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Petition to Members of the LA County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Save HAHAMONGNA Watershed for the FUTURE! It’s Still a Big Dig and We Still Say NO!

Supervisor Kathryn Barger and the LA County Board of Supervisors, We thought we had won a victory last November when your Board voted to substantially modify and reduce the Flood Control District's Big Dig program for Hahamongna Watershed / Devil's Gate Dam Sediment Removal Project, agreeing to decrease by 30% the amount of soil and habitat to be excavated and trucked away from behind Devil’s Gate Dam.  But LA County Public Works is defying this agreement and pushing forward with their original plan to dig up and remove 70 acres of habitat, with work set to begin in November of this year. Excavating 70 acres will turn our watershed with its rare riparian habitat into a crater, devoid of life. The community strongly opposes what is still the BIG DIG!  Hahamongna is the key connecting link between the San Gabriel Mountains and Downtown Los Angeles, providing water, sediment, habitat and wildlife to the entire LA River system through the Arroyo Seco. Its rich riparian resources are too valuable to be turned into a maintenance area for the Flood Control District. We implore the County Supervisors to enforce the agreement made last November by working with the community to develop a slow, steady sediment removal plan that reduces the amount of acreage to be excavated and the other negative impacts by 30%. The plan should be resilient, informed by science and work to: re-establish the natural systems that make the Arroyo Seco one of the key tributaries to the LA River. It should protect the wildlife corridor and habitat for endangered species, such as the Least Bell’s Vireo, and save the trees that absorb CO2, diminishing the greenhouse effect and improving air quality. A slow, steady sediment removal plan would also reduce the impact of noise, dust, and traffic and air pollution on surrounding communities and provide flood protection that works with nature instead of against it.  Please work with us to Save Hahamongna for future generations.  Save the Arroyo Seco Hahamongna Watershed: It’s Still a Big Dig! And We Still Say NO! SIGN THE PETITION: --->>> CLICK HERE ================================= SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TODAY! PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS JULY 12TH:  CLICK HEREThe US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a public notice regarding their permit for the Devil's Gate Sediment Mining and Trucking program, aka the Big Dig. They invite all those who are concerned about Hahamongna to make comments regarding the project and the USACE's responsibiIlity to protect the environment. ================================ The Hahamongna Watershed is a rare spot in the Arroyo Seco at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains where the mountainous watershed meets the urban plain. Periodically floods roar into this basin. Bounded on the north by the mountains and Jet Propulsion Laboratory and on the south by Devil's Gate Dam. Hahamongna contains five unique habitat zones that only exist in alluvial canyons near the mountains. Most sites like this in Southern California have been destroyed.  Don't let the Hahamongna Watershed go the way of other lost environmental treasures in Southern California. The Meaning of Hahamongna:The word means "Flowing Waters, Fruitful Valley" in the native Tongva language. Threats to HahamongnaIt's the most precious environmental zone in our region, but it's under attack again. A massive sediment and habitat removal program of the County of Los Angeles will strip the basin of its rare riparian and alluvial scrub habitat and a vital corridor for wildlife. What's wrong with the Big Dig: CLICK HERE The Sustainable Plan for Hahamongna: CLICK HERE Riparian HabitatMuch of Hahamongna Watershed consists of a riparian zone, a region of direct interaction between terrestrial and stream systems. This zone directly influences the Arroyo Seco stream channel and eco-system. The riparian wetlands, which occur on the edge of the steam, feature woody vegetation such as white alder, cottonwood, and willow. Riparian habitats are characterized by lush vegetation and a rich diversity of species. Elderberries, wild rose, and blackberries grow beneath willow, oak, laurel, sycamore and cottonwood trees. Songbirds, woodpeckers, hawks, owls, frogs, snakes, skunks, raccoon, coyote and deer thrive here. The healthy riparian corridor through Hahamongna once was critical habitat for salmon, steelhead trout and other anadromous