Petition to Mount Washington Commission, COOS County Planning Board, John Scarinza (COOS County Planning Board Chair), Department of natural and cultural resources
Stop the Cog Railway (again) from building luxury lodging on Mount Washington
Wayne Presby, the owner of Cog Railway - a rail that runs visitors to the top of Mount Washington - is seeking to construct a hotel and restaurant in Mount Washington’s delicate alpine zone. The hotel would consist of 18 rail cars that would be converted into luxury sleeper cars, which would sleep 70 people per night from May to November. The cars would be stationed at an altitude of 5,800 feet, well into the alpine zone. The ecological impact of a project of this magnitude, in such a fragile area, cannot be understated. In order to survive the adverse weather conditions of the alpine zone, alpine flora must grow close to the ground. These tiny plants are extremely vulnerable to trampling, and recover very slowly. Many of these alpine plants are also endangered, including the Robbins Cinquefoil, which is found only in the White Mountains (and nowhere else on Earth!). The American Pipit, an endangered American songbird, also nests in the area Presby intends to build. These, and many other alpine flora and fauna, are already at risk. Imagine the degradation that a hotel’s construction and its subsequent traffic would bring. While environmental impact is perhaps the most pressing concern, there are also other threats. Erecting new, potentially brightly colored, trolley-car lodges, would also have a major impact on viewshed aesthetic. In addition, underprepared hotel guests may easily find themselves in adverse weather and exposed terrain, creating a potentially costly and treacherous situation for all involved. Your help is needed! Sign the petition to show that you are against building a hotel on Mount Washington!
Petition to Supervisor Dennis Rodoni
Save The Last Resort -- A Working Model of Sustainability in Marin County
Dear Supervisor Rodoni, We immensely appreciate your recent efforts to, at long last, reach a compromise that preserves The Last Resort (http://thelastresortlagunitas.org) David Lee Hoffman's property, as a historic landmark. As the process of working with David progresses, we must express the imperative to reinstate Marin County's own Architectural Commission's ruling that David's site is historically important. This would allow the use of the California Historic Building Code as a guideline and protections this code offers. Reinstating the Commission's ruling is ethical and allows for long-awaited progress in complying with reasonable code upgrades and an ultimate resolution. We do not want to lose The Last Resort, nor do we want to lose David as a friend, neighbor, and contributor to our community. We feel that David is a visionary who, during the past 40 years, has created solutions to climate change issues that we face as a global community. These solutions lie in the very structures and systems that stand to be destroyed if the Commission's unanimous ruling continues to be discounted or ignored. We believe the demolition of his work would severely endanger the health, safety, beauty and tranquility of Marin County - and the potential for large-scale solutions that David's innovation provides. We request that Marin County, through their receiver, reinstate their own Commission's unanimous ruling, which declared that David's property deserves local historic status. You, too, recently stated in your January 31, 2017 letter to the appointed receiver, “Furthermore, please consider this an official request from my office to include architectural and cultural value determinations on the Hoffman property in your final recommendations.” The reinstatement of the County Architectural Commission ruling would be the final step in bringing closure to the issue of preserving as much of David’s site as possible without interfering with the work of the receiver. We believe that if David loses, we all lose -- and we believe the solution is outlined by the steps in this petition. We are truly thankful to have you addressing these issues. By signing this petition we support the reinstatement of the Marin County Architectural Commission resolution that all 36 structures on the 2-acre property of David Lee Hoffman in Lagunitas constitute a cultural and historic landmark of local importance. Signed,
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, US Senate, US House of Representatives, EPA, Donald Trump, Stop&Shop, Walmart, Target, IGA, Ahold Delhaize, Costco, Kmart, PRICE CHOPPER, Big Y, Caraluzzi's , National Grocers Association, United Nations
Ban Plastic Bags in the US!
Every year, hundreds of plastic bags end up in landfills or the oceans. The plastic used in bags can take a 1000 years to decompose! These bags are wasteful and very harmful to the environment. Tell the US that plastic bags need to be banned. We can easily replace them with faster decomposing paper bags and reusable green bags. Here's what you can do: - Sign this petition - Use reusable bags - Write to your local grocery store chain and tell them to go paper - Write to your Senators and tell them to support a ban on plastic bags.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Protect the Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act is helping to save more than 1,600 U.S. plants, fish, and animal species from extinction so they will continue to be a part of our children's and grandchildren's worlds. This benchmark conservation law has saved the bald eagle, gray whale, grizzly bear, and many others and has a whopping 99 percent success record at preventing the extinction of listed species. In spite of the success of this law and the urgent need for the protections it provides, Congress has taken aim at it with more than two dozen pieces of legislation that would weaken it. Bills that would transfer Endangered Species Act listing decisions from scientists to politicians, legislatively delist wolves, and block courts from reviewing these actions. Please sign the petition to tell Congress that you support the Endangered Species Act and oppose any efforts to weaken it.
