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Community Corner: Volunteers needed for Chico parks, greenways - 0 views

  • The city of Chico Parks Division is hosting an orientation meeting March 30 for people who are interested in becoming parks volunteers.

    The meeting will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 421 Main St.

  • Frequently the Parks Division volunteers team up with what Romain calls “partner organizations” that have special interests in the city’s open spaces. Among them are Friends of Bidwell Park, Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway, Chico Velo-Trailworks, Stream Team, California Native Plant Society and Butte Environmental Council.

    “Our partnerships with these groups and our volunteers work together for the greater good, making our park and greenways more enjoyable for people,” said Romain.


The Orion : Biological science department holds 2nd career fair - 0 views

  • The Biological Sciences Outreach Committee put on its second biology career fair at Chico State.
  • Becky Holden from Butte Environmental Council answers questions from a student.

BEC has educational forum about water - 0 views

  • A public forum about where our water comes from and where it goes during — H20 Origins — is planned 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, in Room 111 of the new Arts and Humanities building at Chico State University.
  • Becky Holden, assistant director of the Butte Environmental Council, will lead the forum, part of a larger monthly education series

Central Valley Business Times - 0 views

  • The Environmental Water Caucus, a group of more than 20 environmental organizations, has filed a lengthy list of objections to Gov. Edmund Gerald Brown Jr.’s plan to drain fresh water out of the Sacramento River before it could flow into the California Delta.
  • The Environmental Water Caucus includes the following organizations: AquAlliance; Butte Environmental Council; California Coastkeeper Alliance; California Save Our Streams Council; California Sportfishing Protection Alliance; California Striped Bass Association; California Water Impact Network (C-WIN); California Water Research Associates; Center for Biological Diversity; Citizens Water Watch; Clean Water Action; Desal Response Group; Earth Law Center; Environmental Justice Coalition for Water; Environmental Protection Information Center; Environmental Working Group; Food & Water Watch; Foothill Conservancy; Friends of the River; Karuk Tribe; Klamath Riverkeeper; North Coast Stream Flow Coalition; Northern California Council Federation of Fly Fishers; Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations; Planning and Conservation League; Restore the Delta; Sacramento River Preservation Trust; San Mateo County Democracy for America; Save the American River Association; Save the Bay Association; Sierra Club, California; Sierra Nevada Alliance; Southern California Watershed Alliance; the Bay Institute, and, Winnemem Wintu Tribe.

Open house garden festival planned Feb. 19 in Chico - 0 views

  • A free open house and garden festival is planned noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Humboldt Community Garden, corner of Humboldt and El Monte avenues in Chico, hosted by the Butte Environmental Council.

Chico News & Review - Whom to watch in 2017 - Feature Story - Local Stories - January 5... - 0 views

  • In Chico, that means Goldstein is working with nonprofits like Butte Environmental Council and GRID Alternatives as well as city staff and the Sustainability Task Force to implement the city’s Climate Action Plan. That plan calls for a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gases over 2005 levels by the year 2020.
    We are excited to be working with Bryce Goldstein, one of 2017's people to watch! Together we are striving for local climate change awareness and real positive change!

Chico News & Review - A green year - Sustainability - Green - December 29, 2016 - 0 views

  • In January, dogged tree activist Charles Withuhn continued his effort to replenish the urban forest by offering free trees to the public through his organization, Chico Tree Advocates. “What makes me grateful to live here is not the bushes. It’s these towering giants that have been here since Annie Bidwell, and they’re not being replaced,” he told CN&R.
  • On March 1, Natalie Carter stepped down from her post as general manager at the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market to take the reins as executive director of Butte Environmental Council.
  • In the June primary, Butte County voters showed their overwhelming support for banning hydraulic fracturing locally: Measure E, sponsored by local group Frack-Free Butte County, won by 71.5 percent of the vote.
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  • The November election also resulted in California voting to uphold the plastic bag ban, meaning grocers in other areas of Butte County (Chico had its own bag ban in place already) will have to follow suit.

Butte Environmental Council named top-rated nonprofit - 0 views

  • “BEC is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, in a press release.
  • “We are so proud of our many accomplishments this year, including our 29th annual Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup event that brought out more than 500 community volunteers who cleaned over four tons of waste and recyclables from our local creeks.”

Autumn Watersheds event planned Sunday in Chico - 0 views

  • Get ready to throw on your hiking boots, load up your family and head to the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve because Butte Environmental Council is teaming up with CSU Chico Ecological Reserves to host a spectacular event called Autumn Watersheds 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve off State Route 32.
  • Events will be led by CSU Geology alum Anna Nattress; Land Steward Ryan Edwards; Executive Director of Butte Environmental Council Natalie Carter; Director Emeritus of the CSUC Ecological Reserves Paul Maslin and Education Coordinator for the CSUC Ecological Reserves Jon Aull.

Season starts in Chico for Block Parties with a Purpose | Action News Now - 0 views

  • Saturday's Block Party will start at the bridge over Lindo Channel at the corner of East 5th and East Lindo Avenues. It will continue west to the Highway 99 Bridge. Coffee will be provided by Beatniks and sandwiches will be provided by the Beach Hut Deli.
  • The Block Parties with a Purpose will be h eld on the second Saturday of each month, ending the season on May 13th, 2017.
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  • Katie Beeson, Butte Environmental Council business manager, said the nonprofit is creating a craft project with recycled materials at its office downtown all day in recognition of the movement.
  • “As Giving Tuesday becomes more popular,” said Beeson, “we’re hoping that Chico can really become a place on the map for local giving back.”

