Stormwater GOLD STAR to Felicita Vida in the Felicita Creek Watershed

After the rains, we had a chance to visit the Felicita Vida Assisted Living facility on Felicita Road. Take a look at the fantastic and fully functional storm water measures or Best Management Practices that were implemented there. It was also fun to see multiple egrets walking and hunting in the ponds too! A great example of storm water measures incorporated into new development and working well to reduce erosion in the creek and protect water quality.  It appeared that these infiltration basins were well-maintained and working beautifully. Bottom-line, stormwater protections WORK!!!  Thank you and our first Stormwater GOLD STAR to Felicita Vida!

Time to get Dirty! Join the Watershed Weeders and Seeders, Tuesdays, 9:00 am, Felicita Park

Escondido Neighbors United would like to invite interested persons of all ages to come and help us care of our beautiful Felicita Park!  We will be ‘weeding and seeding’ every Tuesday starting at 9:00 am and will work for a couple hours.  Right now, we need to remove invasive plants from our Park’s natural areas.  That means tackling the MUSTARD before it gets out of hand to start with!

We have the wonderful support of our County Park staff and we are very grateful for their help and care they offer to the Park as well.

Our next date will be January 31 at 9:00 am.  Meet County Volunteer Doreen Reagle at the ranger station. Bring your own garden gloves, a bucket and shovel if you have one, and clothes that you are OK getting a little dirty.  If you don’t have a pass, parking will cost $3.

In addition to weeding, we may be planting some native trees and plants to help restore the native landscape of our riparian park.

We don’t plan to work very hard and only for a couple hours so come and join us!  The Park is a precious gift so we want to care for it!

We hope to meet every Tuesday am so come by whenever you have time.  Watch this blog for any changes to the schedule.

Watershed Weeders and Seeders in Action. Weeders and Seeders in Action and The ‘fruits’ of our Labor

See you on the Trail!

More progress on Chatham: Another treatment well is installed

We are happy to report that the ‘Fleet’ well is receiving its treatment system under the Chatham remediation efforts!  This well, located adjacent to Felicita road and south of the Park, has been tested for contamination for several years and found to exceed cleanup levels significantly (2-3 times the cleanup level).   This has been a long time in coming and, once finally in operation, will ensure that water from that well will remove contaminants before the water is used.  This well has been on an increasing trajectory for contamination results for several years (Table 3, H&A, 2015) and has been of concern as it is a downstream ‘toe’ of the TCE/PCE contamination plumes.   Depth of the wells is relevant.  As a water table well (shallow), the Fleet well contamination is all the more significant and of concern.

We are glad to see that this well is finally getting a treatment system.  We will continue to monitor the situation with the downstream VOCs and 1, 4-dioxane.

Community members speak out at SDGE hearing to raise rates to refund losses from 2007 wildlife

Several local community residents testified at the recent California Publice Utilities Hearing on SDGEs application to make ratepayers pay for their corporate losses from the 2007 fires–started by SDGE.   SDUT Emotions Raw over SDGE request to PUC

Please read this article and file your own comment to the CPUC on this issue.  The info on how to comment is here SDUT Lynch OpEd

Demand that SDGE withdraw this application and let our community try to heal over the tragedy of these fires.

DTSC releases Community Update on Chatham Barrel Yard contamination

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has issued a year-end update on the contamination in the ground water coming released from the Chatham Barrel Yard in SW Escondido.  Please read it here  DTSC Community Update

ENU has been actively and diligently working on this site and support the soil vapor testing near some homes.  We are anxious to see the results.  It seems significant that one home will undergo follow-up indoor testing, but we haven’t see the raw data so we don’t know.  We are also curious how ‘low’ the levels of PCE are found in other sampling sites.  ENU will continue to look into this issue more to see if remediation needs to be conducted in these areas.

We are glad to hear that there will be a public meeting to discuss the Feasibility Study for stopping the flow of contaminants into Felicita Creek in the Park.  We will be sure to notify everyone of that meeting.

Stay Informed.  If you are interested in this site and issue, please sign up for updates at Sign up for Chatham Email Updates

The top priority of Escondido Neighbors United in 2017 is to ensure that contamination entering the creek and soil vapors near homes is eliminated.

Please join us if you, too, support this goal.

Some Sweet Year-End News: Owls and Kids

A touching and important story appeared in the Los Angeles Times today.  Worth your time to read.
Los Angeles Times Story about owl and classroom

It is also an important reminder how connected we are with nature, or can be when we have the opportunity to fall in love with nature and the Earth.  Kids just love animals.  We are so touched to read at the end how the owl makes that young boy, who has so many difficulties in his life, “very happy”.  We are committed to keeping those animals that make him so happy part of our world.

We have our own local and very threatened Burrowing Owl populations that the Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Coalition will be working very hard to protect in 2017.  Escondido Neighbors United is a member of the coalition and we would love any help and support anyone would like to offer. (Just a reminder that you can offer a tax-deductible donation here.  Info for joining ENU )

We will share soon about our activities for 2017 but wanted to be sure everyone had a chance to enjoy this story.

Happy New Year!
From all of us at Escondido Neighbors United