fish. Today trout still swim in the mountains just north of Hahamongna. Freshwater Marsh HabitatIn the southern part of the Hahamongna basin, flow from Flint Canyon and the western portion of the Arroyo Seco watershed has established a lovely pond or freshwater marsh. Freshwater marsh habitat grows in and near ponds, low lying areas that accumulate runoff and slow-moving segments of streams. This pond is vegetated mostly with herbaceous plants, predominantly cattails, sedges, and rushes. Freshwater marshes have mineral soils that are less fertile than those of salt marshes but exhibit a greater variety of plant species. Alluvial Scrub HabitatHahamongna is a canyon and flood basin consisting of the silt, sand, gravel, rocks and similar material deposited by the Arroyo Seco stream as it descends from the mountains. These alluvial canyons are particularly rare in Southern California. Most have been severely degraded by development and other human activity. The Hahamongna Watershed is a particularly good example of alluvial fan sage scrub habitat, a Mediterranean shrubland type that occurs in washes and on gently sloping alluvial fans. Alluvial scrub is made up predominantly of drought-deciduous soft-leaved shrubs, but with significant cover of larger perennial species generally found in chaparral. Alluvial scrub typically is composed of scale broom, white sage, redberry, California buckwheat, Spanish bayonet, California croton, cholla, tarragon, yerba santa, mule fat, and mountain-mahogany. Riversidean Alluvial Fan Sage Scrub, such as that found at Hahamongna, is the most threatened of Coastal Sage Scrub associations with less than 15,000-acres remaining worldwide ... making it more endangered than ancient redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest and tropical rainforests. California ChaparralThe slopes of Hahamongna are crowded with chaparral, a shrubland or heathland plant community found primarily in California and in the northern portion of the Baja California peninsula, Mexico. It is shaped by a Mediterranean climate (mild, wet winters and hot dry summers) and wildfire. Similar plant communities are found in the four other Mediterranean climate regions around the world, including the Mediterranean Basin (where it is known as maquis), central Chile (where it is called matorral), South African Cape Region (known there as fynbos), and in Western and Southern Australia. A typical chaparral plant community consists of densely-growing evergreen scrub oaks and other drought-resistant shrubs. It often grows so densely that it is all but impenetrable to large animals and humans. This, and its generally arid condition, makes it notoriously prone to wildfires. Although many chaparral plant species require some fire cue (heat, smoke, or charred wood) for germination, chaparral plants are not "adapted" to fire per se. Rather, these species are adapted to particular fire regimes involving season, frequency, intensity and severity of the burn. Oak WoodlandCalifornia oak woodland is a plant community found throughout the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion of California and northwestern Baja California. Oak woodland is widespread at lower elevations in coastal California, interior valleys of the Coast Ranges, and in a ring around the California Central Valley grasslands. The dominant trees are oaks, interspersed with other broadleaf and coniferous trees, with an understory of grasses, herbs, geophytes, and shrubs. Oak savannas occur where the oaks are more widely spaced. The Oak woodlands of Southern California and coastal Northern California are dominated by Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia), but also include Valley Oak (Q. lobata), California Black Oak (Q. kelloggii), Canyon live oak (Q. chrysolepis), and other California oaks. Hahamongna also includes Englemann oaks, a distinctive cousin of the Blue Oak that was called the Pasadena Oak by the early settlers of our region. The Hahamongna to Tujunga Wildlife Corridor Initiative of the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy and has a goal of linking the San Gabriel Mountains at Hahamongna Watershed Park to the San Gabriels at Big Tujunga Wash for wildlife passage through the San Rafael Hills and the Verdugo Mountains, a 20-mile long Corridor. A successful project will bring to life 2,400 acres of habitat in the San Rafaels and 11,000 acres in the Verdugos by connecting them with the 700,000-acre Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriels. Wildlife can then live in these urban hills with ready access to others of their species in the abundant range of the San Gabriels, assuring genetic diversity.

