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:
WHAT PRICE WATER? The Dead Sea soon won’t only be in Israel. The Salton Sea is about to die so that San Diegans can take longer showers. Read CURE’S “WHAT PRICE WATER” to help stop this short-term stupidity.
GREENING CITIES Want to eat fresh, local food? CURE is focused on promoting projects that sustain urban agriculture.
AFTER THE STORM Record damages were caused by fires, flooding and hurricanes this past year, but nothing changes. Read to see how you can demand smarter regulations upfront.
AFTER THE STORM IS TOO LATE.
CURE continues to highlight irrational decisions that permit more development in flood prone areas. Here’s an excellent article from the Economist outlining the benefits of early mitigation. Don’t let your local government continue to put more people in harms way. Learn the facts and demand better. In the end, all off us pay when flooding happens. Flood mitigation investment returns positive benefits that go beyond dollars and cents.
The Economist Intelligence Unit found that investment to make homes and infrastructure more flood-proof returns positive economic, environmental, and social benefits for communities. We reveal the flood mitigation actions, challenges and benefits for 11 flood-affected communities across the US. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, please tune in on March 20, 2018
for the State Water Resources Control Board hearing on Salton Sea updates. State Water Board 3/20/18 Agenda
Hope rather than action remains the State of California’s #1 strategy. See our comment submission 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:
Another by the Jennings & Johnson – Sea to Sea Partnership:
More on these proposals and submissions as they become available.
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)
All water agencies continue to tout the unfunded “10 year plan” which could restore about 15,000 acres of wetlands for a whopping $385,000,000 subject to voter bond approval later this year. CURE views the 10-year plan as a diversion and waste of taxpayer money. Moreover, it falls far short of the State of California’s obligation to mitigate all impacts resulting from the landmark 2003 Quantification Settlement Agreement and ag to urban water transfer, as some of the most important habitat in the State continues to go hyper-saline. For this amount of money, a larger restoration, and regional water sustainability for generations could at least have a good start.
Finally, IID continues to participate in discussions with the Colorado River Basin States to store yet an 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. If history is prologue, they’ll get the green light to further reduce the Salton Sea. Anyone for duck hunting?
To learn more about efforts in our region promoting urban agriculture, see the RCRCD Newsletter from the Riverside Conservation Resource District and Riverside food system alliance.