Our voices have been heard, to a small extent: The DRECP agencies have extended the public comment period for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP).
Desert residents have asked for at least a 90-day extension in every DRECP public comment meeting. The extension is for just 45 days. Instead of a January 9, 2015, deadline, we now have until February 23 to file comments about the DRECP. This is a document that fills more than 8,000 pages, which the agencies spent more than five years preparing.
The document is full of scientific and bureaucratic language, but one thing is very clear: It will drastically affect the future of the California desert. And it imposes extensive Development Focus Areas (DFAs) on Lucerne Valley, Victor Valley, and the High Desert.
That means industrial-scale solar and wind projects can be fast-tracked throughout our beautiful High Desert. But it’s not a “done deal.” The Alliance for Desert Preservation urges everyone who loves the California desert to submit written comments to the DRECP, even if you have already spoken at a public comment meeting. Visit www.drecp.org to file your opinions.
The DRECP agencies have also added one final public comment meeting: Wednesday, November 19, 5:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst St., Joshua Tree, CA 92252.