San Diego Water Board Response to Chatham recent Monitoring Report

IMPORTANT. Here is yesterday’s response from the Regional Water Board to DTSC about the recent submittal on Chatham. Water Board July 10 2014 Response Letter  There is some important information in here that supports several of the comments made in our Escondido Neighbors United comment letter ENU Comment Letter on July 11, 2014 submittal.

Among many important comments, the Water Board recommends and affirms that:

  • Contamination trends are increasing in downgradient wells;
  • Site related constituents continue to discharge to Felicita Creek above water quality objectives;
  • TCE is not the only site contaminant of concern and others should be plotted;
  • Well owners with detected contamination must be notified quickly;
  • DTSC should require more investigation and evaluate actions to stop the discharge into Felicita Creek;
  • Discharges to the Creek are causing direct human and ecological exposure to site related constituents;
  • Additional wells, including near the school, should be sampled;
  • decades to centuries was not the agreed to timeframe for the remedy to work; 
  • Process of natural attenuation is not yet proved; and,
  • The Chatham PRP Group continues to be in violation of discharge prohibitions of the Basin Plan.

PLEASE REVIEW if you are interested in this site!  We remain very grateful to the Water Board’s involvement in this issue and for continuing to engage and stand up for water quality in our region!
A public meeting is expected SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.  We will share more information when we receive it.

Action Alert Please Attend Public Meeting on Oak Creek Housing Development Sept 22 6 pm

Here is an action alert about the September 22 6 pm Public Meeting on the DEIR for Oak Creek. We hope you will attend.  Please come and share your questions and views.  We appreciate the city providing this opportunity.

Escondido Neighbors United

Action Alert

Public Meeting
Oak Creek Housing Development and Annexation
Monday, September 22, 2014
6:00 pm
Escondido City Council Chambers
Escondido will hold a public meeting on the findings and comments of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for Oak Creek.  Oak Creek is a proposal by Santa-Monica developers to build 65 homes in a gated community on existing open space and farmland adjacent to Felicita Park on the ‘duck pond’ property in a rural area.  It will annex over 40-acres to the city.
Escondido Neighbors United (ENU) has the following objections to the project.
·         New homes should not be built on contaminated or unhealthful areas for future residents.
·         New homes should not be built or permitted while area is in a major drought.
·         Project is too dense for the rural character of the area.
·         The City should not annex contaminated land.
·         Impacts to the mature native trees, creek, and habitat should be avoided.
·         Loss of over 25 acres of quality farmland.
·         New development should require state-of-the-art energy efficiency, solar, and low-impact design features to reduce stormwater pollution.
·         Flooding and traffic increases are underestimated in the DEIR.
We OPPOSE Oak Creek as proposed. 
ENU supports cleanup of the site and
use for a significant expansion of Felicita Park.
Comments are due on Sept 29, 2014to Mr. Bill Martin, Principal Planner, City of Escondido, Planning Division, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025-2798,Fax 760-839-4313   bmartin@escondido.org

Please join us.  Visit our Website for more information www.escondidoneighbors.org

County Upgrades Felicita Park, ENU repeats call for Creek Cleanup

We all know that Felicita Park is a jewel in the North County.  The County agrees and celebrated significant upgrades to is for wedding and playground use in an event yesterday.  This video, featuring our own Kate Orf, tells about the upgrades. County Park Upgrade video  This commitment of the County to Felicita Park is ever more reason why the contamination issues in Felicita Creek need to be addressed and soon.  Felicita Park, and its users, deserve a safe and clean place to enjoy nature.  We continue our request for Felicita Park to be designated as a high-priority water body in the County and City’s Water Quality Improvement Plan.   This is a problem we can fix and we should take action now.

Public Meeting announced on Oak Creek Draft Environmental Impact Report Sept. 22

The City has tentatively planned a public meeting for Monday evening, September 22 in the Council Chambers.  Everyone is urged to attend and put your comments on the record.
Please tell your friends and neighbors!!!!
Here is the text of the City Manager’s report from August 27, 2014
Oak Creek (NUW) – The public review period for the Draft EIR is underway, with comments due on 9/29/14. The document is posted on the City’s website at the following link  http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Planning/oakcreek/CD/INDEX_-_Report_Navigatoin.pdf 
In response to requests from community members, a neighborhood meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Monday evening, 9/22/14, in the City Council Chambers to discuss the project and the findings of the Draft EIR.