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Biden Administration Dismisses Cargill Appeal
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Biden Administration Dismisses Cargill Appeal

Great news — another victory in our fight to protect restorable wetlands along the Bay! Today the Biden administration officially dismissed the Trump administration’s appeal of the ruling that the Cargill salt ponds are subject to the Clean Water Act. This means the district court’s decision in favor of our lawsuit over the Cargill salt ponds stands. Trump...

Electronic Billboards, Urban Greening and Single-Use Plastics
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Electronic Billboards, Urban Greening and Single-Use Plastics

Update: On Thursday, February 25, the San Jose City Council followed our recommendation and voted to halt all work on Phase II of the electronic billboards policy. The Council decided to discuss the proposed new initiatives, including Urban Greening and a ban on single-use plastics, at a later date. We will alert you when those...

Celebrating Our Growing Team On Employee Appreciation Day
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Celebrating Our Growing Team On Employee Appreciation Day

For Employee Appreciation Day I’d like to express how grateful I am for my colleagues at Green Foothills. These nine people are the core reason we create impact day after day on our mission to protect local open space, farmland, and natural resources. With shelter-in-place hit, they worked together to ensure we met the challenge...

County Supervisors Support Coyote Valley Climate Overlay Zone
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County Supervisors Support Coyote Valley Climate Overlay Zone

On February 9, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to move ahead on developing a Climate Action Overlay Zone for Coyote Valley to protect wildlife habitat and movement, creeks and groundwater, farmland, and climate resilience.  Details of Climate Action Overlay Zone Must Now be Drafted The vote by the Santa Clara County...

Green Foothills Joins Call for EPA to Withdraw Appeal of Court Decision
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Green Foothills Joins Call for EPA to Withdraw Appeal of Court Decision

On February 16, 2021, Green Foothills joined 40 federal, state and local elected officials and 16 other environmental organizations in requesting the Biden administration to withdraw the appeal of the district court’s ruling in our favor against the Trump administration over the Cargill salt ponds. In 2019, the Trump administration attempted to declare the Cargill...

Please Support the Coyote Valley Climate Change Overlay Zone and Development Moratorium
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Please Support the Coyote Valley Climate Change Overlay Zone and Development Moratorium

On Tuesday, February 9, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider a Climate Change Overlay Zone and development moratorium for Coyote Valley. Please email the Supervisors and ask them to support these important environmental protections in Coyote Valley! Coyote Valley Still Threatened by Development We’ve made great strides towards protecting Coyote Valley lately....

Who Do You Think Should Be Our Next Nature’s Inspiration Honoree?
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Who Do You Think Should Be Our Next Nature’s Inspiration Honoree?

Every year at our annual fundraising and celebration, Nature’s Inspiration, Green Foothills honors someone who has made or is currently making a significant contribution toward protecting nature or connecting people with the outdoors and by doing so is supporting our mission and vision. Please consider nominating a prospective honoree for 2021 who you think deserves this recognition. Friday,...

Regional Housing Allocations Threaten Open Space
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Regional Housing Allocations Threaten Open Space

Last week, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Executive Board voted to approve housing allocations for Santa Clara County that could result in thousands of homes being located in rural areas. We will be working to keep the County’s rural areas rural and protect our open space from inappropriate residential development. ABAG’s Action Would...

LAFCO Appointments Are Critical In Stopping Sprawl
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LAFCO Appointments Are Critical In Stopping Sprawl

Possibly the most important committee or commission addressing land use in Santa Clara County is the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) which serves as a referee against sprawl. Having members appointed to the Commission who understand and uphold their duty to protect the environment is critical. When the Commissioners who serve on LAFCO fail to...

Latest Actions to Protect Redwood City’s Shoreline
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Latest Actions to Protect Redwood City’s Shoreline

When it comes to sea level rise, Redwood City is both unusually vulnerable and unusually lucky given its unprotected shoreline and opportunity for wetland restoration. Much of our advocacy has been focused here for good reason. Here are some of our most recent efforts to encourage climate adaptation and keep residents out of the path...

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