From the Chair : Marilyn Jasper

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On a beautiful Saturday morning in February, over 100 people turned out for one of the few opportunities in Placer County to discuss the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).

The League of Women Voters of Placer County (LWV PC) sponsored a public forum with a panel of well-respected water experts who debated the BDCP issues for two hours. The LWV PC is to be commended for a job well done—their hard-working member, Lynne Roberts (a Placer Group founder) did a great job rounding up the panel.

Two days before, almost as many turned out for an evening presentation in Foresthill on "Fish and Dust: Legacy Impacts from the Gold Rush." The Sierra Fund arranged the informational meeting and asked interested organizations to co-sponsor; the Placer Group was one of those.

The presentations were excellent on topics of great importance—mercury in our waterways and the problems it creates for human and animal health, and asbestos issues when inhaled via recreational activities. Some in the audience, who have been impacted by dredging prohibitions, that can stir up mercury to exacerbate the problems, were less than courteous, but the Sierra Fund speakers were firm, patient, and understanding.

Retraction from last issue: In the last issue, in asking for your input and future involvement, I made a statement that was incorrect. It was, "Let us know so that we can continue being the only voice of environmental conservation in Placer County." One reader responded and rightfully pointed out that there are indeed a number of conservation
groups working in Placer County; and that although it may seem as if we are alone in the trenches, others are working hard as well—albeit in different areas. We are fortunate to have not only the two organizations mentioned above, but also Friends of the North Fork, Protect American River Canyons (PARC), North Fork American River Alliance,
and many others who constantly inform the public, and/or stand up and speak out on Placer County's environmental issues, such as Audubon and California Native Plant Society (CNPS). So, I stand corrected…

But I'm still asking for your help to work on environmental protection. The input was appreciated, and I'm happy the newsletter is being read!

Last, in order to generate more member participation and interest in Placer Group activities, we are pondering the idea of moving our Member/ExCom meetings to different locations. The monthly meetings have been held in Auburn for consistency, but additional attendance has not occurred. Although Auburn has the largest block
of members, Roseville and Lincoln memberships are substantial.

Let us know if holding one meeting every four months or so in your area would be enough incentive for you to attend.



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