NEWS WORTH NOTING: Volunteers needed for Delta waterways cleanup this Saturday; Crystal Geyser Final EIR for Siskiyou County bottling plant released
Volunteers needed for Delta waterways cleanup this Saturday
From the Delta Conservancy:
The Conservancy co-sponsors two annual cleanups to educate and promote awareness of the importance of protecting and improving water quality in the Delta. The trash that finds its way to the Delta is a serious water pollution problem for both humans and wildlife. At Delta Waterway Cleanups, volunteers actively participate in water stewardship practices by cleaning up trash and preventing it from reaching waterways and ultimately, the ocean. Delta Waterway Cleanups provide a personal experience connecting volunteers with the issue of trash pollution. After participating in a Delta Waterway Cleanup, volunteers recognize first-hand the need to reduce the amount of waste we create, recycle and reuse the waste we do create and dispose of waste properly and thoughtfully.
The next Delta Waterway Cleanup is scheduled to take place Saturday, September 16th from 9:00 am to 12:00 as a part of the International Coastal Cleanup Day. We will be hosting cleanup sites this year at Lower Morrison Creek/Bufferlands, Sherman Island, and Grizzly Island Trail. At this year’s event, the Conservancy will be working with HammerDirt California, a citizen science nonprofit, to track and map the trash we find in the Delta. HammerDirt uses a phone app to collect, sort and map trash found anywhere in the world. This digital database allows individuals to contribute to a global trash monitoring effort. We invite you to participate and to learn more.
Crystal Geyser Final EIR for Siskiyou County bottling plant released
“On Friday, September 8th, Siskiyou County released to the public its Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on the Crystal Geyser bottling plant project. Even a brief examination of the 64 pdf documents that comprise the FEIR shows that almost all of the concerns and objections of the over 150 comments submitted on the Draft EIR were inappropriately deemed to be wrong, without merit, or misconceived and given no serious response.
Where a few comments were found to be “with merit,” changes were made but without an analysis of the original flaws in the Draft EIR, merely stating that these changes make the issues raised “no longer relevant.” This treatment of public comment violates the CEQA Guidelines that mandate responses are to be “addressed in detail giving reasons why specific comments and suggestions were not accepted.” The FEIR found that no mitigations of any sort were needed on issues of air quality, traffic effects, visual aesthetics, aquifer protection, water quality, plastic pollution or hours of operation. In addition, several mitigations from the original DEIR were modified to be less stringent. … ”
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