MROSD & SFPUC CEQA REVIEW
January 21, 2002
To: Joseph Naras, Watershed Resource Manager, SFPUC
Arthur B. Jensen, General Manager, Bay Area Water Users Association
From: Oscar Braun, Executive Director, Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation C.W. Posse
Re :January 22, 2002 SFPUC meeting Agenda item #11, discussion and possible action related to (Guided, Multi-Modal Access) Fifield/Cahill Ridge Trail. (Naras) Staff Recommendation: Adopt Alternative E for the proposed Fifield/Cahill Ridge Trail on the San Francisco Peninsula Watershed , including the required Findings and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program with respect to the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Fifield/Cahill Ridge Trail Project.
Dear Mr. Naras,
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation, we are formally requesting that the SFPUC postpone for at least 90 days their decision to adopt a preferred public access trail alternative (agenda item #11) through the SF Peninsula Watershed lands via the Fifield/Cahill ridge route for the following reasons:
CEQA REQUIRES A ``NO PROJECT & OFF-SITE ALTERNATIVES
1994 SF Watershed Management Plan Public Opinion Survey Report
California State Auditor Report on SFPUC February 2000
The California State Auditor has concluded in their February 2000 report `` the commission has been slow to assess and upgrade its water delivery system to enable it to survive catastrophic events such as earthquakes, fires, or floods. The commission has also been slow to estimate the amount of water it will need to meet demand in the future and to seek additional sources of water. As a result, the nearly 2.4 million customers in the City and County of San Francisco, and in Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties who rely on the commission for their drinking water are at greater risk of disruptions and water shortages in the event of a catastrophe or a drought." The State Auditor Report did not declare that the SFPUC has been slow to provide ``recreational" opportunities to the BAWUA or the 29 communities that are dependent on the SFPUC watershed for their clean and safe water. The Mid-Peninsula Open Space District, the Peninsula Open Space Trust, GGRNA, State and San Mateo County Parks & Recreation Departments provide reasonable and feasible public recreational trails alternative access that are adjoining the SFPUC watershed. CEQA requires the SFPUC to consider all OFF-Site alternatives that can fulfill the basic objectives of the Bay Area Trails Network.
September 11, 2001
Lastly, in light of the events of September 11, 2001, the Bay Area's drinking water supply is at greater risk now more than ever: From disruptions and shortages in the event of a wildland/urban interface (WUI) area wildfires, drought or arson/chemical/biological terrorist attack. The SFPUC and all Bay Area community elected officials should take immediate steps to reduce the risk of a catastrophic outage caused by a wildfire for more than 2.5 million regional water system users. For these reasons, the Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation respectfully request a continuance of agenda item #11 of at least 90 days.