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• EDC Urges Preservation of Dwindling Local Urban Ag in Goleta Valley - New Report Released
EDC's report “Urban Agriculture in the Goleta Valley,” profiles some of the few remaining productive urban farms in the Goleta Valley, many of which are being threatened by potentially being rezoned and developed as part of the Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan Update (Plan). Located within Santa Barbara County, Goleta Valley’s urban agriculture not only provides critical benefits to human health and well-being and the environment, but also contributes to the County’s $3 billion agriculture industry. MORE>>
• Slowing Ships for Cleaner Air & Whale Protection
EDC and our partners at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the SB Air Pollution Control District are excited to announce the launch of a new trial incentive program in the SB Channel to slow down cargo ships to reduce air pollution and increase protection of endangered whales. Six global shipping companies will participate in this speed reduction trial program. MORE>>
• EDC, Channelkeeper Settle Clean Water Case w/ Ojai Quarry
On Aug 5, EDC & our clients at SBCK announced the settlement of our lawsuit against the Ojai Quarry, alleging that operations resulted in polluted run-off that threatened water quality as well as the ability of steelhead to migrate upstream as a necessary part of their life cycle. Under our agreement the Quarry owners have committed to a number of facility improvements to better manage stormwater and protect endangered steelead. MORE>>
• YES on Measure P: Healthy Air & Water Initiative
EDC has endorsed Measure P which would prohibit the County of Santa Barbara from approving "high intensity petroleum operations" such as fracking, acidization and cyclic steam injection. These types of oil projects threaten air and water quality, water supplies, ag, scenic vistas, wildlife and contribute to climate change. MORE>>
• CAMP 4: 1,400 Acres in the Santa Ynez Valley
EDC represents the Santa Ynez Valley Alliance in response to a proposal by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to transfer the 1400-acre Camp 4 property from private fee ownership into trust for the tribe. SYVA hired EDC to help evaluate the environmental resources on the Camp 4 site, and to help preserve the majority of the property as open space while providing the opportunity for development of housing for the Santa Ynez Band. MORE>>
Remember Venoco's Carpinteria project? Three years after 70% of voters said NO to the company's oil and gas scheme with Measure J, Venoco is back again proposing to slant drill with a 175-foot rig next to City Hall, the Carpinteria Bluffs preserve, Arbol Verde neighborhood and the harbor seal sanctuary. MORE>>


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