Environment and conservation
We live in an ecologically delicate neighborhood.
A large portion of our community is federal parkland -- the beautiful Golden
Gate National Recreation Area. Many different kinds of wildlife -- from
deer, racoons, squirrels and skunks to coyotes, foxes, chipmunks and some
endangered species live here too. The wooded canyons of Tam Valley
contain many types of birds, including hawks and buzzards.
This section of the Tam Valley website
will cover the Tam Valley watershed, fire prevention, erosion control,
flooding, endangered species, native plants and animals, alternatives
to clear-cutting eucalyptus, French Broom (ginestra) control, alternatives
to pesticides and Pesticide Free Zones, flooding and other natural disasters
and how to prevent them. This section will also cover air and water quality,
conservation, recycling, disposal of hazardous materials and other ecological
If you have expertise in any of these
subjects and would be willing to share please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A scientific assessment of health of
the local environment
Resources Defense Counsel's website has a section -- The
Green Gate: NRDC's Guide to the S.F. Bay Area - which evaluates
the Bay Area environment and gives "'report cards' on the region's
handling of air,
living, and health
issues." Our grades aren't so good. We got "C's" - no clear trend
toward improvement or worsening - in most categories. We'll just discuss
the categories where we got good and bad marks. See the NRDC Green
Gate website for the complete picture.
Our worst grades were in Air
and Energy - where we show
a worsening trend for "individual contributions to global warming," gasoline
consumption & vehicle use, diesel use, and partical pollution.
we showed a worsening trend for residential water use and water diverted
from the delta. On Wildlife
and Wetlands we show mixed results - with improvement in the health
of our wetlands, and a worsening trend in the Southern Sea Otter, endangered
species, and invasive species categories.
In the Urban
Living category, population, sprawl and garbage are worsening, but
we're showing improvement in public transit use and environmentally friendly
we also had mixed results, with the childhood lead poisoning problem improving,
while the contamination of Bay fish worsened. Childhood asthma rates and
cancer rates showed no noticeable trend, which probably is good news. Pesticide
use has gone down in San Francisco while rising in surrounding areas.