn Britton
Peter and Melanie Cross
Ruth MacDonald-Degener and
Rick and Karen DeGolia
Susan Ellenberg, Santa Clara County
Jerry Hearn and Rebecca Reynolds
Wayne and Judith Hooper
Sergio Jimenez, Councilmember, San Jose
Ruth Stoner Muzzin
Kevin Mullin, Assemblymember
Enid Pearson, 2019 Guardians of Nature
Lucas Ramirez, Mayor, Mountain View
Emily Renzel, 2019 Guardians of Nature
Lennie Roberts, 2016 Guardians of Nature
Charles and Jaime Schafer
Johanna Schmid and Ed Reed
Tara Sreekrishnan, Santa Clara County
Board of Education Trustee
The COVID-19 crisis has not passed and continues to disproportionately harm Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people and other communities of color. The pandemic has revealed how the communities hardest hit are often the same communities that suffer from high levels of pollution and poor access to healthcare. The fight for environmental justice cannot be separated from the fight for racial justice.