CA's Santa Clara River must be saved, say conservationists
With the March 17, 2010, public comment window closing, conservationists are urging Southern California residents to help save the endangered Santa Clara River from urban sprawling.
The Newhall Ranch Resource Management and Development Plan was re-circulated on February 1. It is a plan, however, that conservationists say may create potential impacts to aquatic resources of national importance that should be avoided.
More than 38 species of rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals inhabit the river system, which meanders from the San Gabriel Mountains near Acton to the Pacific Ocean near Oxnard.
Shortly after the ecosystem was determined to be one of America's most endangered river systems, Animals on the Edge president Leo Grillo commissioned notable landscape photographer Peter Goin to take photos of the river in all its stages. The images were presented to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on March 2.
To read the EPA's comments about the Lennar Corporation's Newhall Ranch planned community, go here.