I received the following e-mail from Heidi Perryman, Ph.D., President & Founder of Worth A Dam, the organization formed to help the Martinez beavers.
Gary: There are two pieces on the tonight’s agenda for the Martinez city council. Part I discusses pursuit of a grant to implement the recommendations of the beaver subcommittee.
The more alarming Part II is a plan for emergency bank stabilization. This involves the construction of a wall of sheet pile directly through the beavers’ lodge. The city is claiming that damage from the beavers tunneling has created an emergency situation and that the work qualifies for an exemption from CEQA. They are are budgeting half a million dollars for the project.
No data has been shown to the public about why this constitutes an emergency. The work would be hugely impactful on the beavers, (perhaps a final eviction) destroying their home and food, as the intent is to install sheetpile from Marina Vista to Escobar.
The only emergency the city has communicated is their concern of a possible lawsuit initiated by the property owners of that bank. In fact, in all other sections of the creek the city has said creekside landowners are responsible for their own maintenance and repairs.
The plan to meet the needs of a few at the expense of the many (and 8 beavers!) will be discussed at tonight’s city council meeting. At the moment it is still scheduled for 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez, at 7 p.m.
Don’t let the beavers become part of the housing crisis.
Heidi Perryman, Ph.D., President & Founder, Worth A Dam
If you care about what happens to the Martinez beavers, you should be there at 7 p.m. tonight at the Martinez City Council meeting at City Hall, 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez, at 7 p.m. /Gary
Here’s the whole story in Tuesday’s Times:
There’s more on the Worth A Dam Web site:
Check out http://www.martinezbeavers.org