Comments re Sacramento’s Transportation Priorities Plan

On March 14, 2022, ECOS, along with several other environmental groups, submitted a letter to the City of Sacramento about the City’s Transportation Priorities Plan.

Once again, we write to implore you to act swiftly to take comprehensive and bold action to transform transportation in the City and the region. Such a transformation is nonnegotiable if we are to begin to respond to the imminent threat of climate change; it is also essential in fostering equity, addressing traffic safety, increasing the livability of our neighborhoods, and improving air quality.

Just a few weeks ago the Council held a workshop titled Climate and Transportation. Yet the Transportation Priorities Plan before you, which proposes analyzing 700 transportation projects that have been proposed by council members over the past twenty years, would appear to adopt the status quo and does not establish addressing climate change as one of the criteria. Our city is in dire need of a transportation plan that reflects the current century. Again, we urge you to direct your City Manager to set aside staff and resources to develop and implement a comprehensive active transportation and public transit framework for the city.

Click here to read our letter in full.

A Thank You to Our Web Developer

We want to take a moment to give special thanks to Website Creation and Maintenance owner and tech, James Israel, a local web developer who has taken the time to meet the exact website needs of the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS). In 2022, ECOS has undergone a number of organizational changes, which also required a restructuring of our website. In addition to these changes, we wanted to streamline the ways that visitors of our website interact with us. As part of the revamp of the ECOS website, James has taken on custom work (web design and web graphics), special deep-level coding and database connections, customized plugins, and custom API connections to outside apps like email newsletter companies.

ECOS recommends James! He provides creative solutions and offers affordable rates to non-profits. Contact: James Israel ht1[at]dcn[dot]org

Climate Change Committee meeting 4/14

Please join ECOS’ Climate Change Committee on Thursday, April 14, at 6 PM!

We will hear reports from our Committee’s three teams: Transportation, Land Use, Green Buildings.
We will review the status of climate action plans in our region – cities and counties.

We want your ideas for “task forces” that our Committee should establish.
e.g., Natomas team: need to strengthen the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan.

We want to learn about your concerns, to help us identify these task forces, that you might want to join!


6:00: Welcome and Introductions

6:10: Transportation Team Report
John Deeter, Team Chair

6:20: Land Use Committee Report

6:30: Green Building Committee Report

6:40: Transportation Ballot Measure for November election
6:50: Climate Action Plans

7:00: Introductions by folks new to ECOS, their interests; and ideas for “Task Forces”
Nancy Hughett (ECOS Organization Development Committee Chair)

7:45: Adjourn

Please take this Survey: Investment Without Displacement

Sacramento Investment Without Displacement (SIWD) is a coalition of social justice organizations and residents who support building healthy communities, affordable housing, preserving cultural traditions, and the stability of neighborhoods.

SIWD is conducting this survey to gather feedback from the community about a proposed City of Sacramento policy.

The proposed policy would require developers to enter into a community benefits agreement (CBA) for new construction if the developer receives money or incentives from the City of Sacramento.

A developer is an individual or company responsible for building homes, offices, retail or commercial centers, arenas, or industrial sites.

A community benefits agreement or CBA is a legally binding document that outlines community benefits (e.g., affordable housing, park improvements, job training programs) a developer must provide to reduce the negative impact of new development on the people who live near the project.

SIWD will use the information collected through this survey when advocating with the City that the proposed CBA policy reflects equity and what the community wants.

At the end of this survey you will have the option to enter into a raffle to win a prize (for example, gift card, t-shirt or hoodie).

Fish are jumpin’

By Lynne Goldsmith, former Bike Program Director, LA Metro

The ECOS Field Trip to the American River in October 2021 witnessed habitat restoration work, that is, gravel restoration in the lower American River to promote the wild spawning of native steelhead and salmon. The Nimbus and Folsom Dams limit the flow of gravel and sediments necessary for a quality spawning and rearing habitat in the lower American River. This habitat restoration project replenishes this resource. For more information, see the write-up below from

We accessed the river by just a short walk from the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael.

Life-Giving Gravel: For over 10 years, the Water Forum has partnered with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), along with the city and county of Sacramento to implement gravel restoration projects in the lower American River to promote the wild spawning of native steelhead and salmon. This essential project is undertaken yearly because quality spawning and rearing habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead is limited on the lower American River because of Nimbus and Folsom Dams.

Fall-run Chinook Salmon migrate upstream as adults to spawn from October through December. In the egg-laying process, females create a “nest” in loose gravel in flowing water, depositing their eggs and then covering them up with more gravel. Gravel is carefully placed in the river before fall-run salmon are triggered by cooling temperatures to spawn, and after the high spring and summer flows. Our channel restoration projects are designed to create habitat based on modeling that takes into account factors such as water velocity and depth. The project replenishes a resource that has historically been an important part of the lower American River and its delicate ecosystem.