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With the correct landscaping, this would NEVER happen to you!

With unpredictable weather on the global scale, locals must prepare for whatever nature has in store for us. During a storm in early February, this large non-native Eucalyptus tree fell from the creek bed onto Bancroft Ave in San Leandro. This occurred when school was in session, with children present less than 100 feet away. Luckily no one was injured. Power outages occurred and Bancroft Ave was blocked for traffic for hours.

With this year’s excessive rain, homes & businesses, especially those bordering the San Leandro Creek are in danger of shifting soil and trees becoming uprooted.  To help remedy this fluid situation, an expert speaker, Dr. Ann Riley (retired San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and author) will be coming to San Leandro in March to illustrate the basic “do’s and don’ts” for managing urban streams, and the proper landscaping to support California, with its now very wet soil. Two presentations will be given, Monday, March 20 from 1:00- 2:30 PM at San Leandro City Hall South Offices, and Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 PM at the San Leandro Main Library, Estudillo Room.

The presentations will be followed by a hands-on restoration training that will occur at Root Park on Saturday, March 25. The training will center upon biotechnical erosion control measures, utilizing various soil bioengineering principles, that can be designed and implemented by local volunteers, neighbors, students, stewards, City staff, and many others interested in low-tech measures that mimic nature’s own erosion control solutions.

The Friends of San Leandro Creek is collaborating with the California Urban Streams Partnership (CUSP) and the City of San Leandro to sponsor this afternoon workshop at City Hall, including participants from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and local members of the California Urban Streams partnership.

Please join Dr. Riley and the Friends of San Leandro Creek to learn simple, inexpensive but very effective stream bank stabilization. Materials and tools will be provided for the field work.

Letter updating Seismic upgrades at Lake Chabot Dam

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I am writing with a New Year 2017 update on the progress of the Chabot Dam Seismic Upgrade Project. While the Chabot Dam will be able to withstand major earthquakes, seismic upgrades are important to minimize the amount of rehabilitation that would be required if one occurred.  

EBMUD has completed the cement deep soil mixing work at the toe of the dam. Now, we are working on dam face restoration and removal of the outlet tower. The City of San Leandro Chabot Park off of Estudillo Avenue and portions of the West Shore Trail in Lake Chabot Regional Park will remain closed until construction ends in the summer of this year. 

You may also have noticed that San Leandro Creek has seen increased flows due to releases from Lake Chabot during this rainy winter. EBMUD controls these releases to ensure public safety. We release more water in between storms, when creeks have receded and can absorb excess runoff.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at (510) 287-1631 or ben.glickstein@ebmud.com

Best,
Ben

SPLASH is out!

I hope everyone has received their e-copy of our latest newsletter the 2016 Spring/Summer Splash! It and the whole archive of newsletters are under News & Newsletters at this site. Download and print the latest issue, grab a cool drink and enjoy! Spring summer 2016

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Stan Dodson and FSLC will host a screening of the local movie hit: “Trail Head”

Join us on Tuesday, May 24 at the SL Main Library at 6:30 PM in Conference Room B. We will be serving popcorn and drinks. The filmmaker will have a Q&A period after the viewing.

For more information about “Trail Head” click here: http://oaklandtrails.org/

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