Stanford must allow access for endangered species inspection

Environmental groups sought access to Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve during drought

A federal judge has ruled that despite drought conditions -- or perhaps because of them -- Stanford University must allow two environmental groups to inspect fragile endangered species habitat at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. That inspection will place today, Feb. 28, starting at 8 a.m.

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Posted by Matt Stoecker
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Thank you Sue for your ongoing coverage of our creek and the critically important issue of Searsville Dam. While our Beyond Searsville Dam coalition is not a part of this lawsuit, and we are actively engaged in Stanford's Searsville Dam Advisory Group process, it is good to see that many of these issues are being discussed publicly. Unnecessary fish passage barriers, unneeded diversions, and sediment discharges into the creek are all degrading our watershed and quality of life. We continue to work with Stanford and all stakeholders to eliminate and minimize these negative impacts. It is in the best interest of everyone to phase out many of these outdated and century old facilities and replace them with readily available and low impact alternatives; such as free-span bridges, using existing damless diversions and wells, and storing water more efficiently as groundwater and in existing off-stream reservoirs.
We hope that Stanford rises to the occasion and upgrades its water supply system to one that restores our creek and provides them a reliable water future. These goals are compatible!

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Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm

San Francisquito Creek has, for historical reasons, been obstructed. Searsville Dam is the most obvious barrier. It is time to let SF Creek to run free, as long as there are diversion channels to prevent downstream flooding during storm periods. Stanford should provide reservoir potentials, on their upstream lands for flood control. In return, Stanford would get good will, and the use of any stored waters, including pumping. Felt Lake come to mind?

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Posted by Former employee
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2014 at 9:16 am

Stanford does not think that they have to follow any law they don't like, so they don't. Huge fines don't put any dent in their bank accounts, and they have all the best lawyers on retainer. They could care less how long these lawsuits drag on. If they lose, they just appeal, and let that drag on.

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