Stu Weiss at November 2012 Gathering

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We convened a Gathering entitled 'Managing Land with Science in Hand' and this is the presentation from Stu Weiss (from Creekside Science). More about the event on our blog: http://openspacecouncil.typepad.com/bay-area-open-space-council/2012/11/liveblogging-from-the-harvest-gathering.html

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Stu Weiss at November 2012 Gathering

  1. 1. Charismatic meso-invertebrate
  2. 2. Timeline• 1986 – first observations
  3. 3. In absence of cattle grazing in South Bay(1 cow-calf/10 ac), introduced annualgrasses overrun habitat within several years(repeatable- too many times).
  4. 4. Timeline• 1986 – first observations• 1993 – N-deposition awareness
  5. 5. Dry Nitrogen DepositionSmog is slow release N-fertilizer
  6. 6. Timeline• 1986 – first observations• 1993 – N-deposition awareness• 1992-2000 – Silver Creek Hills Trainwreck• 1999 – Cars, cows and checkerspot butterflies Conservation Biology 13:1476-1486 Dec 1999
  7. 7. Keystone Species: Ranchers
  8. 8. Timeline• 1986 – first observations• 1993 – N-deposition awareness• 1992-2000 – Silver Creek Hills Trainwreck• 1999 – Cars, cows and checkerspot butterflies• 1999-2001 – Metcalf Energy Center• 2001 – Highway 101, HCP commitment• 2002-2006 – Los Esteros, Silicon Valley PowerPowerplants
  9. 9. Metcalf Energy Center, Tulare Hill Large point source,incremental effects in an already polluted region (cumulative impacts) Precedent setting mitigation in 2000:131 acres + $1.4 millionendowment + operating expenses 30-yearsTwo other powerplants, 80 acres + $700,000 endowment
  10. 10. Widening Highway 101: 2001 500+ acres. Fee title VTA, managed by SCCOSA Commit to Santa Clara County HCP/NCCP:
  11. 11. N-side Tulare Hill 2002
  12. 12. N-side Tulare Hill 2007
  13. 13. Timeline• 1986 – first observations• 1993 – N-deposition awareness• 1992-2000 – Silver Creek Hills Trainwreck• 1999 – Cars, cows and checkerspot butterflies• 1999-2001 – Metcalf Energy Center• 2001 – Highway 101, HCP commitment• 2002-2006 – Los Esteros, Silicon Valley PowerPowerplants• 2003 – Flower Power I tours• 2005-2012 HCP/NCCP• 2011 – Flower Power II tours
  14. 14. Operation Flower Power: TheUltimate Grassroots LobbyingDry deposition – Dominant in California Santa Clara Co. Supervisor Blanca Alvarado (2002)
  15. 15. CongressmanDry deposition – Dominant in(2005) Jerry McNerney CaliforniaDocent led tours 2007-present
  16. 16. Timeline• 1986 – first observations• 1993 – N-deposition awareness• 1992-2000 – Silver Creek Hills Trainwreck• 1999 – Cars, cows and checkerspot butterflies• 1999-2001 – Metcalf Energy Center• 2001 – Highway 101, HCP commitment• 2002-2006 – Los Esteros, Silicon Valley PowerPowerplants• 2003 – Flower Power I tours• 2005-2012 HCP/NCCP• 2011-2012 – Habitat Conservation Now• 2011 - Flower Power II tours
  17. 17. Habitat Conservation Nowwww.habitatconservationnow.orgSanta Clara Valley Chapter CNPSGreenbelt AllianceCommittee for Green FoothillsSanta Clara Valley Audubon SocietyThe Nature ConservancyLoma Prieta Chapter Sierra ClubFunding from Moore Foundation
  18. 18. Timeline• Fall 2012 Votes on Final Plan• Santa Clara Valley Water District ↑ 7-0• Santa Clara County ↑ 3-2• Morgan Hill ↑ 5-0• Gilroy ↑ 4-3• San Jose ? – Dec 4, 2012 vote•Many thanks to USFWS and CDFG!•2011-2012 – Habitat Conservation Now• 2011 - Flower Power II tours
  19. 19. www.bayarealands.org CLN Final Report Chapter 9 Viability Summary 2 N-deposition
  20. 20. Chemical Climate of CaliforniaInitiative with CNPS, Cal- IPC, and others to inject N-deposition mitigation into CEQA and ESA Powerplants in San Diego Co. Antioch Dunes NWR
  21. 21. Tons NOx/day TWC250200150 San Francisco San Mateo100 Santa Clara 50 0 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 NOx is down, but NH3 is up!

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