The city of Martinez approved all resolutions Wednesday night, including the exemption of SEQA. Bids for the creek work open at 11 a.m. today.
The city responded to comments for citizen inclusion in the process with an offer to set up an oversight committee including Worth A Dam, but then discussed it with the attorney and city engineer, who advised that any oversight body could not make decisions, slow any decisions, or influence them in any way. I declined to participate under those conditions.
Supporters of the Martinez beavers were in tears at the meeting’s end, including myself.
Heidi Perryman, Ph.D., President & Founder, Worth A Dam
In other words, the city invited beaver lovers to sit on an oversight committee … that had no oversight. That kind of says what this is all about, doesn’t it?
The city now plans to charge ahead on their “emergency bank stabilization,” causing a MAJOR impact on the beavers’ environment and their home … and of course on the beavers themselves.
I guess we’re going to find out how tough those little guys are, whether we (or they) like it or not.
All this disruption is taking place at the worst possible time for the beavers … with winter just around the corner.
We all live in a “suburban/urban wilderness” that includes the streets of our towns and cities, the creeks that meander around and through the spaces where we live, and our own individual backyards.
These wild creatures live around us — a lot closer than we think. We need to learn how to get along with and live together with our wild neighbors … and that also means getting along with and living and working with our human neighbors — with each other.
We need to toss all this distrust, and misinformation, and fighting out the window and work together to help preserve the wild creatures that live around us. Otherwise there isn’t going to be any wildlife.
As John Muir once said, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
It didn’t have to be this way. This all could have been resolved in a way that would have taken care of concerns about the creek bank stabilization AND the welfare of the beavers.
Pity the wild creatures, for they know not what we do. /Gary
There’s more on the Worth A Dam Web site:
Check out http:/www.martinezbeavers.org