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The mission of the San Benito Agricultural Land Trust is “to conserve regionally significant lands that sustain productive agriculture, preserve open space, and maintain the rural character of the county.”

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Volunteers Gather Seeds From Native Plants for Post-Burn Restoration

Nearly 40 volunteers congregated at the Nyland property outside of San Juan Bautista on June 5 to combat the spread of invasive non-native plants. Their mission was simple: collect native seeds.

(June 9, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
State Lawmakers Weigh Buying Out Farmers to Save Water

A proposal in the state Senate would spend up to $1.5 billion to buy “senior water rights” that allow farmers to take as much water as needed from the state’s rivers and streams.

(June 6, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report

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Recycle hazardous materials free June 18

Did you know that putting batteries in your trash and recycling containers can, and does cause fires in trucks and facilities that endanger workers and damage expensive equipment? In California, it is illegal to put batteries in the trash or …

Image caption: Artist's rendering of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, which will be the largest in the world.
The Bridge to Coexistence

The Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, which will help pumas in the Santa Monica Mountains cross 10 lanes of Highway 101, will be the largest in the world.

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Nuclear Power in California: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

California may soon shut down its last nuclear power plant, but Gov. Gavin Newsom who once championed the closure has had a change of heart. Federal funds may now keep the plant running.

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Cities, districts adopt mandatory watering restrictions

As the statewide drought continues and with San Benito County cut off from one of its primary sources of water from outside the county, local regulators and elected officials have begun implementing mandatory conservation measures for residents and businesses. The …

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Environmental study to begin soon on Strada Verde proposal

Local officials and consultants are getting ready to begin an environmental study of the Strada Verde Innovation Park, a 2,767-acre mixed-use commercial and technological project proposed in northwest San Benito County. The upcoming effort to complete an Environmental Impact Report …

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Sierra snowpack signals deepening statewide drought

Seven years ago April 1, during the height of the last drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown stood on the barren slopes of the Sierra Nevada, watching as engineers measured the worst snowpack in state history. Friday’s snow measurements aren’t quite …

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SJB wastewater project to receive $1M in federal funding

San Juan Bautista is among eight Central Coast communities slated to receive federal funding for public works, healthcare, housing and other projects, according to U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta’s office.  The FY 2022 appropriations package for the 20th Congressional District totals …

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Local trash only?

San Benito County’s growing pains are starting to hit the John Smith Road Landfill, which is quickly approaching its 15-year reserve capacity for local-only garbage. As of April 1—due to a recent vote by the board of supervisors—the landfill’s operator, …

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A Modern-Day Noah’s Ark

LA Times staff writer Louis Sahagun reports from the front lines of the battle to preserve California’s most endangered species.

Image caption: RCDs look after the land, whether it’s used for grazing, growing, or getting out into nature.
California Dirt

What do resource conservation districts protect? Pretty much everything that’s worth saving.

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