San Mateo County, California
SAS Conservation News
Highway nets are killing swallows – stop them
(From the Center for Biological Diversity)
Construction netting on Highway 101 is putting swallows in grave danger. The nets were intended to prevent cliff swallows and other birds from nesting along bridges in Petaluma, Calif., but the nets aren't working -- swallows attempting to nest in the nets are getting trapped and killed, while swallows nesting in the un-netted portions of the bridges are getting knocked down before they can finish their nests. Nearly 100 cliff swallows, as well as barn swallows and white-throated swifts, have already been killed.
Swallows nest in the region after migrating 6,000 miles from South America. In past years up to 1,000 cliff swallows nested in the bridges. But this year, after the long trip, the graceful birds are being struck down by the lethal nets.
We need your help to tell Caltrans to remove the deadly netting and stop disturbing swallows and their nests during nesting season.
To take action go to: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/ and click on "action" to find this issue and send your letter.
Cargill Salt Ponds - the Battle Continues
(from Redwood City Neighbors United)
In May 2010, agribusiness giant Cargill and luxury housing developer DMB proposed a huge housing and commercial development on the salt ponds east of Hwy. 101.
Thanks to the vocal opposition of residents and neighbors, in May of 2012 Cargill and DMB withdrew their pending "Saltworks" proposal from further consideration by Redwood City. However, at the same time, they announced they would return with a revised development plan for the salt ponds.
RCNU states that any project, regardless of its size, that builds on the salt ponds runs counter to good land use practices, citing among other things, potential traffic gridlock and loss of renewable wetlands.
For more information on this issue go to:
Redwood City Neighbors United http://rcnu.org/
Restore Sharp Park
(From Wild Equity Institute)
Sharp Park is a wetland owned by San Francisco but located in San Mateo County. The City drains Sharp Park year-round so people can play golf on the land. The Wild Equity Institute is working to build a better public park at Sharp Park, a park that saves San Francisco money, protects the environment, sustainably adapts to sea level rise and climate change, and provides recreational opportunities that everyone can enjoy.
Take Action: Tell San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to support restoration of Sharp Park: http://wildequity.org/alerts/257
For more information go to: http://wildequity.org/
Kick the Bag Habit!
(From Save the Bay)
The multi-billion dollar plastic bag industry is putting profits over the health of the Bay, the ocean and wildlife. The plastics industry is infiltrating local communities, blocking proposals that limit the use of plastic bags and suing cities that attempt to ban or require a fee on single-use bags.
Californians use an estimated 19 billion plastic bags per year. Only five percent of these are recycled. With a little incentive, we can kick our bag habits together.
Urge your elected officials to end the free distribution of single-use plastic and paper bags today!
More information: http://www.savesfbay.org/kick-bag-habit
PS: (Associated Press, 5/31/13: "The state senate rejected a bill yesterday that would have phased out, statewide, the use of single-use plastic checkout bags in grocery, drug and convenience stores. Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, said he will try again next year.")