Like you, we keep up with news about any parks – not just state parks. We’ve seen our national parks in crisis the last few weeks during the government shutdown. The situation is serious: Wildlife picking through bins piled high with trash, latrines overflowing with waste, unfettered off-roading in fragile ecosystems and more.
If you share our concerns, here are some things you can do:
We believe public lands should be open and available to all – but given current conditions, it’s worth re-considering plans until national parks are fully staffed, safe to visit and can more fully be enjoyed. In California our 280 state parks (as well as many other regional and local parks) are open, unaffected and waiting to be enjoyed.
If you do visit a national park, be prepared to carry out what you carry in, and practice “Leave No Trace” principles to protect plant and animal life. Ask other visitors you meet to do the same.
When national parks reopen, volunteer your time to clean up and restore areas damaged during the shutdown.
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P.S. Did you know that Yosemite used to be a state park? Set aside for public use and preservation as a California state park in 1864, it was designated as a national park in 1890, the third in the United States. Next year, it will celebrate its 130th birthday as a national park!
We won another victory (our fifth one!) yesterday, March 16, at the San Diego Regional Water Quality Board (RWQB.) The RWQB adopted findings that once and for all rejected Waste Water Discharge permits the Toll Road Authority’s (TCA) had requested. They did so with a vote of 6-0. We are thrilled. This victory was not a forgone conclusions because a great number of the RWQB Commissioners were new to the dialogue.
When RWQB originally rejected the permits in July 2013, the TCA appealed that decision to the California Water Board. The California Water Board remanded the decision back to San Diego, saying that the Board needed to make more thorough findings but that the legal basis to their original decision was sound. The staff report to the RWQB was excellent and in the end was persuasive.
CSPF members sent 388 letters to the RWQB at our request, making our advocacy voice heard loud and clear. Overall all the organizations in the Coalition generated more than 5,000 letters supporting San Onofre.
As always, we are delighted to be a part of such a strong coalition of protectors of San Onofre, including the Surfrider Foundation, NRDC, Audubon, and the Endangered Habitats League. We all bring our own strengths to this fight and are so much better for it.
We are all hoping this project doesn’t have NINE lives.