Since 1997 LandWatch has protected and enhanced Monterey County’s incredible quality of life. Our 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
The Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (SVBGSA) was established in 2017 under state law. Now, this new agency must develop comprehensive groundwater sustainability plans by 2022 with implementation by 2040, and LandWatch is leading efforts to ensure the ambitious goals are met. LandWatch is actively involved in reviewing SVBGSA plans to promote the use of the best available science, planning and metrics. Funds raised through Monterey County Gives! will support efforts to engage the public, educate local officials and, if necessary, litigate in support of sustainable, clean water that can serve all stakeholders for the long term.
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 horsetrack 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 Kauffman