Petition to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind
Protect Puget Sound Juvenile Steelhead
Photo of juvenile steelhead courtesy of Bill McMillan Puget Sound Steelhead were listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as Threatened on May 11, 2007. A threatened species is defined as "any species which is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range." Since 2007, populations have continued to decline. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently assessed twenty Puget Sound wild steelhead stocks and found that twelve have a "high" risk of extinction. The current population is estimated to be less than 4% of what it was prior to the turn of the 20th century. Steelhead and rainbow trout are the same species. The difference is rainbow stay in freshwater their entire lives, while steelhead go to sea and return to fresh water as adults to spawn. Most juvenile steelhead go to sea at age 2 or 3. Until then they are vulnerable to fishing in our local rivers and streams. Steelhead and salmon that are headed to sea are referred to as smolts. Smolts become silvery in color and their physiology changes as they migrate from fresh water to salt water. Steelhead face many challenges such as climate change and habitat destruction as they attempt to recover from their current depleted population status. A challenge that is relatively simple to mitigate is the number of fish allowed to be caught by anglers in our local waters. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) regulations currently open fishing in the majority of Puget Sound rivers and streams on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend (late May), Regulations also state that in the majority of Puget Sound rivers and streams juvenile rainbow trout and steelhead must be a minimum of 12" to be kept, and fishing with bait is allowed. There is overwhelming evidence in studies of hooking mortality that juvenile steelhead and rainbow trout caught using bait sustain a much higher percentage (30-50%) of mortalities when released than those caught on artificial tackle such as flies and lures (5-10%). Hook location is the primary reason for this. Hook location when using bait is typically in critical areas such as the gills or deep in the esophagus. Hook location using flies and lures is typically in non-critical areas such as the jaw or corner of the mouth. The vast majority of juvenile rainbow trout and steelhead are less than 12" and are therefore required to be released. The 30-50% mortality figure applies each time a fish is hooked and released. We propose that WDFW change their regulations to: Ban the use of bait in all streams and rivers in the Puget Sound Basin. Delay the opening of fishing to the middle of June or later in order to allow all out-migrating steelhead smolts to fully vacate freshwater habitats and hopefully make it safely to the sea. The current WDFW regulations allow bait even though the vast majority of fish are required to be released because they are under the 12"minimum size limit. This makes no sense and what is even more troubling is that the fish that are impacted are ESA listed and at risk of extinction in the foreseeable future. The regulations we propose will prevent countless thousands of juvenile steelhead and rainbow trout from being killed annually! If you support our petition please let WDFW Director Kelly Susewind know by signing and forward our petition to others who may be interested. Thank you. Sam Wright and Larry Lowe Retired Washington State Fisheries Biologists
Petition to Environmental Protection Agency
Manatees starving to death due to EPA’s lack of water quality standards
How you can help: Show your support for biodiversity and the reinitiation of the EPA’s water quality standards of Florida’s Indian River Lagoon to save the manatees main food source to keep them from starving to death. Please share and encourage your family and friends to sign this petition, a little effort can go a long way. If you can, please donate to earthjustice.org to help initiate the efforts of the law suit against the EPA for neglecting these manatees. Background: The EPA abandoned manatees to Florida's inadequate water quality measures. Florida has repeatedly failed to rein in sources of pollution that cause algae outbreaks, such as wastewater-treatment plants, leaking septic systems, and fertilizer runoff. The algae outbreaks kill off the seagrass that manatees eat. The EPA approved the state’s water-quality standards, concluding they would not “adversely affect” manatees. Under the Endangered Species Act, the EPA must consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to approve state water-quality measures to ensure they protect threatened and endangered wildlife. In December 2021, after hundreds of manatees died from starvation, conservation groups threatened to sue the EPA if it didn't reinitiate consultation over the measures (it didn't). Without their main food source, Florida’s iconic manatees have been dying. Excess levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from pollutants killed thousands of acres of seagrass in Indian River Lagoon last year. Manatees return to the lagoon’s warm water each winter to feed on seagrass. The lagoon is one of the most biodiverse estuaries in North America. In a Band-Aid effort, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced emergency plans to feed the manatees romaine lettuce last winter and set up a temporary field response station at the Indian River Lagoon. Conservation groups are demanding that the EPA fulfill its responsibility under law to protect the manatees. Earthjustice is representing three conservation groups in this case: Save the Manatee Club, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Center for Biological Diversity. These groups are pushing the court to make EPA restart consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to reassess its approval of Florida's water quality measures for the Indian River Lagoon. "Manatees need clean water to live in — it's that simple,” says Earthjustice attorney Elizabeth Forsyth. “The pollution in the Indian River Lagoon is preventable. We're asking EPA to step in and ensure the protection of the Indian River Lagoon and the species that depend on it.” This section was pasted from Earthjustice’s post on LinkedIn titled “We’re Suing: Manatees Need More than Lettuce from our Leaders”
Install recycling bins next to trash cans in all public places
Recycling in South Jordan has decreased dramatically over the past few years. Making easy recycling readily available will help keep our city clean, keep natural resources readily available, decrease pollution, and help keep our planet as green as possible. If we neglect to make a change in our recycling habits, our city will continue to become less clean, more polluted, and overall put a detriment on the wellness of our city, planet, and personal life.
Petition to Tama County Board of Supervisors, Board of Adjustment and Zoning Administrator
Limit the conditional use permits for wind turbines in Tama County
The Winding Stair Wind Farm will add an additional 50-60 turbines to northeast Tama County between Traer and Dysart from 150th St south to Elberon. These along with the existing 60 turbines in the Vienna Farm around Gladbrook and the 60 windmills slated to be constructed by Salt Creek Wind Farm soon between Traer and Garwin will give Tama County more than 180 wind turbines. They will span our beautiful Tama County countryside the entire 24 mile length and 12 miles wide. Surrounding Dysart, Clutier and Traer on 3 sides. The current ordinance for wind energy conversion systems was adopted 24 years ago in 1998. Research and technology has changed over this time. This ordinance needs to change as well. Please stop issuing conditional use permits for wind conversion systems in Tama County.