Ryan that is not the case with all the bill boards along the bay. There is a variety of landowners.
What exactly do the billboards hurt? Seems like a revenue generator for local businesses. Other wise they wouldn't spend so much money on them. I am not suggesting any more billboards but why not leave what is there. The proposed over pass now that is a real eyesore and headache for Bayside folks and businesses.
Ron Lavalley started a non profit called Mad River Biologist Research to funnel money into his for profit company called Mad River Biologists. Professor Mark Coldwell is president of the non profit Mad River Biologist Research. Together the work they did on the snowy plover initiated and influenced many of our questionable beach policies.
For instance while roping off large areas of beach grass covered dunes for plover to rear their young they also strongly advocated for massive beach grass removal. Maybe even still do.
Also we have had dozens of unbanded plovers showing up on our coastline over the summer. But we don't know where they are coming from. That is significant in determining actual breeding success and potential delisting as a threatened species. Quite likely these birds are breeding in areas we are not looking. The coastal population consists of birds within 50 miles of the coast.
While being repeatedly refused information relating to where monitoring is being done and previous nesting and hatch sites from both Professor Coldwell and Fish and Wildlife Service one wonders why transparency is so elusive. I had always thought science welcomed questions and transparency. Maybe it is just agenda-ised science.
Embezzlement, lack of transparency, conflicting policies, and dozens of birds of unknown origin. Time to take a closer look.
Has Baykeeper sold their soul (wetland protection) for a paved bike path? Have they betrayed their namesake little community Bayside to have a few signs removed from the Bay? Are they willing to mitigate away another chunk of prime agriculture land so we can put a rock abutment along the shore of the bay to say we are addressing sealevel rise?
At least the kids in Manila and Bayside will get a lot more traffic for their lemonade stands.
I don't even live in Manila but can see the huge problems that are not being considered. Thank you Nancy for bringing them out here.
It does not seem like the gains are any where close to the losses to these communities. I sure like driving slower by our spectacular bay.
Finally Arcata goes back to the greenest vehicle ever known to man. Something that does not need to be manufactured in a foreign country, run on batteries or gas or tossed in the landfill.
Now we are just going to need a horse lane. Get those stinky cars off the road. Bust all those stopsign running bikes. Bring back the horse!!
Hell they will even fertilize the pavement for us so we can eventually grow community gardens where asphalt once suffocated the earth.
If Arcata is going to really go green we are going to need feed stations not gas stations. Hitching rails not parking lots.
It seems like while this is getting worked out there could be an increased effort to harvest a large quantity of these fish in order to increase the overall likelihood of survival. Rather than let all the fish die before spawning feeding people might be a better idea. That would need to happen before they sit in the fresh water very long. The more fish the longer they linger the worse it gets for them.
I worry that in some ways there is actually hope for a massive die off in order to make the case for more water. While I agree rivers need water the constant barrage of references to the 02 die off is getting old. The food we eat needs water also.
This is one of the most difficult issues facing Northern California. My utmost respect for all those working out a solution.
What is your job?
Do you think the components for the helmets, bike parts etc...come out of thin air?
Everything we consume and build comes from industry. Industry extracts resources here or in some foreign country. I love mom and pop shops and use them every chance I get but please don't try to pretend the materials/food/fuel we use are not extracted and turned into something useful mostly by large industry.
The 50,000 folks all got to the big energy drink consuming event on rubber wheels powered by something. Most likely gasoline.
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