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Damon Nagami, Senior Attorney, Santa Monica

Damon Nagami

My love of nature started in the Eastern Sierras, especially the scenic drive up U.S. 395 from Los Angeles. The majestic, snow-capped mountains and serene lakes and streams are a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. When we get up toward Mammoth, sometimes I slow down and point out all the places we used to go trout fishing in the summer when I was little.

As director of NRDC’s Southern California Ecosystem Project, I work to protect parkland, open space and wildlife habitat and advocate for sustainable land use planning in southern California. Before joining NRDC in 2008, I practiced environmental law at a Los Angeles firm for five years. I earned my J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and my undergraduate degree in environmental sciences at U.C. Berkeley.

Recent Posts

Planning Ahead For Wolves in California

Posted August 13, 2015 by Damon Nagami

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Last week, wildlife officials reported evidence of a new gray wolf in Siskiyou County--the second documented sighting in California since the wolf known as "OR-7" made his historic foray into the Golden State four years ago. Biologists believe this...continued

Owner of Broken Santa Barbara Oil Pipeline is a Repeat Offender

Posted May 21, 2015 by Damon Nagami

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On Tuesday, an oil pipeline owned and operated by Houston-based Plains All American ruptured and spilled at least 105,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean off of Santa Barbara. The oil slick created by the spill is now reported...continued

Los Angeles Launches #BioDiversifyLA to Protect Region's Rare Biodiversity

Posted April 24, 2015 by Damon Nagami

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(Photo credit: Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, CD-5) How did you celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday? I rang in the 45th anniversary of our planetary celebration in a sunny corner of Los Angeles City Hall's native...continued

Hermosa Beach Votes No on Oil

Posted March 4, 2015 by Damon Nagami

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On Tuesday night, voters in Hermosa Beach resoundingly rejected a project that would drill for oil into the Santa Monica Bay. In a long-awaited special election that drew a record turnout, unofficial results are showing that 78.9 percent of ballots...continued

California Communities Stand Against Big Oil in Local Elections

Posted January 27, 2015 by Damon Nagami

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This guest post by NRDC Legal Fellow Jamie Friedland provides context for our new report with Heal the Bay entitled "Tideland Oil & Gas Drilling in California: Is Santa Monica Bay at Risk?" Big Oil is playing small ball--right in...continued

VIDEOS: How Fracking is Affecting Real Californians' Lives

Posted September 10, 2014 by Damon Nagami

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Fracking and other risky oil extraction techniques are a hot topic around the state, as the industry pushes for expansion from NorCal to SoCal. As more and more Californians express concern over these heavy industrial processes moving into their communities,...continued

Good News for Wolves: California Lists Gray Wolf as Endangered

Posted June 4, 2014 by Damon Nagami

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Earlier today, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to protect gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act. This is terrific news for wolves, as many experts expect populations of this native California species to reenter the state in the...continued

California Senators to Vote on a Fracking Moratorium This Week

Posted May 27, 2014 by Damon Nagami

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This week, the California Senate is expected to vote on whether to impose a moratorium on fracking and acidizing until the state studies the risks and determines whether these heavy industrial extraction processes can—or even should—be allowed to continue. Senators...continued

Energy Officials Downgrade Estimate of Recoverable Shale Oil in Monterey Formation by 96%

Posted May 21, 2014 by Damon Nagami

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Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) has reduced its estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 95.5%, casting serious doubt upon previous estimates of the shale deposits as a “black gold mine.” In...continued

Oil Spill Threatens Los Angeles Neighborhoods and River Revitalization Efforts

Posted May 15, 2014 by Damon Nagami

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Early this morning, an oil pipeline burst in northeast Los Angeles, spewing more than 10,000 gallons of crude 20 feet into the air and blanketing a half-mile area with oil. Thankfully, only a handful of minor injuries were reported, but...continued

California's Lone Wolf Finds Love

Posted May 13, 2014 by Damon Nagami

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   OR7, left, and his lupine lover. Photo Credit: U.S. Dep't of Fish and Wildlife. OR7, California’s first gray wolf to inhabit the state since 1924, may have found a mate, according to images captured by the Oregon Department of...continued

Army Corps Withdraws Permit Application for Riverfront Garbage Dump

Posted April 28, 2014 by Damon Nagami

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Today, the developers trying to build the troubled Gregory Canyon landfill project in northern San Diego County got some unwelcome news when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced its withdrawal of the project’s Clean Water Act permit application. NRDC...continued

Los Angeles Bans Indiscriminate Snares and Traps

Posted April 10, 2014 by Damon Nagami

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Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the use of traps that snare or grip coyotes, bears, foxes and other animals in the city and directing the Department of Animal Services to ensure that other types of traps...continued

Huge Fracking Rally in Sacramento This Weekend

Posted March 12, 2014 by Damon Nagami

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On March 15th, Californians from across the state will descend on the capitol to speak out against the state’s failure to protect residents from the risks of fracking, as oil companies are increasingly looking to ramp up this heavy industrial...continued

Push For a Fracking Moratorium Gains Momentum in Sacramento and Los Angeles

Posted February 24, 2014 by Damon Nagami

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This month, California lawmakers at both the state and local levels are moving forward with efforts to put in place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and other well stimulation activities. As I said in my blog post last...continued

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