(January 2024) DarkSky West Marin needs your support

Everywhere we go, miracles happen. We’ve had so much overwhelming support that it makes my heart sing. But DarkSky West Marin is facing its first challenge and needs your help. In May this year, the Point Reyes National Seashore followed a DarkSky International recommendation to file a separate application from our DarkSky West Marin villages. We were excited to move forward after this change, believing our simplified application process would expedite our application. We went right to work, addressing the remaining requirements: a lighting ordinance, outreach to other coastal villages, forming teams for a wintertime, citizen-science lighting inventory, and conducting a West Marin streetlight study with a cost/benefit analysis for retrofitting 133 streetlights in our DarkSky zone.

We learned at the meeting that Marin, the richest county in the U.S., cannot afford a lighting ordinance similar to the ones passed in 25 other American counties. It was not placed into this year’s county budget–we need it to be on the next.

The five members of the Board of Supervisors set priorities for Marin, and the final decision about whether to budget for DarkSky West Marin in 2024-25 is up to them. We hope you can help by writing or calling them. One email address, BOS@marincounty.gov goes to each of the supervisors. See the list below if you prefer to make phone calls or mail letters. Offer the reason(s) that preserving this easily conservable natural resource is important to you.  

Some examples are 

  • the benefit to migrating birds, rare mammals, fish, insects, and reptiles endemic to this unique, biodiverse hotspot
  • preservation of our view of the Milky Way and the experience of awe that it inspires
  • prevention of commercial or residential light trespass
  • an example of your own

We also need financial help. The Point Reyes Station Village Association has supported our work, but we’ll need more funding to ensure everyone in our DarkSky Zone knows about this project. We’ll need funding to maintain our website and membership list, to produce educational events, to access light measuring equipment, and to conduct a local mailing campaign. Your donation is much appreciated.

“I do think this is one of the most significant environmental problems of our time that almost nobody knows about,” – John Barentine, PhD, F.R.A.S., DarkSky Consulting, LLC.

Peggy, Laura, and Don

Board of Supervisors, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 329, San Rafael, CA 94903, Phone: (415) 473-7331, Fax: (415) 473-3645

District 1 – Email Supervisor Sackett

District 2 – Email Supervisor Rice

District 3 – Email Supervisor Moulton-Peters

District 4 – Email Supervisor Rodoni

District 5 – Email Supervisor Lucan