Committees for Land, Air, Water and Species

The mission of the Committees for Land, Air, Water and Species is to advocate in a broad array of social and environmental issues through issue-specific committees, to protect natural resources, quality of life and health for all residents, human or otherwise, of the Central Coast of California.

The Committees for Land, Air, Water and Species, or CLAWS, is a California public benefit organization that was incorporated in September 2014.  


CLAWS addresses a variety of community environmental and social justice concerns, acting through a series of committees focusing on specific topics or issues concerning Land, Air, Water, and Species

CLAWS’ first Committee was the Transportation Futures Committee (Land), which serves as the lead petitioner in challenging the Highway 101 widening project and promoting sustainable and alternative transportation options in Santa Barbara County. The Transportation Futures Committee is a community advocate, supporting a close look at the environmental impacts and social consequences of widening Highway 101; in particular, its unmitigated significant environmental impacts, the pressure it will have to further widen other South Coast sections of Highway 101, and the consequences that its funding program will have upon our community’s ability to complete mitigation projects and continue to expand alternative transportation programs. 

Transportation Future’s advocacy goal is to get Caltrans to acknowledge the project’s impacts, and to bring forward specific plans to respond to the Project’s significant impacts to 18 local intersections and new congestion bottlenecks on the main line of Highway 101. The 101 widening project jeopardizes priority programming of the train and alternative transportation programs that the community needs.