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LandWatch Monterey County

Mission

Since 1997 LandWatch has protected and enhanced Monterey County’s incredible quality of life. LandWatch’s mission is to promote sound land use policies that better our community – its long-term economic vitality, high agricultural productivity, environmental health, and social equity. Through grassroots education and organization, LandWatch catalyzes public participation in planning, connects people to government, addresses human needs, and inspires conservation of natural resources for current and future generations.

The Big Idea

LandWatch promotes sound land use policies that better our community in terms of long-term economic vitality, high agricultural productivity, environmental health and social equity. Their Monterey County Sustainable Clean Water Project is a five-year campaign advocating for clean, sustainable water supplies, which are critical to the continued viability of both farms and cities. LandWatch is currently leading efforts to ensure that the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency meets its ambitious goals and that various water consumers, from agriculture to municipal uses, don’t overdraft the basin. They engage the public, educate appointed and elected officials, and, where necessary, litigate in support of sustainable clean water.

I am a Seaside activist who has worked along with others to preserve the trees, trails and habitat of Fort Ord for outdoor recreation. Our efforts began in 2012 when we formed Fort Ord Recreational Users to rally the public to oppose the ill-advised Whispering Oaks development. However, only after LandWatch stepped in and led the effort to gather 18,000 petition signatures were we able to stop the development and preserve the land. Shortly thereafter, and again thanks to LandWatch’s aggressive support, the proposed Monterey Downs development on the Happy Trails area of Fort Ord was stopped.

- Bill Weigle