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Walk around Aquatic Park; information on Cify of Berkeley projects

Walk around Aquatic Park with Mark Liolios (EGRET) and Toni Mester (CESP)

Saturday September 22 – 10 AM-12:30 PM

  • 10 AM: Meet at the Waterside CafĂ©, 84 Bolivar Drive outside seating only, introductions
  • 10:15: walk clockwise around the Park
  • 12:30: return to Touchdown Plaza

The walk is 2 miles on paved trail, suitable for wheelchairs, skateboards, and bikes with a few off-road spots that are not wheel friendly.

Appropriate dress in layers, sun hat. walking shoes and water bottle.

We will provide information relevant to 3 upcoming public processes:

  • Proposed landmarking of certain structures
  • Aquatic Park Improvement Program hydrology project
  • Zoning of adjacent parcels on Bolivar Drive

For more information call Toni at 510-848-8234

Update on wasteful and potential harmful dredging, July 2008

The City of Berkeley is requesting a “Negative Declaration” of environmental impact of a major dredging project. Read details here.

Help stop flooding and habitat damage to Aquatic Park

The City of Berkeley plans to use $2 million in Clean Water Bond money from the State Coastal Conservancy to open discharge outlets from the City’s primary storm drains into the tidal bay ponds of Aquatic Park. Discharge of contaminated storm water into the enclosed ponds has been prohibited by the State since 1971, but the City hopes to overturn that restriction and replace it with a permit allowing such toxic discharges in perpetuity. The use of high-pressure pumps can increase the capacity of the City’s drains and avoid violations of the Water Board’s prohibition. Improving circulation within the lagoon system must begin with regular maintenance of the existing culverts, the option selected by Council in 1994 when staff first proposed the project in an earlier version. Additional water circulation can be safely engineered with a one-way flow out of the lagoons, thus prohibiting the introductions of toxic storm runoff. Such one-way outbound options have been recommended for consideration by the State Water Board regulator in his project analysis, but they have not yet been modeled.

More information and how you can help.