2018 Year In Review
Thank you for your generous support of EAC that makes our work to protect and sustain the unique lands, waters and biodiversity of West Marin possible. EAC is one of the only local environmental nonprofits taking on multi-year, and sometimes decade-long campaigns to address environmental threats in our area, providing an essential voice on behalf of West Marin’s priceless natural resources.
2018 milestones and successes
Passed a resolution recognizing the importance of nesting and migratory birds and raising awareness for revised Marin County policies to avoid negative impacts to nests and habitats.
Upheld the Coastal Act stopping a development proposal at the Tomales Dunes that would have harmed environmentally sensitive dune habitat.
Protected coastal resources by advocating for aquaculture best management practices, sustainable fisheries management, Marin County’s Local Coastal Program amendments, opposing new offshore oil leases in California, and our Executive Director was appointed to the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.
Combated marine debris through community partnerships on Coastal Clean Up Day and Litter Bugs Me, becoming a Clean Marin partner, and through our work to stop source pollution by empowering local youth to work towards a ban on single-use plastic straws and utensils.
Engaged in climate change adaptation planning efforts in California and Marin County.
Defended our public lands by advocating for protection of unique environmental resources, participating in the public process to safeguard our parks, and supporting the acquisition of new public lands to expand and protect wildlife corridors, habitats, species, and public access.
Provided outdoor education programming bringing more than 200 students into Marin County Parks and Open Space and California’s network of Marine Protected Areas to learn about habitats and community science through use of iNaturalist.
Collected Community Science surveys of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on beaches and near special closures with a team of 45 volunteers who completed 165 (and counting) surveys as part of our Marin MPA Watch program.
Launched our Russell Ridge Education Fund providing College of Marin scholarships to the next generation of natural history students and stewards of the land.
A SNAPSHOT OF EAC’s CORE accomplishments SINCe 1971
Advocated for the conservation and protection of the Giacomini Wetlands with a organized sail-in, which successfully stopped the construction of a levee.
Participated in the community effort to stop the controversial Countywide Plan that would have constructed a six-lane highway from the Golden Gate Bridge to Point Reyes and intensely developed the area.
Stopped the expansion of the West Marin dump through a decade long struggle.
Banned the use of jet skis in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary including Tomales Bay.
Protected Estero Americano and Estero San Antonio when the City of Santa Rosa proposed to dump its sewage into these estuaries. Later, EAC stopped developers who proposed to build Marin Coast Golf Ranch at the mouth of Estero San Antonio.
Protected the Tomales Dunes-wetlands complex at Lawson’s Landing (after 40 years of advocacy), striking a balance between protecting environmentally sensitive habitat and supporting the continued operation of this large, family-owned coastal campground.
Stopped construction of industrial wind turbines along the ridgelines of the east shore of Tomales Bay.
Successfully advocated for the designation of Drakes Estero Wilderness in Point Reyes National Seashore.
Worked with county Supervisors and other stakeholders to protect local bird populations, which resulted in a Marin County resolution and a designated international Migratory Bird Treaty Day on May 12 in Marin.
EAC's work is made possible due to the support of our membership. We can’t do this alone, we need your support, your voice, and your participation.
Today, our work is especially important as the federal administration is actively working to dismantle and weaken environmental protections. It is critical to have a local environmental group fighting to protect the irreplaceable habitats and species we love.
Your financial contributions enable us to take on critical issues to protect our local environment, like advocating for local and state environmental protections, and providing education and engagement through our community science and youth outdoor education programs. We need your support to take on the issues that matter most in 2019.
I want to personally invite you to consider a special year-end tax deductible donation, so we can tenaciously advocate for West Marin. As an additional incentive all donations given before December 31st will be matched by our board up to $20,000, so it’s the perfect time to double your impact, or even triple your gift with an employer match!