Public Meeting on Sunol Water Recapture Project - July 9
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will hold a public information and scoping meeting on the proposed Alameda Creek Recapture Project on Thursday, July 9 at the Sunol Glen School, 11601 Main Street in Sunol, starting at 5:30 pm.
From 5:30 to 6:30 pm the SFPUC will provide an informational open house. Come to learn more about the proposed project from team members. At 6:30 pm the Planning Department will hold a public scoping meeting at the same location.
The proposed Alameda Creek Recapture Project would recapture water that infiltrates into a quarry pit in the Sunol Valley, in an amount equivalent to future water releases from Calaveras Reservoir and flows bypassed around the Alameda Creek Diversion Dam for steelhead trout restoration. The proposal to pump water from the quarry pit replaces a proposal to construct a dam or filter gallery in Alameda Creek to recapture the water.
The notice of preparation of an environmental impact report and a description of the project is here.
Sunol Watershed Center Meeting - July 22
The SFPUC will share some updates regarding the planned Sunol Watershed
Center and the Sunol Yard renovations, on Wednesday, July 22, at 10 am.
Meet at the Sunol Yard Conference Room, 505 Paloma Way in Sunol, adjacent
to the water temple. For more info contact Betsy Rhodes of the SFPUC at
DamNation Film Screening in Niles: One Night Only! - July 24
Join the Alameda Creek Alliance for a special screening of Damnation, the award-winning documentary film about dam removal, on Friday, July 24, from 7-9 PM at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard in Fremont.
Get your tickets today to view this powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.
Watch the trailer for Damnation
Help us publicize this event - download a flyer for posting
Tickets are only $5 - buy your film tickets here:
The screening is a benefit for the Alameda Creek Alliance.
The 87-minute film will be followed by a brief discussion of the progress on dam removal and fish passage projects in the Alameda Creek watershed and San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto.
Special guest: Gordon Becker, Senior Scientist at the Center for Ecosystem
Management and Restoration, will speak on the topic of Stanford University's
Searsville Dam. Gordon is expert for the plaintiff in an Endangered Species
Act lawsuit alleging harm to steelhead and other species from the dam and
its operations. He will offer his observations on Stanford's track record
regarding regulatory compliance and their proposed solutions to the problems
presented by the dam and diversion.
Alameda Creek Alliance Membership Dinner - October 17
Save the date for our annual membership dinner, to be held on Saturday,
October 17 at Chouinard
Winery along Stonybrook Creek, in Niles Canyon. More details soon.