Santa Cruz County residents and concerned citizens have joined collectively in a new grassroots group, Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community (NOPOC), to voice their issues concerning a proposed power line project. The neighborhood alliance believes the Santa Cruz 115kV Reinforcement Project as proposed by PG&E will have an adverse effect on the surrounding hills, wildlife, livestock, agriculture, and residents within the impacted areas of Day Valley, Aptos, Corralitos, Plesant Valley, and Watsonville.
According to NOPOC, the proposed project will see greater than eighty metal poles, many as tall as 10-story buildings, erected in rural residential neighborhoods. To put in these monumental steel structures, PG&E plans to assemble touchdown pads in an apple orchard and fly heavy cargo helicopters six days per week for 10 hours a day over properties, faculties, and companies for as much as 18 months. The venture could even require the destruction of greater than a hundred and fifty mature trees and the ongoing elimination of vegetation, which can adversely impression the ecosystem and the aesthetics of the area.