Celebrate an Early Earth Day with us at the
ECO Film Fest
College of the Canyons, March 9th
10 AM to 4PM
Eight Great Films to choose from –
And It’s Free!
Why not bring the whole family and enjoy a day at the movies on the COC campaus. Film topic discussions will follow each airing. Find out how you can get involved locally by visitng display tables from local groups including SCOPE. Free parking and a food truck at noon or bring your own picnic.
Here are a few trailers to grab your interest:
Highlights of our Work in 2023
Settlement with Los Angeles County to protect oaks, including heritage oaks, preserve public notice and continue to require replacement oaks if removals are approved. The County will also develop and provide a brochure on the importance of preserving our oaks in an effort to educate residents about the importance of these amazing native trees. Many thanks to California Oaks, a project of the CA Wildlife Foundation and other donors for making this work possible.
We celebrated twenty years of survival of the Pico Canyon Old Glory Oak since the great urban tree sit ended in 2003 and the oak was saved in 2003. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has proposed this oak for landmark status – to be considered in 2024.
Protecting the Santa Clara River Floodplain
Flood plains provide an overflow area for rushing water and a place where that water can sink into the ground to re-charge thirsty aquifers. They provide an escape route for animals when floods occur. A new State Flood Plan found that CA could save billions of dollars by working with nature and giving our rivers some “elbow room.” However, this year County Public Works Dept. narrowed the flood map designation in a crucial part of the Santa Clara River next to the huge Newhall Ranch project, a change seemingly made to accommodate FivePoint/Newhall’s development plans and leave the added emergency costs to the public. We will continue to oppose this change in 2024.
Protecting Mountain Lion Habitat
Our challenge to a housing project that failed to disclose the presence of mountain lions and their access to a permanent water supply continues. This project, located in a in a very high fire severity zone also presents potential danger to future and existing residents due to increased fire evacuation times. The Southern mountain lion is now being considered for endangered species status due to high mortality from auto deaths and poison, along with loss of habitat.
Chiquita Canyon Landfill
This is not a pretty picture, but it is an issue that we spent a lot of time on this year and for many years in the past. We attended hearings, wrote letters, made phone calls. We worked to ensure that air monitors were installed and supported the local community in their efforts to demand clean air for their neighborhoods from this multi-billion dollar, multi-national corporation headquartered in Texas. For many years we have demanded water quality monitoring wells over concerns that toxic leachate will reach our water supply. Just recently the US EPA has finally stated it will investigate.
Thank you everyone! You made our 35th Anniversary Fundraiser Celebration a success!
The SCOPE Board received acknowledgements for our work from Senator Scott Wilk, Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo, Supervisor Barger and the City of Santa Clarita. To see more pictures of this event, go to our face book page by clicking the icon above.
Sign our petition to name our magnificent Old Glory Oak as a State Landmark
We are kicking off a drive to have the famous Old Glory oak named as a State Landmark. If you want to help with this campaign, just download the petition by clicking here and help us collect signatures.
Make the month of July “Plastic Free”
Join us for a Plastic Free July! you can get tips on how to avoid plastic and find out more about what plastic is doing to our oceans by going to the Plastic Free July website here.
Here are SCOPE’s Goals for this year:
SCOPE Goals for 2023 with action items
- CEQA Works Coalition – workshop about CEQA and environmental laws
- Water Advocacy
- Wildlife Corridors
- Newhall Pass
- Castaic Area
- Mountain Lions
- Plastics and Recycling
- Plastic Bag/Film Collection at Grocery Stores?
- Work with grocery stores
- PSA posters
- Proper Recycling Education
- Work with County Recycling program in schools events
- Monitor Chiquita Air Quality reports
- Continue work to protect the Santa Clara River
If you are interested in getting involved in any of these issues, please contact SCOPE at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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