West Coast Ocean Forum Sierra Club Free Event — Nov. 5th 1-4 PM

Whether we believe it or not, our lives depend on the ocean.  The Sierra Club is holding an important forum on Nov. 5th.  Here is the info and where to sign up West Coast Ocean Forum 

Here is the notice

How can we enhance our coast’s
biodiversity and environmental health while mitigating the impacts of climate
change, overharvesting, and pollution in our oceans?
The Sierra Club’s Marine Action Team is excited to announce our
upcoming West Coast Forum on marine and coastal issues.
When: Saturday, November 5,
2016, 1pm – 4 pm
Where:  La Jolla, CA

This forum is free and open
to the public
, with lunch refreshments and a meet-and-greet
The forum will touch on a variety of important issues and offers
a unique opportunity for you to network with activists, other environmental
groups, elected officials, agency personnel, and policy makers. Guest s
peakers (list here ) will
examine such topics as endangered species, climate change and offshore oil,
aquaculture, ecosystem based fishery management, National Ocean Policy, and
tools to effectively protect and preserve our ocean ecosystems for the future.

West Coast Ocean Forum

Vote NO on Measures A and B: Environmental, Climate, Jobs, and Community Groups urge

The San Diego Quality of Life coalition, including organizations that work on climate solutions, environmental issues, jobs, and public health have banded together to urge strong opposition to Measure A.  You can learn more here No Way Measure A Website.  Opponents to measure A include Climate Action Campaign, Sierra Club, Environmental Health Coalition, and others

A No vote is also urged on Measure B a developer sponsored proposition that would allow developer to circumvent the public process and result in more sprawl development, worsening our traffic and fire risks.  More info here Save Our Contryside No on B website.  Opposition to Measure B includes local community groups, League of Conservation Voters, San Diego Audubon Society, League of Women voters, North County Climate Coalition, and others

If passed, these two measures would have devastating impacts on our local region.  Please choose with the future in mind.

Farm Stand West Fall Harvest Festival This Weekend! Don’t miss it!

One of our Jewels of Escondido is our wonderful Farm Stand West.  If you haven’t visited yet, you are missing out.  Just today, they have their magnificent collection of Cinderella pumpkins, persimmons, tomatoes, jams, garlic, dragon fruit, etc….  This weekend is their annual Fall Harvest Festival with artists, crafters, bakers, and growers!  You won’t want to miss it.
2551 Miller Rd @ Citracado Pkwy and I-15.  This Saturday and Sunday on Oct 22-23 from 10am to 5pm.  Call 760-738-9014 for more info
See you there!

Water Board recommends Felicita Creek for listing as impaired from Chatham wastes

An important action took place for our region last week at the Water Board meeting.  Here’s a little water quality regulation background for some context.  The Federal and famous Clean Water Act that has done so much to protect, preserve, enhance, and cleanup our country’s waterways so that they are ‘fishable and swimmable’ .  Part of what is required is that water bodies (like Felicita Creek) that do not meet their ‘beneficial uses’ and cannot expect to without additional attention, are put on a list of called the 303(d) list of Impaired Waterbodies.

For many years, Felicita Creek has been listed on the 303(d) list for a few conditions.  However, this year the Water Board is recommending that the pollutants from the Chatham waste site be added to the list of impairments: TCE, PCE, and 1,4-dioxane.  Escondido Neighbors United had requested and supports these additional listings.  We appreciate the Water Board’s action to include this new information on the updated list which prioritizes areas for the region.

Now, the State Water Board and then the US EPA still must sign off but ENU hopes it will continue to elevate our lovely creek as a priority for protection and action in the near future.

The new list isn’t updated list, but go here to learn more. San Diego Water Board website 303d

Stay Tuned!

Community Threatened by Sewer Lines: Rincon Water District – Holding Last Minute Public Hearing on Tuesday 10/11/16

This from our Friends of Eden Valley…Please support them if you can!
Late last week, Rincon Del Diablo Water District announced a last minute public hearing to hear feedback from the public regarding their Sewer Master Plan Related to Exercising Latent Powers Authority. We need as many people as possible to attend this extremely important meeting as it will be attended by important decision makers in the district. The District released their Draft Sewer Master Plan Document on Friday afternoon and are hosting the meeting on Tuesday . The meeting announcement just meets the minimum advance notice requirements of the Brown Act, but it is enough time to read and digest the document.
When: Tuesday, October 11, 6pm to 9pm
Where: Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District Office,
Address: 1920 North Iris Lane, Escondido, California.
What: This previously unscheduled meeting, seems to be in response to the strong showing at the NOP meeting (thanks all who showed) in which ratepayers and members of the public expressed opposition and concern about the District’s plans. On Friday, they released their DRAFT 2016 Sewer Master Plan (see link: here) and have given us only a few days to digest it before the meeting on Tuesday. Those who plan to attend, please take a look at the document and be prepared to ask the hard questions (but respectfully and in the spirit of cooperation and openness).
Important: The entire Board of Directors for the District will be present at this meeting and will “consider all oral and written comments, if any, in connection with the 2016 Sewer Master Plan.”
Implications: This meeting is extremely important. We strongly urge ALL ratepayers in Eden Valley and Harmony Grove to attend this meeting and be prepared to comment, particularly as it pertains to how this plan affects you as a ratepayer and a member of a rural community. It will be important to let them know that the plan goes directly against the wishes of our communities (as documented in our community plan and encoded in the General Plan of San Diego) and does not bring any benefit to ratepayers or the rest of the community. We also encourage anyone (not just ratepayers) in the Eden Valley, Harmony Grove and Elfin Forest communities to attend to help make the statement that we are united as a community and strongly oppose sewer lines anywhere in our community due to the well-documented fact that sewer lines induce growth and development where otherwise there would be none. This affects everyone in the unincorporated communities of Eden Valley, Harmony Grove andElfin Forest.

Development Nightmares begins: Sewer extension project underway on Felicita Road

We are sorry to report that the infrastructure upgrade to increase development in our area has begun.   This is to notify users of Felicita Road that the Southwest Sewer Replacement Project will result in traffic delays and road work for several months.
ENU had commented extensively on this project and the project that it facilitates, Oak Creek, but the City Council of Escondido pursued it. This extension will allow significant increases in development in our area.  In addition, it is still our concern that it potentially could cause an exposure to workers and some neighbors from the contamination in the water table from the Chatham waste site.   Our objections can be found here ENU comments on Final MND  and here Additional comment on MND.

Next, we must be prepare ourselves that they will be cutting of so many beautiful oak trees along the road.