Exciting news!!! We have the chance to save local endangered wildlife. There is a hearing before the full San Francisco Board of Supervisors on 3/25 and we need EVERYONE to join us at City Hall to urge the Supervisors to support the appeal and order a full Environmental Impact Report for the Sharp Park Pumphouse Project.
This is a must attend event!!! Sharp Park's threatened and endangered wildlife needs each and every Wildlife Enthusiast to give public comment in support of the Sharp Park Pumphouse Appeal.
You do not need to be a San Francisco resident to give public comment. Your comment can be short. In fact, comments are usually limited to 2 or 3 minutes. We do need you to tell the supervisors you want a see a full Environmental Impact Report for the Sharp Park Pumphouse Project.
The Sharp Park Pumphouse Project proposes to dredge sediment and aquatic vegetation from the Laguna Salada wetland complex so water flows more rapidly to the pumphouse, allowing the pumphouse to drain the wetland complex at a faster rate.
Here are some talking points to include in your comment to the Board of Supervisors on March 25:
•The Rec and Park Department's (RPD) project proposes an invasive construction project in the most biologically important part of RPD's property.
• U.S. Fish and Wildlife reviewed RPD's mitigation proposal and found that it includes many provisions that it cannot and will not be able to conduct.
• The mitigation proposed to remediate acids the project will release into the water column have never been reviewed or approved by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and they have stated that they have no capacity to conduct these extensive mitigation measures.
• Experts have demonstrated that an alternative is available that would not require the intensive construction project, and therefore not require this extensive mitigation.
• This alternative will meet all project objectives (eliminating the aquatic vegetation) and it will not increase flood risks for the golf course at all (because it will not affect winter rainy season water levels).
• This alternative is also sustainable: if water levels are allowed to rise, they will prevent the vegetation from growing back permanently.
• RPD staff has refused to analyze this alternative, and has not presented it to the Commission or this Board for consideration.
• The Board deserves to at least have this less harmful alternative reviewed before it approves such a controversial project in RPD's most ecologically important asset.
• The Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration did not consider any alternatives to the Pumphouse Project; a full EIR is needed to adequately consider environmentally superior alternatives.
• The Pumphouse Project will result in expanding pumping operations and an increased water flow at Sharp Park.
• Experts have stated that even a mitigated Pumphouse Project will have significant effects on the local California Red-legged Frog and San Francisco Garter Snake populations.
• Experts have stated that the Pumphouse Project will have significant environmental effects on the water quality and hydrology at Sharp Park.
• The overgrowth of vegetation in the wetland that the Pumphouse Project proposes to remove was itself caused by mismanagement of the wetland.
• Sharp Park is suffering from a piecemeal approach to planning.
• The Pumphouse Project is inconsistent with several laws and plans:
o California Coastal Act
o 1995 and 2006 Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Plans
o San Francisco Bay Basin Water Control Plan
o California Red-Legged Frog Recovery Plan
• Unless a full Environmental Impact Report is ordered by the Board of Supervisors, these environmental effects will not be considered, and environmentally superior alternatives will be ignored.
• When the Sharp Park pump is used as planned it drains so much water that federally protected California Red-legged Frog egg masses are exposed and left to die. This pumping threatens future generation of frogs! The Sharp Park Pumphouse Project must undergo a thorough environmental review.
Please join us at San Francisco City Hall to call for a full Environmental Impact Report of the Sharp Park Pumphouse Project.