Bird Alert: Stop Feeding Birds (for now)

We are sorry to ask folks to give up a source of great joy during our long shutdown. However, due to an outbreak of salmonella poison that is killing pine siskins and other small finches, authorities including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have advised taking down bird feeders, probably until spring. Oregon and Washington have similar alerts.

You will find many news articles with an internet search.

Information with detailed instructions from the Sonoma Bird Rescue Center is here: https://birdrescuecenter.org/salmonellosis/

The request from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is here: https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2021/02/08/salmonellosis-outbreak-causing-songbird-deaths/

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Groundwater Sustainability Plans – Guiding Principles

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, the Environmental Council of Sacramento sent to the Groundwater Sustainability Agencies in the American and Cosumnes Groundwater Subbasins our suggestions for guiding principles for our local Groundwater Sustainability Plans.

Our letter presents suggested Principles we believe should be part of each subbasin’s Plan. These Principles draw upon both state guidance for Groundwater Sustainability Plans and the spirit and intent of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Click here to read the letter.  

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Sacramento Slow Streets

The City of Sacramento is implementing a pilot program, called “Slow & Active Streets,” to promote more bicycle and pedestrian use of neighborhood streets by restricting through vehicular travel. The pilot project ends April 30th, 2021 – when it’s barely gotten started.

If you agree that it should continue (and we do!), please send your comment(s) to the City.

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We hope the success of this slow streets pilot will encourage the City to start “slow streets” in other neighborhoods.

Learn more about it on the City of Sacramento’s website.

There was recently an article in the Sacramento City Express about it. Click here to read the article

Here is a map. 

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