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SAVE OUR VERNAL POOLS!

STOP PLACER COUNTY’S SUNSET AREA PLAN TO DEVELOP AND DESTROY THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF CRITICAL VERNAL POOL HABITAT!

COME TO THE PUBLIC HEARINGS ON NOVEMBER 21ST AND DECEMBER 10TH 2019!
 

On November 4th, Placer County released the final environmental report for the Placer Ranch - Sunset Industrial Area develop, the largest development every planned for Placer County, This development encompasses over 8,000 acres and 13 square miles, envisioning millions square feet of industrial and commercial buildings, as well as housing for 78,000 new residents, in the heart of one of Placer County’s largest remaining vernal pool complexes.

Vernal pools are shallow basins with underlying substrate that hold rainwater in Winter and Spring. The water gradually evaporates until the pools become completely in Summer and Fall. Vernal pools are home to native wetland plants and invertabrates requiring seasonally inundated conditions.

The Sunset Area development will destroy thousands of acres of rare vernal pool complex habitat, home to many unique plant and animal species. Virtually all of the area to be developed is within a Federally designated vernal pool recovery core area established in 2005 as critical habitat for 15 species, including 11 vernal pool native plants and 4 vernal pool crustaceans. (See, Public Review Draft, Existing Conditions Report, October 2015, p. 5-42 .)  Placer County’s own website touts vernal pools as “One of the ‘signature’ landscapes of Placer County.” 

Our vanishing vernal pools are vital biological resources, hotspots of native plant and wildlife biodiversity, key components of wetlands, and carbon sinks that must be preserved! Decades of attempts to create new vernal pools or “move” existing pools have shown that such efforts inevitably fail. Over 90 % of all of California’s vernal pools have been filled in, plowed under, and paved over in the past century – Don’t let this happen to our vernal pools!

What to do:
 
  1. SPEAK OUT! Come to the Placer County Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thurs. Nov. 21 to defend our vernal pools and publicize the Sutter Area Plan’s disastrous impacts. See, "Notice of Public Hearing" for times and locations.
  2. Check here for updates on time & date of hearing.
     
  3. Can’t attend the Public Hearing? Submit written comments by November 19th to Placer County Planning Services Division, 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn, CA 95603 .
     
  4. Come to the Placer County Board of Supervisors Public Hearing tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 10th. Check here for updates on time & date of hearing.  

  5. Learn about the project at a public meeting sponsored by the Alliance for Environmental Leadership at 6 pm on Nov. 14th in the Cypress Room of the Placer County Government Center, 3091 County Center Dr., Auburn.  

  6. Review the Project’s Final Environmental Impact Report in which potential impacts on vernal pools, special status native plants, and federally listed vernal pool species were found to be significant and unavoidable. See excerpts from the “Summary of Impacts and Mitigation Measures from the 2018 Draft Environmental Report,” and the woefully inadequate “Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program” described in the Final Environmental Impact Report.  

  7. Review Redbud Chapter’s February, 2019 Comments on the Draft Environmental Report and responses and 2016 comments on the Notice of Preparation of the Environmental Impact Report.  

Questions? Contact Nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org and allianceforenviroleadership@gmail.com .