Author: Brian Schmidt

Biggest Step Yet to Close Lehigh Quarry
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Biggest Step Yet to Close Lehigh Quarry

Last month we received the great news that Lehigh Quarry operators were shutting down the kiln at the Lehigh cement plant and stopping all further mining. However, other parts of Lehigh’s operations at the site could continue for up to 20 years. This makes it vitally important for Santa Clara County to take action to...

Ask Supervisors to Begin Closing Lehigh’s Cement Plant
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Ask Supervisors to Begin Closing Lehigh’s Cement Plant

Update: On December 13, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ask the County Planning Commission to consider revoking the use permit for the Lehigh Quarry cement plant based on its legal violations and because the plant constitutes a public nuisance. On Tuesday, December 13, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will decide whether...

Species Spotlight: Tule Elk
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Species Spotlight: Tule Elk

Sometimes when nature is destroyed it is lost forever, but fortunately that is not always true. California’s tule elk once numbered about 500,000 before nearly going extinct due to hunting and habitat encroachment. But today they are bouncing back. From a tiny population discovered in the Central Valley in the late 1800s, the species has...

Measure Q Defeat Means More Work Ahead
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Measure Q Defeat Means More Work Ahead

While environmental issues mostly did well at the ballot box in November, there was one big disappointment in San Benito County with the failure of Measure Q, meant to protect agriculture and ranchlands across that county. Regardless, Green Foothills is proud to support local environmentalists and will help with some important next steps there in...

Support Measure Q to Protect Agriculture and Open Space
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Support Measure Q to Protect Agriculture and Open Space

  This November, San Benito County voters will have a chance for long-term preservation of 2,700 acres that they previously stopped developers from destroying in 2020, and at the same time to protect the majority of the County’s 890,000 rural acres from unwanted sprawl development. Measure Q, a General Plan initiative amendment on the November...

Uvas Reservoir during drought
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Drought Makes Green Foothills’ Mission Even More Important

Residents of the Bay Area are quite familiar with the golden hillsides surrounding us during the summer dry season. Yet now those hills remind us that we are in the midst of another severe drought, just five years after a record-breaking dry spell for our state. During a drought emergency, the impact and importance of...

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