CURE cares about how government handles land use and natural resource decisions.
You should too. We’ll help you get involved and have a voice.
Click to learn about the three big issues we fight for:
AFTER THE STORM IS TOO LATE.
CURE continues to highlight irrational decisions permitting more development in historically flood prone areas and documents how preserving land for mitigation in advance of disasters saves Americans billions. The Economist recently outlined these benefits. Many organizations, including CURE, are demanding more resources in Congress and at the local level. Don’t let your local government continue to put more people in harm’s way. Learn the facts and demand better. Preventing urban sprawl and development in dangerous areas returns positive benefits that go beyond protecting life and property. Maintaining open space allows for wildlife corridors, sustains habitat, and allows for groundwater recharge. The Economist Intelligence Unit found that investment to make homes and infrastructure more flood-proof returns positive economic, environmental, and social benefits for communities. http://www.floodeconomics.com
CURE GOES TO WASHINGTON
Cure Advisor Seth Wilson joined the Partnership for Conservation on its trip to DC to Educate lawmakers about preserving tax credits that aid in preserving land. Learn more about HERE conservation partnerships and how you can take advantage of this important tool to preserve your property while being compensated.
LOCAL AGRICULTURE, FROM START TO FARMING
CURE supports local sustainable Ag as part of high school project and curriculum.The Riverside Unified School District is developing the iconic property at Victoria and Central into a sports field. CURE retained a prominent architect to develop a design that includes 1.4 acres of sustainable agriculture (in addition to the new field) allowing students to learn about food systems, grow crops, and potentially net well over $100,000 annually in sales for programs. (Reference Urban Farmer) We feel this is a win-win for the community. See CURE’s position on the Poly Property HERE.
Please support this project by weighing in with RUSD president Patricia Locke Dawson. Patricia can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 951-788-7135, ext. 80417.
TO SEA OR NOT TO SEA?
Salton Sea, CA – For those interested in the ongoing mystery of whether anything meaningful will be done to Save Our Sea, the answer is – probably not. On June 5, California voters will decide on whether to approve a bond dedicating a measly $200M to the Sea when billions are needed to address what environmentalists call an ecological Chernobyl. See CURE’s recent comments to the State Water Resources Control Board lamblasting a “feel good” process that will accomplish nothing over the next 10 years but divert money and attention away from solving the real problem. HERE.
Parties supporting the International Canal Project submitted responses on March 9, 2018 to the Resources Agency’s Request for Information on developing an international canal linking the Salton Sea to the Sea of Cortes (potentially by renovating and expanding the existing Coyote Canal) which many acknowledge is the only feasible engineering option to preserve or restore the Sea.
A number of firms presented: Two responses are posted here: ADD GEI and AEOCOM.
Bi-National Canal for Salton Sea Restoration and Colorado River Augmentation
In the meantime, Imperial Irrigation District (IID) promotes a smaller sustainable sea which its own attorney sarcastically described as a “duck pond” at recent hearings. (Reference- go to 1:23:50)
Finally, IID continues to participate in discussions with the Colorado River Basin States to store yet another additional 300,000 afy of water in Lake Mead as part of the Drought Contingency Plan. IID’s hope (as with the QSA) is that the environmental community will capitulate and sign onto this additional diversion with little or no objection. Brenda Burman the recently appointed Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation visited the IID in El Centro in May, urging IID to “fast track” an agreement so that the DCP would be enacted this year without any additional environmental review. If history is prologue, they’ll get the green light to further reduce the Salton Sea.