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Stuck in the Mud (1/25)

Learn about the watershed of the Pajaro River and how it is threatened. On Wednesday, January 25 at Cabrillo College Watsonville Center, the Santa Cruz Group of the Sierra Club will show the excellent video "Stuck in the Mud: The Pajaro River in Peril." After the screening, the Pajaro River Watershed Committee and other guests will provide updates of activities on the River and include the audience in a discussion of concerns and visions.
The program will focus on the themes of the video: the sediment problems from quarrying, flood protection issues downstream, the species of concern, public access to the river and water quality. The featured quest will be Dr. Robert Curry, fluvial geomorphologist, who will serve on the panel and respond to questions and comments.

Another special feature of the evening will be a Google Earth fly-away experience of the watershed.

This event is intended to bring together people from throughout the watershed to seek solutions for the challenges that face the communities of
the River. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM in the Forum Room. The event is free. There will be a reception with refreshments and displays.

Cabrillo College is located at 310 Union Street, Watsonville. For other information contact the Sierra Club at 831-426-HIKE.

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GREEN Eyes in the Sky: Desktop satellite tools are changing the way environmentalists work

Here's a link to a logging flyover:

GREEN Eyes in the Sky
Desktop satellite tools are changing the way environmentalists work

- Gregory Dicum, Special to SF Gate gregory (at)
Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Imagine yourself in outer space, gazing at the blue and green sphere that is our home. Now zoom in, fast, diving toward continents and oceans. Soon rivers and cities emerge, then individual houses, then cars. Zoom closer -- there's a camel in the desert, and you can even zoom right to its eyelashes.

This is Google Earth, the flagship of the latest generation of desktop tools (NASA's WorldWind is another great tool) that is putting sophisticated and comprehensive models of the planet in the hands of anybody with a PC. When it came out last June, the free Google Earth application immediately became an online sensation, with geo-enthusiasts everywhere using the program to tour the world virtually, and then posting images and movies on the Web.

But for environmentalists, Google Earth has turned out to be much more than another gee-whiz software development. Instead, it's starting to look like a killer app that could change the power balance between grassroots environmentalists and their adversaries.

"Google Earth enabled us to give people a chance to visit the Arctic from their desks," says Eric Antebi, national press secretary for the Sierra Club. As part of the struggle to keep the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge free of oil wells, the Sierra Club set up a Google Earth annotation (linked to from here) so users can explore the region. "People could fly around Northern Alaska and see this landscape -- they could get out there and see why this place is worth protecting."



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