Urge Army Corps to DENY the Gregory Canyon Dump: Comments due October 24, 2015

It is important to weigh in personally against this unnecessary, damaging project.  Here are some excellent points to raise.  A BIG thanks to our friends at Environmental Health Coalition for this important and well researched information.

Please write your own letter or email by Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ms. Shanti Abichandani Santulli
Department of the Army
Los Angeles District, US Army Corps of Engineers
5900 La Place Court, Suite 100
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Mark your letter for Project SPL-2010-00354-SAS Announcement here
Points you can make:
  • Overall, there is no public interest or credible reason this landfill should be permitted.  It is not needed, threatens precious waterways, and destroys culturally important areas.
  • Since the project was started, the region’s need for reliable sources of clean drinking water has become ever more urgent and many rely on the San Luis Rey for water.  
  • New landfill capacity has been developed, including the expansion of Sycamore Canyon landfill – a project listed in the DEIR as an environmentally less-damaging alternative to Gregory Canyon. 
  • Cities in the region are actively pursuing zero waste policies and technologies.  There is no solid waste crisis either now or in the next several decades.  
  • However, there IS a continuing crisis of adaptation to a hotter, drier climate and a need to preserve existing water supplies. 
  • It has become ever more apparent that a landfill in Gregory Canyon, on the banks of the San Luis Rey River, is not needed, is not in the public interest, and constitutes a threat to the waters of the United States. 

Changes Since 2013: More Landfill Space, Less Water
Over the past several years, trends in the San Diego region have continued in the direction of  expanded landfill capacity, reduced trash
volumes, and deeper drought.  There is no need for the Gregory Canyon Landfill.
Landfill Capacity Now
More Than Adequate
Miramar Landfill. Miramar Landfill capacity now
extends through 2030, according to City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, as
quoted in a San Diego Union-Tribune
article of August 5, 2015.[1]  The article states that the City’s zero waste
policy, adopted in July of 2015, will divert 332,000 tons of trash each year by
2020, and has a goal of achieving zero waste by 2040. Additionally, a new trash
compaction method will increase capacity by 45%. 
Sycamore Landfill. Sycamore Landfill obtained a new
permit in May 2015, and now has an estimated closing date of 2042. This landfill
expansion was recommended as a less damaging alternative to Gregory Canyon in
EPA’s comments on the DEIS in 2013, and the expansion has now occurred.
San Diego Region. The San Diego region now has
capacity of 125 million tons, according to a July 19, 2015 Voice of San Diego commentary that cites CalRecycle as its
information source.[2]  The six-county region that includes San Diego
County has over a billion tons of landfill capacity, according to the same
The region has sufficient landfill capacity for
many more years, and has ample time to implement newer alternatives, including
development of new markets for recycled and composted materials; continuing
reductions in construction and food wastes; phasing in of bans on plastic
shopping bags and excessive packaging materials; and continuing implementation
of newer trash compaction technologies.  
Drought and Water Supply
  •  The dire drought situation and climate change means the value of the San
    Luis Rey River as a precious local source of drinking water is critical. 
  • Currently, the river’s watershed supplies approximately 8% of the
    drinking water for the entire city of Oceanside. [3] 
  • Climate scientists predict
    that California will experience more of its precipitation in the form of rain
    rather than snowfall, as the climate warms. This means that less of the
    region’s water can be obtained from melting Sierra snow, which feeds the
    Bay-Delta, source of 30% percent of the region’s water. Consequently, the
    portion of the region’s water supply that will be supplied by local sources is
    expected to increase: according to the San Diego County Water Authority, 5,000
    acre feet of water is coming from local sources in 2015, but this figure is
    expected to rise to 48,000 acre feet by 2020.[4]
  • Given this long-term climate picture, the USACE has a duty to protect this river and deny this landfill. 

Urge USACE to deny this project
a permit.

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