September 19, 2014

“Update on Habitat Conservation Planning in East Contra Costa” — Delta Regional Group — Tuesday, February 26

Valley-oak woodland. Photo courtesy Contra Costa Community Development Department.

Valley-oak woodland. Photo courtesy Contra Costa Community Development Department.

Tuesday, February 26, 7:15 pm, Antioch Library, 501 West 18th Street, Antioch.

In 2001 an association of East Contra Costa County cities and agencies was formed to prepare a plan to streamline the permit process from local, state, and federal agencies and to balance open space habitat, agriculture and urban development. For this purpose the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP–see July-August 2007, page 6) was created. At the same time, a Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP) was created to protect and restore our natural ecosystems, unique species and scenic landscapes during the continued economic development and growth in East County.

Current members of the Conservation Plan are the cities of Brentwood, Clayton, Oakley, and Pittsburg, the Contra Costa Water District, the East Bay Regional Park District, and Contra Costa County.

Tonight John Kopchik of the Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development will discuss the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan and the Natural Community Conservation Plan–and the progress toward accomplishing their goals since their beginning in 2001.

In addition, representatives from Greenbelt Alliance will attend to discuss the “New Farm” subdivision project proposed to be built outside the county’s Urban Limit Line in the Tassajara Valley near San Ramon.

Before the program, we’ll socialize and munch goodies, and briefly discuss current environmental issues, upcoming activities, and events.

Delta Group program meetings are usually held in February, May, September, and November. A newsletter listing Delta Group programs, outings, and activities is available by sending a check for $5 payable to “Sierra Club, Delta Group” to Janess Hanson at:

431 Levee Road
Bay Point, CA 94565.

For information about Delta Group activities, call Janess Hanson at (925)458-0860. For information about Delta area environmental concerns, call Tim Donahue at (925)754-8801.

Upcoming hikes and activities

Sun., Feb. 17, 2A hike, Martinez to Port Costa.

Sat., March 23, 1A wildflower walk, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch.

Comments

  1. Fred Glaser says:

    I noticed that certain groups have been represented at the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy Public Advisory Committee, but our group hasn’t been listed as one of those. Should we have someone at these meetings representing the Delta group of the Sierra Club? I also noticed that someone from that group will be speaking at our next meeting.

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