Environment

Post image for League of Women Voters public meeting on SAFER Bay on Jan. 28 focuses on tidal flooding

Almost 6,000 parcels and critical infrastructure (e.g. waste water treatment plants and transportation corridors)  in southern San Mateo County and Palo Alto are vulnerable to tidal flooding, given sea level rise. Also, most cities are considering land use changes that would increase the number of people vulnerable to this type of flooding.

No public agency in this area has an approved strategy to provide protection from tidal flooding. Without protection, businesses, residents and anyone dependant on the services located in these areas will be vulnerable to the negative effects of tidal flooding. Also, stream related flood protection systems could be compromised if they do not tie into a tidal protection system.

The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA) is developing options for tidal flood protection which could lead to a regional strategy to provide tidal flood protection. In addition to cities investing in this effort, Facebook is also investing. The SFCJPA’s project is called “Strategy to Advance Flood Protection, Ecosystems and Restoration” (SAFER Bay).

The League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County and Palo Alto are holding a public informational meeting on SAFER Bay on January 28th at 7:00 PM at the Menlo Park Arrillaga Family Recreation Center- Oak Room, located at 700 Alma Street. The speaker will be Len Materman, executive Director of the SFCJPA. Everyone is welcome.

The Leagues are sponsoring this information meeting because it is important that local residents and businesses understand the current and future risks of tidal flooding and be knowledgeable of the flood protection options being considered.

Photo of Len Materman at the San Mateo bike/pedestrian bridge over San Francisquito Creek by Scott R. Kline

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Next bird walk at Bedwell Bayfront Park is Jan. 10

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Join Friends’ volunteers at our next monthly bird mornings on Jan. 10  from 10:30 am till 12:30 pm at Bedwell Bayfront Park (the end of Marsh Road in Menlo Park). It’s an opportunity to see shorebirds and ducks before they head north again in spring. Meet along the entrance road by the tidal pond to look at ducks […]

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Italian stone pine in Fremont Park gives birth to art & play structure – with new trees to come

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From disaster and death can come the birth of something good (myth of the phoenix). The big Italian stone pine that guarded the eastern side of Fremont Park had to be taken down in September, a disturbing event for many in our community. From the collective brainstorming of residents and city of Menlo Park staff, […]

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Spotted: Fall color in Menlo Park

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Are other residents noticing that Fall in the form of the changing color of the leaves on Menlo Park’s liquid amber trees is early this year? In 20 plus years, we’ve witnessed the peak around Thanksgiving. And certainly not before Halloween. We’re presuming it’s drought related but if anyone has other explanations, we’re opening to […]

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Reported mountain lion sighting in Atherton last weekend

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On Saturday, September 6, a resident in the area of Monte Vista and Linda Vista Avenues in Atheton, reported a mountain lion in her driveway at approximately 9:15 pm. In an incident that has attracted much media attention, a mountain lion attached a boy last weekend in the area near Picchetti in the hills of Cupertino. […]

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Water efficient gardening 101 is topic at Sept. 6 talk at Menlo Park Library

The public is invited to a free informational seminar on drought-tolerant gardening techniques presented by the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, September 6. The seminar’s presenter is Alane O’Rielly Weber, a Sustainable San Mateo County Award Winner, a long-time Master Composter, and owner of Botanical Arts in San Mateo. Weber’s early educational focus on Biology, […]

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Mosquito fogging in industrial areas of northeast Menlo Park scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 2nd

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The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) detected adult mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus (WNV) collected on August 28, 2014, from the 94063 ZIP code area. In an effort to prevent human cases of WNV, the District will conduct a truck-mounted mosquito fogging treatment around the detection site. Weather permitting, the ground […]

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Menlo Park Municipal District Water activates conservation plan

Responding to the current drought, a new California State mandate requires water suppliers to activate their water conservation plans. In compliance with this law, the Menlo Park City Council activated the existing Menlo Park Municipal Water District Conservation plan. This plan will only affect Menlo Park Municipal Water District customers. Please refer to the interactive […]

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West Nile Virus detected in mosquitos in Menlo Park – fogging scheduled for Aug. 11

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The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) has detected West Nile Virus (WNV) in adult mosquitoes collected on August 6, 2014, from two areas of the 94025 zip code in Menlo Park. In response, the District will conduct truck-mounted mosquito fogging treatment around the detection site, in an effort to prevent human cases […]

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Spotted: Sign supporting Drakes Bay Oyster Co in Menlo Park front yard

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Menlo Park resident and physical therapist Robin Tobias spotted this sign supporting Drakes Bay Oyster Co. in west Menlo Park this morning. The oyster farm on Tomales Bay was going to be forced to close today until a group of restaurants filed a lawsuit saying closure would violate the Aquaculture Act and harm businesses. Carolyn […]

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Find out why fog is one of Menlo Park’s best friends at USGS lecture on July 31

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Growing up in Menlo Park, my house faced West toward the hills. My mother would use that vantage point to reliably predict summer heat — or lack thereof. The best summer days, from a comfortable temperature viewpoint, occurred when the fog from the Coast would extend inland, reliably burning off by 11:00 am or so. The […]

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