It was one year ago today that Heather Altman—an environmentalist at both work and play—laid out the first installment of her vision for a new local order by debuting her ultimatum-y sounding blog, EgretsNotRegrets.com. Results from the first 365 days are mixed.

Egrets? The great-and-snowy coastal birds are still here.

Regrets? Ditto. The darkly haunting specters of life’s wrong turns and roads not taken haven’t gone anywhere.

“I just like getting information out to people,” Altman reflects. “And I definitely think there’s a need. It’s what I tried to do when was with the [Los Cerritos Wetlands] Land Trust. Since leaving that organization, this blog has become my attempt to move that forward.”

Inasmuch as Altman makes her living as an environmental consultant, EgretsNotRegrets.com has proven to be a source of reliable translation of environmental documents and strategies that are all-too-often hysterical and incomprehensible.

Beyond that, EgretsNotRegrets.com has also advanced the social aspects of environmentalism.

“I had an extravaganza!” Altman says, referring to the EgretsNotRegrets.com party and volunteer faire she hosted at The Gaslamp last September 17. “I want to do more of that.

“So much of environmentalism is a battle—we are always in the trenches—and a lot of times it doesn’t seem fun. That’s unfortunate because while you are fighting all these battles you meet a lot of good people. I’d like to provide opportunities to spend time with those people in a non-confrontational setting.”

Altman’s blog began with an open letter to the Grunion Gazette in which she took issue with the parameters of the proposed Second+PCH project, which was then rumored to greatly exceed current zoning restrictions. A year later, the Environmental Impact Report for Second+PCH has just been released, and Altman’s predictions—and complaints—about the project have come true.

“People have a lot of questions about big projects like this—getting to the truth about what’s in the proposals and what’s in the zoning laws and what they can do to participate in the process,” Altman says. “This blog is kind of a way to kill a bunch of birds with one stone.”

That analogy probably isn’t the best one for an environmentalist with a blog named after a bird, but we get her point.

  1. May 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks Dave. What a long strange trip it’s been.

  2. Lisa Rinaldi
    May 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Reliable information–that’s the key. Straight talk. Helpful. Intelligent. To the point. Expertise with environmental documents. Humorous. A surefire formula for your successful blog. I know when I go to Egrets Not Regrets there will be no B.S. Thank you, Heather. And, Happy Birthday.

  3. DWR
    May 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Keep up the good fight Heather! Never surrender

  4. May 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Happy birthday to your brainchild, Heather. The quill is mightier than the sword. You dig deep enough to find everything toxic.

  5. DWR
    May 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to Mother Nature and Mother Earth…

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