Press Release # 350

Subj: OOG: San Diego Creek Emergency Dredging, Corrected Email Address
Date: 12/12/2003 8:38:33 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Jon V3
To: Jon V3
Dear OOG, et al.

Thanks for several people already sending your emails to the Board of Supervisors. As you may have found out, one of the supervisor's emails has changed. The correct email for the third district supervisor, Bill Campbell, is: Bill.Campbell@ocgov.com Therefore I have corrected the list below. Please send another copy of your email to Bill Campbell. Thanks. Jan

Email Addresses:

Chris.Norby@ocgov.com,
Thomas.Wilson@ocgov.com,
Charles.Smith@ocgov.com,
District.Two@ocgov.com,
Bill.Campbell@ocgov.com

 

Subject: Emergency Dredging of San Diego Creek

Dear Chair Wilson and Board of Supervisors:

I am writing to ask that you oppose the "emergency" dredging of San Diego Creek at your Board meeting next Tuesday, December 16.

This action should not be an emergency and should go through proper channels including an environmental assessment, review and approval by agencies such as the State Department of Fish and Game, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Coastal Commission, etc, and mitigation requirements.

None of this will happen with an emergency declaration, with work to begin within two days of your decision.

The San Diego Creek contains riparian habitat including willow trees and mulefat, which is habitat for the endangered species Least Bell's Vireo, and could contain other threatened or endangered species of amphibians, turtles, birds and other animals and plants. The emergency dredging plan calls for removing most, if not all, of 20 acres of vegetation in a 2.5 mile stretch of the creek. The silt released from the dredging will increase the siltation of the Upper Newport Bay, along with toxics within the silt.

The riparian habitat has been present for many years with no adverse impacts from flooding. The coming winter rain is projected to be 80% to 100% of normal. There seems to be no more reason to call this an emergency than last year, or the year before, etc. The only difference has been an engineering calculation made last summer that has created this emergency situation.

I request that you require more study and confirmation from the various agencies before you make this important decision that may set a precedent to do emergency work with little to no environmental review, public notice and agency review, or mitigation.

In the meantime, I would suggest you recommend IRWD to increase sewage diversion capability at the Michelson Reclamation Plant in case of flooding, so that raw sewage cannot be released into Upper Newport Bay in any type of flood. This should have happened long ago and should be in place at the current time. There is no excuse for IRWD not having sewage diversion capabilities to prevent sewage from flowing into the bay under any storm and flooding scenario.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

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