Environmental coalitions push stricter limits on plastic bag ban | Action News Now - 0 views

  • Prop 67, the measure that would ensure a ban in every city and require stores to charge 10 cents for paper bags.

    The Butte Environmental Council Executive Director says we still have a lot of work to do.

    "In the United States, we use more than a billion plastic bags a year and less than one percent of them are recycled,” said Natalie Carter. “The rest of them end up in landfills and take more than a thousand years to degrade."

  • City Councilmember Randall Stone says our county needs to protect our numerous creeks, streams and rivers.

    "We have plastic bags going into those creeks and streams it requires us to clean that space up that costs a tremendous amount of money for the city of Chico in volunteer time as well as staff and waste time,” he said.


'Urban oasis' Teichert Ponds shaping up, but funds still scarce - 0 views

    A brief, but much appreciated mention of the good work Butte Environmental Council does in the community #BECProtects

A busy Saturday in the park during 29th annual Chico cleanup event - 1 views

  • Hundreds of hands gathered tons of trash Saturday in Chico’s prized parks and along Lindo Channel, Little Chico Creek and Comanche Creek. The 29th annual cleanup is organized by the Butte Environmental Council,
  • During the events, big containers are provided to help haul all the items away, BEC assistant director Becky Holden explained while standing near a row of blue recycling containers, each with a different label of what should go inside.

Chico News & Review - Asking for influence - News - Local Stories - September 15, 2016 - 1 views

  • Carter, executive director of the Butte Environmental Council, and Cecil, executive director of the Butte County Farm Bureau, had asked the commission to allow their respective constituents a greater voice in governing local water resources.
  • BEC took the lead in a coalition of 15 groups and individuals seeking a water advisory committee representing environmentalists and private pumpers.
  • “I think we’re coming closer to having common ground on this issue and coming together as a county to defend groundwater users that aren’t represented by [an agency] and also those environmental concerns, those beneficial uses of our water in our county,” Carter said after the meeting.
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    Asking for influence

    Environmental and ag groups offer input on forthcoming state water regulations

Groundwater report, plans on table at Water Commission Wednesday - 1 views

  • Butte County is working with other water leaders in the county toward the state-mandated Sustainable Groundwater Management planning effort, This involves agencies that manage water creating plans that maintain water supply and water quality.
  • So far, several water agencies that provide surface water within the county have attended meetings, with a goal of identifying who will govern which areas of the groundwater basins. Mapping out jurisdictions needs to be finished by June of next year.
  • What will happen with private pumpers in Butte County is still up for discussion. At a recent GSA meeting, Carol Perkins from the Butte Environmental Council, told the Enterprise-Record that her groups hoped private pumpers would be given an active role.

Easing The Drought, 55 Gallons At A Time | NSPR - 1 views

  • On a recent Saturday, three staffers with the Butte Environmental Council were demonstrating how to build a simple contraption to harvest the rain.
  • Illegal in California before 2012, rain barrels aren’t going to save the Delta Smelt, spring run salmon or next year’s almond crop. But they can irrigate gardens, reduce water bills and reduce loads on sewage plants. If adopted widely enough, the water saved becomes a lot more than a few drops in the proverbial bucket.

Butte County supervisors OK PG&E tree removal from Midway bike path - 0 views

  • As part of the process, the utility has pledged to plant 64 new trees along the Midway roadway itself. These mostly native species of plants will build and enhance the Midway’s distinctive tree canopy, according to PG&E public affairs manager Joe Wilson.
  • The utility consulted with the county, the resource district and the Butte Environmental Council on its Midway plan.

Chico News & Review - Gathering momentum - Sustainability - Green - March 31, 2016 - 0 views

  • Environmental groups get together to gain support for local efforts following sustainability conference
  • “It’s not just what we need to do, but ‘this is what we’ve done,’” Stemen said. “The amount of activity that’s happening around these types of issues—sustainability, environmental justice, basic peace with the planet—is really vibrant in this community so having a night like this allows people to find out what’s going on and be re-energized. When you’re just one group, sometimes it’s a little lonely, then you realize, ‘No, I’m just one of many.’”

Chico News & Review - State of the ranch - News - Local Stories - May 21, 2015 - 0 views

    Environmental groups want to see Bidwell Ranch become part of Bidwell Park
    Seasonal cattle-grazing makes up the bulk of the activity at Bidwell Ranch, an expansive reserve downslope of Upper Bidwell Park. But that could change if the Chico City Council gets behind the request of a coalition of heavy-hitting local environmental groups.

    As John Merz put it in a recent city meeting, the request is straightforward: that "Bidwell Ranch become a formal part of Bidwell Park."
    But that plan has hit snags over the past decade, and Merz says local environmental groups-Friends of Bidwell Park, Butte Environmental Council, Altacal Audubon Society, the Sierra Club Yahi Group, the California Native Plant Society's Mount Lassen chapter and the Bidwell Ranch Committee-have come to the conclusion that the best option for the 750-acre property is adding it to the city's largest park.
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