In 1984, Alameda County approved Oliver de Silva, Inc.’s plans to build a hard rock quarry at Apperson Ridge, east of Sunol Valley. Twenty years later, de Silva has yet to begin construction. Now, though the company denies having a specific schedule, Jeff Miller of the Alameda Creek Alliance (ACA) reports that local officials expect de Silva to begin grading for roads as early as this spring. The county issued the company all the necessary permits in 1984, but the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board is now seeking additional documentation regarding the likely environmental impacts of the project, including impairment of creek crossings, destruction of wildlife habitat, and changes in stormwater flows. Miller is concerned that without proper oversight from the water board and other agencies, road-building and mining will harm the nearby Sunol Regional Wilderness Area and the San Antonio Reservoir. Of particular concern are the tule elk in the reservoir area and threatened species such as the California red-legged frog and Alameda whipsnake. The ACA will hold public meetings on the issue this spring, and the organization has also planned hikes to Maguire Peaks in Sunol to view the quarry site and discuss potential impacts of the project. For more information, including specific meeting dates, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.alamedacreek.org.
From Bay Nature magazineApr-Jun 2004 Issue
Most Popular on the Web
- Richardson Bay Sea Otter, First in San Francisco Bay Since 2011, Dies
- What Could You Do With 13 Acres of Brand-New Parkland In San Francisco’s Presidio?
- Ask The Naturalist: Why Do Honeybees Clean Themselves?
- Ride on the Wild Side: Exploring the East Bay Parks by Mountain Bike
- On a Now-Protected Ranch Above Tomales Bay, a Chance to ‘Give the Land What It Deserves’
- Killer Plant Pathogen Is Widespread at SFPUC’s Alameda County and Peninsula Restoration Sites
July 9 @ 6:15 pm - August 27 @ 7:15 pm
July 14 @ 10:00 am - August 23 @ 4:00 pm
August 2 @ 5:00 am - 7:00 am
August 2 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm