Conserving California's Urban-wild Interface
Our work to reduce the impacts of runaway development on wildlife and the climate saw several wins this year. In the realm of destructive water use, we beat back California's "twin tunnels," which proposed diverting water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, endangering salmon, steelhead and delta smelt. And we stopped Cadiz, a water-mining project that would have depleted an ancient desert aquifer and built a 43-mile-long-pipeline through the Mojave Desert.
We also halted a vineyard, which would have torn out more than 14,000 trees in Napa County, through a courtroom victory; reached an agreement with the city of Fontana to protect habitat for California gnatcatchers and reduce pollution from a new warehouse complex; and successfully advocated against a harmful project that threatened mountain lions, western pond turtles and key wildlife corridors in Southern California.