A list of key dates and actions in reaction to the Bayside Groundwater Project is provided below. Please note EBMUD's inability to inform residents of this project early in the notification period and EBMUD's reluctance to allow the nearby residents to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) in a reasonable time period.
||EBMUD’s board members vote on whether the Bayside Groundwater Project is rejected or approved. Vote to take place at 1:15PM at the EBMUD Board Room (375 11th Street, Oakland).||November 8, 2005|
Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR)
|October 15, 2005|
|“New DEIR” Public Comment
A public comment meeting was held Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 7:00PM at the Washington Manor Middle School, 1170 Fargo Ave., San Leandro. Five of eight EBMUD board members were in attendance, and residents – plus several elected officials – filled the school auditorium. The Task Force made a ten minute presentation to the board and community to start the public comment portion of the meeting. Click here to see the presentation. Strong community opposition to the project was voiced by many speakers from San Leandro and San Lorenzo who used their three minute comment periods to detail the risks of the project to the EBMUD board members in attendance and request that they vote "No" on the Bayside Project.
|April 20, 2005|
“New DEIR” Public Comment Period
EBMUD has provided the public with only a 45-day review period of the RDEIR. Just like back in 2001 with the original DEIR, EBMUD is not providing residents with a reasonable time period to review the Environmental Impact Report. EBMUD has taken over 3 years to review the public's comments submitted back in August 2001 but will only give residents 45 days to review EBMUD’s work. Is that reasonable or fair? Of course not – this is EBMUD we are dealing with – again trying to “steamroll” the public. Residents are seeking a minimum 120-day review period.
|March 16, 2005 through April 28, 2005 (though currently seeking an extension)|
|“New DEIR” (New Draft
Environmental Impact Report)
A new and revised DEIR has been released by EBMUD, which now officially proposes to phase the project – start off smaller (Phase I), then in a few years, expand to full size (Phase II).
|March 16, 2005|
Notice of Preparation (NOP)
|October 21, 2004|
Public Comment Period
The initial deadline to submit public comments with regard to the Bayside Groundwater Project was in May 2001, but the Heron Bay Task Force and other concerned residents worked to collect over 1,000 petition signatures requesting EBMUD for an extension of 120 days. This "Original DEIR" received hundreds of public comments in opposition which caused EBMUD to “rethink” their plans to move forward with the Bayside Project.
|Ending August 6, 2001|
|EBMUD's 1st Public Comment Meeting||
April 3, 2001
(see Note 1 below)
Residents First Notified of Project and DEIR (Draft
Environmental Impact Report)
EBMUD originally provided residents with only a 45-day review/comment period and had planned construction of the project as early as Summer 2001.
|March 23, 2001|
Select Organizations Informed of EBMUD's Proposed "Bayside
Residents adjacent to proposed project location were not notified.
|September 18, 2000|
EBMUD initially proposed one public comment meeting, which was scheduled for April 3, 2001. During that meeting, the representatives from EBMUD were not able to answer most of the questions and concerns raised by the community (click here to see a newspaper article about that 1st meeting). EBMUD agreed to have another public comment meeting on May 1, 2001, due to the strong request of the community. Five additional public meetings were held due to the strong public opposition to this project (total of 7 meetings).
|April 3, 2001||1st public comment meeting|
|April 18, 2001||2nd public comment meeting|
|May 1, 2001||3rd public comment meeting|
|May 15, 2001||4th public comment meeting|
|May 21, 2001||5th public comment meeting|
|June 5, 2001||6th public comment meeting|
|June 25, 2001||7th public comment meeting|