Today it looks like a placid pond, but 50 years ago the deep hole at the base of Bodega Head was the focus of a battle that helped galvanize modern environmentalism.
The crucial moment in the fight against the nuclear facility came when noted seismologist, Pierre St. Amand was able to visit the site and report back to the US Department of the Interior. Doris Sloan clearly remembers the day she escorted St. Amand to that pivotal visit.
It was Sierra Club president David Brower who called David Pesonen’s attention to the proposed power plant. But after Pesonen spoke out against it at a meeting of the Public Utilities Commission, he recalls, he was called on the carpet before his boss.
Pesonen went on the get his law degree, and was later hired by the Sierra Club to fight other nuclear facilities farther north on the California coast.
The Exhibit at the Sonoma County Museum is titled “The Battle for Bodega Bay and the Birth of the Environmental Movement." It opened over the weekend, and will remain up through February 9th.