The nine-year battle by the Washoe Meadows Community to halt the downgrade of California’s Washoe Meadows State Park for subsequent golf course development took a dramatic, positive turn on April 2 when Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo ordered California State Parks Department and Parks Commission to vacate their January 2012 approval of the golf course project. In his ruling the judge cited deficiencies in the project’s final Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
Led by Lynne Paulson, the Washoe Meadows Community works nonstop through legal, legislative, agency, environmental, academic and even golf course design avenues to save Washoe Meadows – located near South Lake Tahoe – which should be protected by the founding 1984 statute that noted the park’s “unique and irreplaceable landscape.” Golf course construction would require the clearing of some 1,600 trees, excessive groundwater use, and excavation that could threaten the Park’s worldwide-known fens, meadows and wildlife habitats.
Council of Elders
Working issue-by-issue, the Council of Elders issues policy recommendations based on the combined career expertise of former federal and state resource managers. Free from political pressure, the members of each Council can issue recommendations based on decades of professional experience in fields such as forestry, water resources, and wildlife management. Extending public service into retirement is a boon to society and the individual pubic servant, providing great value at decreased cost.
Freshwater and Fish
Water Heritage Trust works to improve freshwater supply and management to meet the challenges of a changing climate, growing population, and endangered fish. If a worldwide water crisis can be averted, it is through improved policy, conservation, and ecosystem health.
Defense of Place
Defense of Place helps communities protect parks, wildlife refuges, and open space in perpetuity. Complimenting the acquisition work of land trusts, Defense of Place advocates for the long-term management of legacy landscapes.
Green Plans are policy templates for sustainability. Pioneered by the Netherlands and New Zealand, Green Plans have evolved over twenty years as the most comprehensive environmental policy in the world. Most important, Green Plans' long-term structure and documented success make them the best tool to manage climate change.
Extreme Weather Community Resilience
Climate, weather and community resilience are all changing. RRI's Extreme Weather Resilience Project explores how those changes are affecting American communities in its blog, Field Notes. Mitigation and adaptation to changes in both weather and climate have always been part of the human experience. Choosing not to adapt is not an option.