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The bottom, at several points in San Diego Bay, is contaminated (heavy metals, industrial leavings, et). This long-awaited cleanup was supposed to begin this month. However, at a recent community meeting we were told the cleanup is on hold, mainly because the City of San Diego has refused to sign on to a plan which has been approved by nearly every other involved party.
WE NEED YOU TO CONTACT YOUR CITY COUNCIL-PERSON. (See below.)
The issue and the history:
San Diego Bay was for many decades a dumping site for heavy metals and other toxic materials from shipyards, the Navy, the City of San Diego and SDGE. On March 14, 2012, the San Diego Water Board ordered multiple entities to clean 21 acres of contaminated sediment along the San Diego Bay by adopting a Cleanup and Abatement Order. The following entities were named in the Cleanup Order: BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, Campbell Industries, the City of San Diego, the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E), the San Diego Unified Port District and the United States Navy.
Five years of mediation have resulted in a remedial action plan onto which most of the concerned parties have signed and agreed to fund, including BAE and NASSCO. However, after all of this hard work, and despite all the mediation, the City of San Diego has refused to sign onto the plan.
From the SD Clean Bay website http://www.sdcleanbay.com/ :
“Starting September 2013, the San Diego Bay Environmental Restoration Trust will begin a three year construction project removing sediment from the area and improving the quality of San Diego Bay. Regarding the south site, some of the responsible parties have committed to funding its share of future remediation costs, while others have refused to provide the necessary funding. Until all of the named dischargers in the south site commit to implementing the cleanup, it may not proceed on schedule.”
If the City of San Diego continues to refuse to participate, what will happen will be more litigation, which may end up costing more than participation – and may result in a legal ruling requiring participation anyway. Thus the taxpayers may well end up paying pay twice for the same result. Meanwhile, this much-needed cleanup will be delayed by several years.
What is needed right now is public pressure on City of San Diego Councilmembers. If you’re a city resident (and even if you’re not) and you care about diving in healthy local waters; if you eat fish, photograph fish or simply watch fish and want our bay to be a healthy nursery for those same fish; if you care about the many seabirds and marine mammals who forage for fish and crustaceans in the Bay; then please take a few minutes and email all of the City Councilmembers and the Acting Mayor. Tell them it’s time for them to stop stalling. The City of San Diego needs to sign onto - and help fund - the San Diego Bay Cleanup Action Plan.
Here's a list of San Diego City Council members (if you’re a City resident and don’t know your Councilmember, go to http://www.sandiego.gov/citycouncil/ and enter your zip code)
If you want to call or snail-mail, see the document "SD City Council contact info" in Power Scuba's Files section under "More".)
My question was only half-way rhetorical: Paolo, Derek, Mark, Linalyn, Travis, Michael, and HKS: Why did you take the time to RSVP "No" to this event? I can understand if you simply ignored the page. People only have so much time in the day for social media. We get that. But you all went the extra step... which leads us to ask the question, "Is there an angle here we're not seeing?". I'd really like to know. Not singling you out for disparagement. Just wanna find out what's on your mind regarding this important issue.
0 · 5 days ago
Here's the very latest info from the San Diego Clean Bay Project. Sounds like it's still a good idea to let our City Councilmembers and Acting Mayor Gloria know that we support the Bay Cleanup:
"Thank you for inquiry regarding the Bay Cleanup.
Cleanup began in late September at the southern portion of the shipyards (in front of NASSCO) in Barrio Logan. While the San Diego city council directed the city attorney to pay up to $6.4M in remediation costs, it was under a full reservation of rights and the City continues its aggressive litigation posture with the other parties. Judge Skomal issued a "stay" on all formal discovery for parties that have reached settlement, temporarily halting the city's request for additional litigation against parties that are settling and cooperating with cleanup. The Court's decision recognized the extensive efforts of some parties to resolve their disputes, and was instrumental in NASSCO moving forward with cleanup of San Diego Bay.
1 · December 5
Folks, I just noticed we have over 2000 members! So I want to see at least 500 of you signed up here and peppering our City Councilmembers with emails. (Even if you don't live in San Diego, send emails anyway. It's all the same ocean no matter which city you live in!)
This may not be as emotionally compelling as shark fins, but it's very important: A nice healthy bay = more nice healthy marine life in OUR ocean.
(And yes, I emailed all the San Diego City Council members plus Acting Mayor Todd Gloria.)
2 · October 8
This just in from the Bay Cleanup folks:
Thank you for your contacting us. The following is in response to your inquiry:
"We understand that the City has chosen to litigate this matter rather than settle it and implement the remedy. Its lawyers have already launched discovery against the other parties. We encourage you to reach out to your councilmember and urge them to convince the City Attorney to stop the fighting. Remediate, don’t litigate.
Please check visit our website at www.sdcleanbay.com regularly for updates. Additionally, if you have any additional questions about the project, please feel free to continue to direct them to our project hotline at [masked] or email us at [masked]."
So - write those councilmembers now!
1 · September 24
Ardilla Del Mar
Looking for fun people to dive with.
Hello. I just moved to Carlsbad and would love to meet new friends and do some diving.
i love Point Loma , have my own boat, and am a photographer, not a hunter . sddiverdude
Hi! I'm a mad scientist who loves diving. :)
At lest Divers have something to talk about...
Native SoCal, loggin dives and planning more.
returning member... it's been a while.
Oh, its on.