Author Archives: Susan Levenson

Letter updating Seismic upgrades at Lake Chabot Dam

004 003Greetings,

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


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


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:


FSLC Founder T.W. “Rick” Richards Passes

FSLC is deeply saddened by the passing of our Founder and 15 + year Board President, T. W. “Rick” Richards.

In the early 1990s, Rick Richards and Dennis Smith shared a vision to bring interest in the San Leandro Creek back to the community, thus inspiring them to form the group, Friends of San Leandro Creek. Rick and his wife Pam were instrumental in bringing the walkway to the creek at Root Park in 1996 and the mural, “Nature’s Hidden Treasure” in 1998. Many other projects and community events were brought to fruition through the foresight of Mr. Richards. Mr. T. W. “Rick” Richards was President of the FSLC Board from 1994 until 2010.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Richards Family.