Advance our quality of life and protect the beauty and natural resources of Sonoma County for all generations through grassroots political action and education.
Through education and grassroots organizing, Conservation Action engages with the public on environmental issues and policies that affect Sonoma County, influencing the way our area will be shaped for years to come.
Fighting the Good Fight
For more than 25 years, those of us who love the place we live, work, and play have been mobilizing and giving voice to our environmentally concerned residents by:
We exist to mobilize and give voice to all of our environmentally concerned residents, encouraging action that will be seen and felt in our communities for years to come. You can help keep our organization one of the most politically effective groups in the area by donating or volunteering today. Please view our successes, volunteer opportunities, and Political Action Committee pages to learn more about how you can become an environmental steward for Sonoma County!
Conservation Action’s Annual Grassroots Gala and Awards
Special Guest Speaker: Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
Saturday, June 10th at the Friedman Event Center, Santa Rosa
In the News
Russian River Low Flow Project
In 2008, a Biological Opinion was released by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to require lower minimum in-stream flow requirements in the Russian River. The Sonoma County Water Agency has since needed to apply annually for approval from the State Water Board to lower flows to meet this mandate. SCWA is now applying for a permanent change. This application is the first time in this process an EIR required.
Sonoma County residents concerned with this Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project have a narrow window of opportunity to comment on the Draft EIR.
How to get engaged:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for an extension of the comment period to February 14th, 2017
- Review project summary and action steps document by clicking HERE.
In 2013, Sonoma County denied State Parks’ coastal permit application requesting the installation of pay stations that would charge a fee to park at several Bodega Bay and other Sonoma Coast beaches. Many of these publicly-accessible and free beaches are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, and nearly everyone surveyed voices strong disapproval for “iron rangers,” or automated machines to collect payment, many of which take only cash. The message was clear then, as it is now: Sonoma County wants to keep our beaches free.
The State Parks Department has appealed the 2013 decision and wants to now charge $8.00 for anyone to park at key coastal state parks. On Wednesday afternoon, April 13th, the Coastal Commission will meet in Santa Rosa to decide this issue. We need your support to remind the Commission that coast belongs to all Californians, regardless of income.
When: Wednesday April 13th at 1:00pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa
Community Separator Greenbelts
The County of Sonoma is seeking public input and support for renewing and implementing community separators through a ballot measure and General Plan amendment this year – 2016!
Come and mark the maps showing what farm and open space lands should be prioritized such as unprotected priority greenbelts and natural lands around Sonoma Developmental Center or Penngrove.
Need some ideas of what to say? Download Talking Points HERE.
Upcoming Public Workshops
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – Kenwood4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Kenwood Fire Department Location is accessible
9045 Highway 12, Kenwood, CA 95452
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – Cloverdale
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Veterans Memorial Building
205 West 1st Street, Cloverdale, CA 95425
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – Petaluma
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Petaluma Community Center
320 North McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma, CA 94954
Pro-development Coastal Commission appointees maneuver to terminate Dr. Charles Lester, undermining the power behind what has become a model for other states working to preserve natural beauty. There will be a public hearing in Morro Bay on February 10th.
Please sign this MoveOn petition to express concern about the damage this could have on protecting our California coastline and preserving public access.
Please share this information with your friends and family using social media, to help build public awareness. And remember to include the hashtag #SaveOurCoast
How You Can Attend the Hearing in Person
- By Bus: The West Marin Environmental Action Committee is organizing buses and overnight accommodations to depart for Morro Bay the Tuesday before the Wednesday 10th hearing. Sign up on their website to secure a spot while there is still room.
- Carpool: ActCoastal will re-imburse up to $75 in gas expenses-per car- for people who carpool down to the hearing. They are also providing a limited number of shared accommodations for people who depart the day before. Sign up on their website while there is still room.
For more information about the hearing, and how you can get there, please go to the main page of the ActCoastal Campaign website.
We are excited to bring Sean Bothwell, Policy Director at the California Coastkeeper, to the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa on January 28th at 11:30 am. He will be discussing ag issues and stormwater pollution affecting CA and Sonoma County.
On the eve of the big U.N. Summit in Paris, the Climate Movement is taking to the streets. We need to stand up for the earth and make our voices heard. We are sending buses from Sonoma County to Oakland for the Climate March on November 21. Be a part of this global grassroots action and reserve your bus seat today.
Are you familiar with the Trans-Pacific Partnership? It’s a trade agreement between multiple countries that seeks to lower trade barriers and protect the interests of multinational corporations, often at the expense of consumers, the environment, and local workers.
Here at Conservation Action, we’ve been long-dedicated to fighting for the preservation of open space and community separators. Protecting Sonoma County land isn’t only about preserving its natural beauty for future generations – it’s also about maintaining the charm of our cities, protecting our rural heritage, and standing strong for the interests of our citizens.