The Chabot Gun has operated since 1964 in Anthony Chabot Regional Park, a wilderness area in the hills above Oakland and Castro Valley. The gun club’s lease expires on March 31, 2016, and we need your help to make sure it is not renewed.
Decades’ worth of discarded lead ammunition (still in use today) has polluted our public land and water. Lead leaches into the soil, runs into streams, and flows downhill to Lake Chabot, an emergency water supply also stocked with fish. The amount of lead in these streams has been measured as high as 20 times the E.P.A. limit for industrial facilities. In addition to the lead pollution, there has been an increasing problem with the sound of loud gunfire reverberating for miles in the Oakland hills, disturbing park users and wildlife.
A recent Park District report estimates the costs to of keeping the gun range open at $2.1 million to $4.3 million ($100,000 to 200,000 for CEQA compliance, $125,000 for noise mitigation, $500,000 to $1.5 million for facility maintenance, and $1.3 to $2.5 million for stormwater compliance). In addition, they estimated the cost of cleaning up the area once the gun range closes at $2.5 to $20 million dollars. The gun club brings a net income of $40,000 per year to the District.
The costs of lead mitigation and clean-up mandated by the State Water Quality Control Board should be paid by the gun club and not passed on to the taxpayers—as happened recently at a gun club that closed last year at Lake Merced in the hills above San Francisco.
The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors will decide whether to renew the gun club’s lease at its meeting on Tuesday, March 1. To join us at that meeting, email Norman La Force at email@example.com.
You can also write to the Park District board. Tell them:
- NOT to renew the gun club lease;
- The gun club must be held responsible for 100% of the clean-up costs for the lead pollution it has caused;
- No taxpayer dollars should go to pay for any clean-up of the site; and
- If the gun club continues to operate, it must be 100% responsible for costs of environmental compliance.
Send a message to the board member who represents your area, or better yet, email them all!
- Whitney Dotson (Ward 1: Richmond/Berkeley), firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Sutter (Ward 2: Oakland/Lamorinda), email@example.com
- Dennis Waespi (Ward 3: Castro Valley), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Doug Siden (Ward 4: Alameda), email@example.com
- Ayn Wieskamp (Ward 5: Livermore), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Beverly Lane (Ward 6: Danville), email@example.com
- Diane Burgis (Ward 7: Oakley), firstname.lastname@example.org