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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.