Town Square

Post a New Topic

Stanford must allow access for endangered species inspection

Original post made on Feb 28, 2014

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.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 28, 2014, 10:49 AM

Comments (3)

 +   Like this comment
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 It is in the best interest of everyone to phase out many of these outdated and century old facilities and replace them with readily available and low impact alternatives; such as free-span bridges, using existing damless diversions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!


 +   Like this comment
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?


 +   Like this comment
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.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Grab a Bowl of Heaven soon in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 2,570 views

Quick Check List for UC Applications
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 1,785 views

Don't fund the rape culture at my alma mater
By Jessica T | 19 comments | 1,402 views

Campaign Endorsements: Behind the Curtain
By Douglas Moran | 10 comments | 999 views

Mothers, daughters, books, and boxes
By Sally Torbey | 4 comments | 644 views