Santa Cruz County appointed a citizen's advisory committee to develop a list of potential dump sites. The committee's list of 30 sites includes two coastal sites near Pescadero, both in the Coastal Zone and surrounded by state parks and accessible only via San Mateo County roads. Both sites heavily forested with redwood and Douglas fir trees, and are zoned for commercial timber production.
Site 29, the "Holmes" property on Cascade Creek, is ranked fifth of the 30 sites. This lush canyon would require access through historic farmland protected by conservation easements, and is upstream of the water supplies for Aņo Nuevo State Park and Cascade Ranch.
Site 30, the Girl Scout Camp on Whitehouse Creek, is ranked 4th of the 30 sites. The camp is nestled between Big Basin and Aņo Nuevo / Cascade Ranch, and its steep access road passes through important habitat for endangered species, and is already susceptible to erosion and landslides.
Why this is important
The creeks and riparian areas of Aņo Nuevo/Cascade Ranch are important Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas (ESHAs) that support federal and state protected species, including the California red-legged frog, San Francisco garter snake, and steelhead trout. Siting a landfill on or adjacent to these ESHAs would violate the State Coastal Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act.
Both sites would require access through lands protected by conservation easements or the state parks system. Existing steep, narrow unpaved roads would have to be widened, negatively impacting the very park, agricultural, and scenic values that are now protected.
Committee for Green Foothills is urging the Integrated Waste Management Local Task Force to reject these two sites, number 29 and 30, from further consideration for a landfill. Please add your voice to ours!
What you can do
Santa Cruz County officials have scheduled a hearing for this Thursday to receive input from the public. Please ask the Task Force to withdraw proposed landfill sites 29 and 30 from further consideration due to the serious environmental harm that would be caused by a landfill at either site.
1. Speak up at this Thursday's public hearing
2. Write a letter
If you can't attend the hearing, please write
to Santa Cruz County's Public Works Director and Board of Supervisors
in opposition to proposed landfill sites #29 and #30.
Please get your letter in by noon on Thursday, September 2.
As always, please send a copy to us so we can track the efficacy of our work: Fax (650) 968-8431 or info@GreenFoothills.org.
3. Learn more...
Stay on top of the latest with this and other local environmental issues -- sign up to receive Committee for Green Foothills action alerts by email.
4. Support Committee for
We need your help to protect our foothills and open space. Current volunteer opportunities...
Just what is an "urban growth boundary" or a "habitat conservation plan" anyway? See our comprehensive online glossary...
you can take:
Become a CGF member...
Get alerts via email...
Links to other environmental organizations