Over the past several days, both the Argus-Courier and the Press Democrat have published articles, an editorial, and the obituary for Bill Kortum (1927-2014). The headline for the PD read, “County’s environmental champion dies at 87.”
Over the past six decades, Bill was instrumental in the fight against the nuclear power plant planned for Bodega Head in the 1950s and ’60s. In 1972, he formed the California Coastal Commission that established the public’s access rights to 1,100 miles of shoreline in 1976. In 1991, he organized the Sonoma County Conservation Action (SCCA) group, as well as helped create the development of growth boundaries for the county’s nine cities. This list of accomplishments could go on. He was honored for his efforts with the designation of the Kortum Trail, which runs from Wright Beach to Goat Rock.
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Lest we forget Bill Kortum – an environmental visionary.