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CEQA Workshop Video
Last December, LandWatch and Sustainable Seaside partnered to offer a workshop focused on the California Environmental Quality Act. The workshop was filmed and has been posted on YouTube for the public to view. (01.26.15)

Desalination Plant Schedule Adjusted
The California Public Utilities Commission has updated the schedule for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (MPWSP) to incorporate more complete data. The comment period is now 60 days. There is now also a ban on ex parte communications with decision makers. (01.23.15)

KSBW Highlights LandWatch Lawsuit
Did you see the interview with LandWatch on KSBW? If not, check it out. During the interview, Executive Director Amy White outlines the infrastructure issues and lack of water supply for the Ferrini Ranch project. LandWatch's petition contends the County violated its own General Plan. (01.16.15)

Additional Lawsuits Filed on Ferrini Ranch
The Ferrini Ranch project was considered under the 1982 General Plan. LandWatch and, separately, the Highway 68 Coalition, each filed a lawsuit contending the project's environmental documents failed to consider fully the impacts to traffic, water, aesthetics, and sensitive habitat. (01.16.15)

LandWatch & Chris Flescher Get Awards!
The Transportation Excellence Award is going to LandWatch Monterey County for its Monterey County Mobility Coalition efforts, specifically its work spearheading the passage of Measure Q. The ceremony will take place at the regularly scheduled Transportation Agency for Monterey County Board Meeting. LandWatch’s very own Chris Flescher will also be receiving an award for his outstanding contribution to improving transportation in Monterey County and his successful advocacy of alternate transportation.

Conservation in the Ventana Wilderness
Did you hear that The Wilderness Land Trust purchased a 120-acre private parcel in the Ventana Wilderness for conservation purposes? This means the famous hiking area will now be open indefinitely. Apparently this parcel had well known views of Ventana Double Cone. Thank you to the Land Trust and let's hope the transfer to the Forest Service goes smoothly. (01.12.15)

Settlement on County General Plan Reached
Monterey County, The Open Monterey Project and LandWatch Monterey County have reached an agreement that could settle the remaining litigation over the 2010 Monterey County General Plan. This new settlement calls for the County to consider various additional amendments to the 2010 General Plan. The proposed amendments to the General Plan will undergo a full public review process, including hearings at the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors, and be subject to environmental review. It is anticipated that this process will begin in February and conclude in late April or early May. (01.14.15)

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