At its April meeting in San Rafael, the Coastal Commission will be considering an application by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department for an ill-conceived project in one of the most biologically-important areas managed by the department.
The goal of the so-called “Infrastructure and Habitat Enhancement” project is to dry the naturally-wet Sharp Park Golf Course by dredging nearly 100,000 gallons of sediment and native vegetation from what remains of the Laguna Salada wetland complex in order to speed the flow of water to a pumphouse. The increased flow would be disastrous for the breeding of the California red-legged frog in the wetland’s pools and lagoons. The water is also vital to the survival of the San Francisco garter snake and the many other species in this vital wetland ecosystem.
The Coastal Commission is the first agency reviewing this project that has a responsibility to reasonably protect wetlands and other coastal resources. Showing up to the Coastal Commission hearing is the best way to fight for the integrity of this sensitive wetlands ecosystem and the species that reside there.
The Commission will consider the Sharp Park issue sometime during their meeting in San Rafael, which is scheduled for April 15-17, but the exact date and time for the hearing are yet to be determined. If you would like more information on this issue, please contact Jess Dervin-Ackerman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 848-0800 x 304.