Palo Alto Online has just posted two articles on dewatering:
Doug Moran’s excellent blog, which provides an in-depth discussion of the issues and complexities surrounding groundwater pumping, along with links to references to earlier coverage in the footnotes section and, Palo Alto Weekly writer Gennady Sheyner’s overview of the upcoming Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 6 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 285 Hamilton.
At least since 2004, residents have been asking the City to protect our groundwater and our natural and built environment from the effects of dewatering. It is time to show the City that we are seriously concerned about this issue. With climate change, the paradigm has changed: it is no longer surface water, wastewater, groundwater, etc. It is all ONE water and all water is important. Please attend the City Council meeting on March 7th and/or write and let Council members (firstname.lastname@example.org) know that you care about our groundwater, a valuable community resource. It’s especially important that Council direct Staff to investigate simplifying the ordinance in 2018 to simply put an end to discharge of groundwater to the storm drains. There are proven, better ways to build basements in areas of high groundwater. Let’s make the following statement true:
We’ll be wearing blue. Join us! We hope to see you on the 7th!