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|Originally Posted: 9 Aug 2010|
Protect Marin County's San Geronimo Valley Ecosystem
Tell Marin County's Board of Supervisors to stop damaging development and put in a place an effective riparian habitat ordinance to protect the San Geronimo Valley's fragile streamside ecosystem.
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Marin County Board of Supervisors
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Marin's endangered coho salmon are a state and national biological treasure. Their very existence is threatened by irresponsible development along spawning creeks which has already caused habitat quality to decline. Our efforts to save the coho critical habitat have resulted in new local guidance that can make a difference improving conditions for years to come.
Send the letter below to the Marin Board of Supervisors urging them to enact a strong riparian habitat ordinance that protects the San Geronimo Valley's fragile streamside ecosystem and ensures viable, native forests endure into the future to support healthy streams and resilient salmon populations.
Dear Board of Supervisors:
We urge you to enact a strong riparian habitat ordinance that protects the San Geronimo Valley's fragile streamside ecosystem and ensures viable, native forests endure into the future to support healthy streams and resilient salmon populations. Protections must be prioritized in the San Geronimo Valley and swift, strong action must be enacted immediately to help this disappearing species.
We strongly urge you to Support the Planning Commission's recent recommendation to adopt an ordinance that protects ALL trees within 100-ft of all streams, and all native plants within 35-ft of all streams, in watersheds critical to coho salmon in Marin County. A draft of the ordinance provides loopholes in it that must be closed, so that removal of younger native trees including key species such as redwoods, maples, and oaks which are critical to Marin's healthy streams is not allowed.
What occurs in the San Geronimo Valley does not occur in a vacuum. It directly impacts tens of thousands of Marin residents and millions of other Americans who annually visit Samuel P. Taylor State Park, National Park Service lands, and Tomales Bay, who come to enjoy our common public resources that include viewing salmon, and being able to have their children swim and play in and along the Lagunitas Creek that is not degraded by the documented dangerously high levels of fecal coliform, sediment and nutrients from failed septic systems, and poor land use practices occurring in the San Geronimo Valley.
Marin's salmon are a state and national biological treasure.
If you take meaningful action by passing a strong ordinance, future generations will thank you for the actions you take on behalf of wild salmon and the healthy watersheds we all depend on for our survival and enjoyment.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!