Castilleja’s expansion project, which comes before City Council on Monday, May 23rd, 2022, 5:30 PM for final deliberations, poses a significant threat to Palo Alto’s groundwater and construction will result in the release of as much CO2 as is emitted by driving a Prius over 4 million miles!  This project contradicts Palo Alto’s goals of sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Step 1: Write to the City Council ASAP and ask that the pool be built at ground level and relocated to where the environment will not be harmed, and neighborhood noise levels will remain within City codes:

Step 2: Make a public statement at: May 23rd City Council meeting in person or via zoom  Meeting begins at 5:30.

Visit Preserve Neighborhood Quality of Life’s informative website.

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2022 UN Water Theme: Groundwater – Making the Invisible Visible

Every year UN Water chooses a theme – this year it’s groundwater.  Given groundwater’s importance, we wholeheartedly agree with this year’s theme and the UN’s statement:

Groundwater – Making the Invisible Visible

Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere.
Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives.
Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater.
As climate change gets worse, groundwater will become more and more critical.
We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource.
Groundwater may be out of sight, but it must not be out of mind.

 Get the fact sheet.

Let’s join UN Water in recognizing groundwater’s importance and keep working to protect and wisely manage this precious resource!

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California Water. Over-promised. Over-delivered. Solutions? Felicia Marcus Feb. 12 10 AM.

At 10 AM, February 12, 2022, Felicia Marcus, J.D. brings the latest information to help answer our questions about California’s water challenges, availability, equity and solutions.

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At 10 AM, February 12, 2022, Felicia Marcus, J.D. brings the latest information to help answer our questions about California’s water challenges, availability, equity and solutions. Ms. Marcus is currently the Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program, former chair of the California Water Board, former Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX, and previous chair of the Los Angeles Department of Public Works (where she managed wastewater, water and solid waste recycling, stormwater management).  Felicia Marcus participated in and spoken at recent conferences like the United Nations Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP26) and UNESCO Megacities Conference in Paris (she will also address the upcoming American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting).


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Celebrating National Groundwater Awareness Week! March 7-13, 2021

From our friends at the National Groundwater Association (NGWA):

“This year, we are speaking up for groundwater. Our most valuable and precious resource needs advocates who understand the importance groundwater plays in our lives and community. Any resource taken for granted is a resource at risk of being lost, which is why we are dedicating National Groundwater Awareness Week 2021 to the advocacy of groundwater safety and protection and increasing its access across the country.

The first step in advocacy is almost always education. How do we educate our friends, families, and leaders about the role of groundwater? How do we teach our neighbors about the importance of proper groundwater management, remediation, and increase awareness of water testing in private water systems? How do we ensure our voice is heard? It all starts with us  because if we don’t speak up for groundwater, who will?”

The NGWA has groundwater information for all the states.  Check out these great resources for California including a groundwater mapgroundwater use in California, and groundwater quality profile.  And share this information with everyone!

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City Council agrees magnificent oak at 2353 Webster deserves protection

We did it!  Thank you to all of you who wrote letters, buttonholed Council members (virtually!) and commented at the City Council meeting last evening.   Thank you also to the owner and her team, City staff members and most importantly to the Council members for addressing the fate and importance of the magnificent oak tree at 2353 Webster.

After more than four hours of deliberations, the Palo Alto City Council formally decided on the appeal of the Individual Review for the 2-story house with a basement at 2353 Webster.  See our earlier blog  for details on the issue.  Continue reading

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