Welcome to the Save Palo Alto’s Groundwater website! We believe water is too precious a resource to be wasted, especially in light of the predicted megadroughts, and the City’s long-standing tradition of being a leader in developing and implementing sound policies for sustainability and environmental protection.
12-2-15 Latest News: Save Palo Alto’s Groundwater team members have been busy gathering signatures requesting a moratorium on dewatering for residential basement construction until City Policies are revised to require construction practices and/or zoning policies that greatly reduce or eliminate the waste of groundwater, address the effects of dewatering for residential basement construction on our properties, on Palo Alto’s infrastructure and on our canopy, and mitigate the impacts of basements on the City’s stormwater handling capabilities in areas of high groundwater. If you agree this is an important issue, please subscribe to this blog by entering your e-mail address in the box to the right.
Many of our members have written letters to the City Council and for the past two months we’ve had concerned residents speak to City Council every week during Oral Communications. The City is taking some notice and has agreed to hold a Policy and Services Committee Meeting on the issue of dewatering on Dec. 8th, tentatively scheduled for 6 pm at City Hall. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend to show your support for this issue that affects our groundwater – as environmental expert Dr. Jeffrey Koseff says – our savings account for future droughts. The City will send us a confirmation notice regarding the time, date and location which we will post here.