Help stop flooding and habitat damage to Aquatic Park

The City of Berkeley plans to use $2 million in Clean Water Bond money from the State Coastal Conservancy to open discharge outlets from the City’s primary storm drains into the tidal bay ponds of Aquatic Park. Discharge of contaminated storm water into the enclosed ponds has been prohibited by the State since 1971, but the City hopes to overturn that restriction and replace it with a permit allowing such toxic discharges in perpetuity. The use of high-pressure pumps can increase the capacity of the City’s drains and avoid violations of the Water Board’s prohibition. Improving circulation within the lagoon system must begin with regular maintenance of the existing culverts, the option selected by Council in 1994 when staff first proposed the project in an earlier version. Additional water circulation can be safely engineered with a one-way flow out of the lagoons, thus prohibiting the introductions of toxic storm runoff. Such one-way outbound options have been recommended for consideration by the State Water Board regulator in his project analysis, but they have not yet been modeled.

This item is on the City Council agenda at their June 24 meeting. For more information, visit Aquatic Park EGRET’s web site:

Workshops on the Strawberry Creek Plaza Proposal

Citizens for A Strawberry Creek Plaza and Ecocity Builders invite you to join us for a day of workshops on the Strawberry Creek Plaza proposal, July 13, in Berkeley.
Please RSVP to Elyce Judith at elyce AT singlesourcetelecom DOT com

A New Vision for Center Street Friday, July 13, at Berkeley City College Auditorium 9:00 -12:30 a.m. at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street –

Morning workshop featuring A New Visions for Center Street with Citizens for a Strawberry Creek Plaza. Introductions and updates from Mayor Tom Bates, President of the Downtown Berkeley Association Mark McLeod, and representatives from Carpenter & Company. This will be followed by a presentation on San Luis Obispo’s very successful Mission Plaza project, including ideas for Berkeley, with current Mayor Dave Romero, Former Council Member and Mayor Ken Schwartz, SLO Chamber of Commerce representative Pierre Rademaker and City Administrative Officer Ken Hampian.

2:00 p.m. Meet at the Bank of America, corner of Center Street and Shattuck Avenue.
Guided Tour on the block of Center Street from Oxford to Shattuck and along Strawberry Creek on UCB campus by Citizens for a Strawberry Creek Plaza and Steve Maranzana, UC Berkeley
Office of Environment, Health & Safety.

3:00 p.m. At Alborz Restaurant, 2142 Center Street. Meeting focusing on economic revitalization and the Strawberry Creek Plaza Project, hosted by the Downtown Berkeley Association, featuring Michael Caplan, Acting Director of Economic Development for the City of Berkeley and Pierre Rademaker of Rademaker Design. Pierre is past president of both the SLO Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Association and chaired the design committee that developed the City’s Conceptual Physical Plan for the City Center.
7:00 p.m. Evening event at the Gaia Building, 2116 Allston Way. Comments by Richard Register of Ecocity Builders and members of the SLO delegation, with time for audience discussion. How can cities be far healthier for both people and nature, now, and into the deep future?

Aquatic Park East Touchdown Plaza Community Workshop

East Touchdown Plaza at Aquatic Park Community Workshop #2
Draft Final Concept Plan

North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Street at MLK Way
Thursday, 28, 2001 7:00PM-9:00PM
This project includes bicycle and pedestrian access improvements between Addison Street and the Bike Bridge at the north end of Aquatic Park. It also includes other sire amenities such as a plaza, seating, signage and landscaping.

Please join City staff and design consultants from Design, Community & Environment to review and discuss the Draft Final Concept Plan that reflect comments received from Community Workshop #1 and other stakeholder meetings.

For more information, please contact Deborah Chernin at or (510) 981-6715.