SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

North Bay / Marin | Environment & Forest Defense | Front Page

Sun Apr 13 2014 (Updated 04/15/14) Failing to Mitigate Impacts of Future Development, Marin Countywide Plan Ruled Unlawful
California Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Salmon in Marin In March, Turtle Island Restoration Network ‘s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) won a legal battle with the County of Marin to protect the last population of wild California coho coastal salmon. A California appeals court affirmed SPAWN's position that the Marin county-wide plan was unlawful because the county failed to analyze cumulative impacts and provided spurious mitigation for destruction of salmon habitat.

The California Court of Appeals found that the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) completed by the County as mandated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) failed to do sound environmental analysis and failed to properly mitigate the impacts of future development. It directed the lower court to ensure that the County complete a proper and legal environmental analysis, including a cumulative impact analysis, in order to enact its 2007 Countywide General Plan. The case will now move back to the lower court with a clear mandate from the CA Appeals Court to adequately protect California’s endangered coho salmon.

“It's a damn shame that the Marin Supervisors have wasted hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars and years of inaction defending an indefensible and environmentally harmful position instead of working with SPAWN to take common-sense actions to save these endangered fish for the public good,” said Todd Steiner, wildlife biologist and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network’s SPAWN program.

Read More | Turtle Island Restoration Network | See Also: Marin County’s Golden Opportunity to Protect Region’s Endangered Coho Salmon | Salmon Protection Advocates File Lawsuit Against Flawed Marin County Streamside Ordinance

03/03/15 Graduate Students Host Teach-In to Address Institutionalized Racism at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare   Racial Justice | Education & Student Activism
03/03/15 Community in Mourning After UC Berkeley Destroys 60 Trees on Historic Gill Tract Arboretum   Environment & Forest Defense | Education & Student Activism
03/02/15 Community Members Risk Citation to Take a Seat on Downtown Sidewalk   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
02/27/15 Five People Killed by Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies in Oakland in the Last 13 Months   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice
02/25/15 Results of Santa Cruz Police Investigation into Violence Against Richard Hardy Kept Secret   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
02/25/15 Dream Inn Workers Refuse to Accept Three-Year Wage Freeze   Labor & Workers | Santa Cruz Indymedia
02/25/15 Interview with Linda Grant on the Struggle at Triangle Park in Oakland   Health, Housing, and Public Services
02/24/15 Santa Cruz Community Supporters Say Case Against Alix Tichelman is a 'Witch Hunt'   Womyn | Santa Cruz Indymedia
02/24/15 Civil Disobedience Action Pushes for Answers in Police Killing of Yuvette Henderson   Police State and Prisons
02/19/15 Council Members Say BearCat Issue May Return to Agenda in March   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
02/18/15 Resolutions Call on University of California to Invest in Socially Responsible Companies   Education & Student Activism | Palestine