LandWatch’s mission is to protect Monterey County’s future by addressing climate change, community health, and social inequities in housing and infrastructure. By encouraging greater public participation in planning, we connect people to government, address human needs, and inspire conservation of natural resources.
The Big Idea
LandWatch Monterey County protects our area’s environmental future by involving citizens in public policy and planning. For its Big Idea, LandWatch Monterey County is supporting efforts to engage and educate the public and local officials on Salinas Valley’s groundwater issues, where overpumping for 70 years has led to seawater intrusion that makes water unusable for farms and communities. LandWatch is holding the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency accountable for an ambitious timeline of developing comprehensive groundwater sustainability plans by 2022.
Where would we be without LandWatch? As a former Monterey County Supervisor, I know how effective LandWatch has been as our advocate for sustainable development. For the past 23 years LandWatch has served as our watchdog over constantly threatened natural resources, farmlands, coast, and water supplies. Tirelessly LandWatch advocates for city-centered, climate-friendly growth and affordable housing. It has alerted us to bad projects, like the Monterey Downs horse track and Armstrong Ranch subdivision—and stopped them. But needed projects like Pebble Beach’s workforce housing and Tanimura and Antle’s farmworker housing get LandWatch support. Because of that, Monterey County hasn’t yet lost its soul to urban sprawl. Rather, much of the County is now charting a more sustainable future. But new challenges continue to strike. Support LandWatch now to assure we keep winning those battles!
- Karin Strasser Kaufman