Save Hahamongna
297 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to МИНИСТЪР-ПРЕДСЕДАТЕЛЯ НА РЕПУБЛИКА БЪЛГАРИЯ, ПРЕДСЕДАТЕЛЯ НА ЕВРОПЕЙСКАТА КОМИСИЯ

ДА СПАСИМ КРЕСНЕНСКОТО ДЕФИЛЕ / TO SAVE KRESNA GORGE

For English below Уважаеми господа, Настоявам да запазите Кресненското дефиле – европейска гореща точка за опазване на биологичното разнообразие от мрежата „НАТУРА 2000” и уникално природно богатство за балканския регион, като не допускате изграждането на транс-европейската магистрала от София за Солун (магистрала „Струма”) през дефилето и стриктно следите да се спази препоръка 98/2002 на Бернската конвенция за проектиране и изграждане на магистралата и извеждане на целия транзитен трафик извън него. Местен поминък:Стриктното спазване на препоръка 98/2002 и свеждането на сегашния международен двулентов път, минаващ през Кресненското дефиле до локален път за нуждите на местните хора от град Кресна е единственият начин: хората от района да имат локален селски път различен от транзитна магистрала; да запазят ценните си земеделски земи и лозя в пролома и на юг от него; да могат да развиват устойчив екологичен туризъм. Екологично въздействие: Да се изведе магистралата извън Кресненското дефиле.Кресненското дефиле е място, концентриращо изключително биологично разнообразие на много малка площ. Там се опазват редки видове и местообитания с европейска значимост, които Европейският съюз е поел ангажимент да защитава. То е уникален био-коридор с тесен фронт на миграция с международно и регионално значение за миграция на различни типове растителност и растителни видове, насекоми и други безгръбначни животни, птици, прилепи, влечуги, земноводни и др. За периода 2007-2020 г. Европейската комисия е предоставила на България 679 милиона евро за строителството на автомагистрала „Струма”. Като резултат тя вече достига до северния и южния край на Кресненското дефиле и това доведе до рязко увеличаване на транзитния автомобилен трафик в дефилето. Според данните на биологичния мониторинг през 2003 година в пролома годишно са загивали над 3000 животни от над 100 вида. Заради увеличения трафик до 2014 година популациите на различните животни в дефилето са намалели между 5 и 15 пъти, а някои от видовете с европейска значимост вероятно са изчезнали локално. Резултатът от инвестицията на пари на европейския данъкоплатец е, че Кресненското дефиле и уникалният био-коридор, минаващ през него са вече унищожени! Апелираме към Вас! Единствено намесата на българското правителство и Европейската комисия – сега и пълното извеждане на транзитния автомобилен трафик извън дефилето могат да възстановят увредения биологичен коридор на Кресненското дефиле и популациите на животинските видове в него! Моля да вземете решение, което да защити безценната и трудно възстановима европейска природа в Кресненското дефиле и да засилите правилното прилагане на Директива 92/43, както беше обещано от всички европейски институции през 2016 година! Вярвам, че България и нейната природа са част от Европа и нейното природно наследство. С уважение,Защитник на Кресненското дефиле   PETITION TO SAVE KRESNA GORGE To the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria andthe President of the European Commission Dear Sirs, I insist that you save the Kresna Gorge – a European biodiversity conservation hotspot included in the NATURA 2000 network and unique natural asset for the Balkan region – by not allowing the construction of the Sofia-Thessaloniki Trans-European Motorway (known as the Struma Motorway) in the Gorge and by ensuring strict adherence to Recommendation 98/2002 under the Bern Convention in the design and construction of the motorway, as well as diversion of all transit traffic away from the Gorge. Means of livelihood for the local population: The strict adherence to Recommendation No. 98/2002 and the downgrading of the current international two-lane road through the Krensa Gorge to a local road serving the needs of the local population of the town of Kresna is the only way for people in the region: to have a local country road other than a transit motorway; to preserve their valuable agricultural land and vineyards in the Gorge and to the south of it; to be able to develop sustainable, environment-friendly tourism. Environmental impact: Тhe motorway should be away from the Kresna Gorge The Kresna Gorge is a location where exceptional biodiversity is concentrated within a very small area. It conserves rare species and habitats of European importance which the European Union has committed to protect. This is a unique narrow-front wildlife migration corridor of international and regional importance to the migration of diverse types of vegetation and plant species, insects and other invertebrates, birds, bats, reptiles, amphibians and others. For the 2007-2020 period the European Commission has provided to Bulgaria EUR 679 million for the construction of the Struma Motorway. As a result, the motorway has already reached the northern and southern ends of the Kresna Gorge, resulting in a sharp increase in transit vehicle traffic through the Gorge. According to biological monitoring data, as from 2003 the annual number of animals killed in the area was over 3,000, of more than 100 species. Due to the increased traffic, by 2014 the populations of the different animal species in the Gorge had declined 5- to 15-fold, and some of the species of European importance have most probably become locally extinct. The result of investing this European taxpayers’ money is that the Kresna Gorge and the unique wildlife corridor passing through it have already been damaged! We appeal to you! It is only the immediate intervention of the Bulgarian government and the European Commission and the complete diversion of transit road traffic away from the Gorge that can restore the damaged wildlife corridor of the Kresna Gorge and the populations of animal species in it! We request that you pass a decision that will protect the invaluable and non-recoverable European nature in the Kresna Gorge and enhance the proper application of Directive 92/43, as promised by all European institutions in 2016! I believe Bulgaria and its nature are part of Europe and its natural heritage. Sincerely yours, an advocate for the Kresna Gorge  

Zornitsa Stratieva
8,758 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to Philippine Government

I Support the Protection of Philippine Rise

WHY PROTECT THE PHILIPPINE RISE? 1.       The Philippine Rise is Philippine territory.  A large part of the region is within the country's 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf. In April 2012, the Extended Continental Shelf claim of the Philippines was approved by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).  According to the 1987 Constitution, all areas for which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction are considered legally part of the National Territory. As the Philippine Rise fits this definition – the region is definitely considered as Philippine territory. 2.       It nearly doubles the size of the Philippines. The area of Benham Rise within the Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf of the Philippines is 11.4 million hectares while the Extended Continental Shelf is 13 million hectares. The region spans over 24 million hectares, compared with the 30 million hectare total land area of the Philippines – meaning our territory grew significantly. 3.       Benham Bank, the shallowest portion of the Philippine Rise, is a spawning area. Preliminary research conducted by scientists as early as 2013 revealed that Benham Bank is a spawning ground for assorted fish.  4.       The Philippine Rise is possibly the only place in the Philippines where coral cover hovers around 100% and is a likely source of larval spawn for corals and reef fish.    What must be done:  1.       As an immediate response, the Philippine government should issue an order declaring Benham Bank, the shallowest portion of the Philippine Rise, as a no-take zone, meaning no fishing, mining or drilling activities can take place on or around it, ensuring protection. 2.      Oceana recommends the formulation of a Management Plan for the Philippine Rise for the protection and sustainable use of the Philippine Rise. This regulatory framework is crucial before any human activity with a negative impact on its ecological integrity can be considered in the area.  3.      More research should be done on Benham Bank and the Philippine Rise, particularly on biodiversity and interconnectivity with shallow-water reefs. A thorough study of resources should be conducted ensuring decisions are made based on science.  By signing this petition, you are declaring your support for the protection of the Philippine Rise. Please share this on your social media accounts with the hashtag #ProtectPHRise to spread the word and encourage others!  Now is the time to protect and stand up for what is ours!

Oceana Philippines
26,620 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, Mike Pence

Align with 17 US states to disavow Trump’s proposal on weakening emission regulations.

“The Los Angeles basin is exposed to the highest ozone levels in the country,” Steve LaDoch Ph.D., an expert in air pollution, states. In order to address air pollution, The Clean Air Act was implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 to regulate air emissions. The law also authorizes the EPA to create National Ambient Air Quality Standards in order to protect public health and regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants, including ozone.  Smog is the main cause for the pollution within the ozone layer closest to ground level. This ground-level ozone pollution has direct ties to the depletion of the “good ozone” within the upper atmosphere.  Chemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen and volatile organic compounds in the presence of sunlight, emissions from industrial facilities, vehicle exhaust, and other chemical solvents help form the “bad ozone.” The accumulation of these toxins damages the air needed for breathing, vegetation, and ecosystems. Man-made chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons, hydrochlorofluorocarbons, halons, methyl bromide, carbon tetrachloride, and methyl chloroform are also depleting the ozone layer of gas in the earth’s atmosphere. When these toxins are released into the environment, they slowly break down the ozone layer in the stratosphere, thus intensifying the impact of UV radiation on the Earth’s surface.  According to a study on ground-level ozone pollution by Junfeng Niu, “bad ozone” decreases the rate of photosynthesis. Researchers looked at Cinnamomum camphora seedlings, subtropical evergreen trees. They exposed plants to ozone and measured the amount of CO2 used. This study found that ozone exposure reduced the rate of photosynthesis by 6-32%, and that, in this plant, the effect was not due to the limitation of the stomata. Additionally, the photosynthetic rate slowed from direct damage to the plant from ozone. The damage involves decreased efficiency of photosystem II, slowed electron transport, damage of RuBisCO, and the photochemical apparatus. As a result, the stomata were kept open and lost water vital to photosynthetic processes.  This impact limits biodiversity due to the deaths of many plants and organisms within our ecosystem. On a larger scale, with many plants affected, these effects could create regional water shortages and impact global warming because photosystem II has less efficient light use.    Based off these results, it is clear what needs to be done. The EPA should be encouraged to have even more stringent curves on pollution because our biodiverse environment is deteriorating. Additionally, the ozone layer as a whole is depleting, creating stronger UV rays which increase the chance of skin cancer and other health altering impacts. According to the Los Angeles Times, there was twice as much smog-forming pollution from tailpipes and smokestacks in 2017 than in 2004. Additionally, Southern California violated air quality health standards 145 days of the year by November 2017 due to the excessive amount of pollution caused by smog from emissions.  “90% of California citizens live in counties with unhealthy air,” The California State University Chancellor's Office reports. Due to this amount of unhealthy air, California has implemented stricter air pollution regulations in order to solve the issue of excessive amounts of emissions. However, last month, the Trump administration drafted a new set of regulations, weakening the Clean Air Act and initial plans to fix the ozone pollution issue throughout the country. The graph at right illustrates the impact within the nation since the Clean Air Act has been implemented.  Between 1980 and 2016, there was a 31% decrease in the national average of ozone levels. If the Act’s implementations are reversed, it will set the nation back, worsening air quality.  The New York Times addressed how seventeen states have formed a lawsuit against the new regulations the Trump administration proposed. These new unlawful changes are violating the Clean Air Act. Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, a Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, urges Americans to “immediately disavow [Trump’s] proposal” due to the negative impact the unregulated standards would cause.  In order to make the Clean Air Act stronger, the community needs to educate voters to encourage their lawmakers to continue the present regulations. Sign this petition to align with California and the other states against the EPA under Trump who is altering vehicle pollution limitations.

Olivia Woolf
37 supporters