View of project site from Camino Tassajara looking northwest (photo courtesy: stopthecemetery.org)

EBCNPS recently submitted comments to the Contra Costa County Planning Department regarding the DEIR for the proposed Creekside Memorial Cemetery in the Tassajara Valley area of the County.  The proposed development would result in disturbance of approximately 77 acres of grading for grave-sites and irrigated landscaping, and 13 acres of impervious area (roads, buildings, parking lots).

This project is of concern to EBCNPS because it is located within our “East Dublin and Tassajara” Botanical Priority Protection Area.  This area is recognized by CNPS for priority protection because it contains one of the last remaining matrices of grasslands and vernal pools that once characterized the greater Livermore Valley.  The alkaline valley bottoms and Northern Claypan Vernal Pools of this area support rare plant species including Congdon’s tarplant (Centromadia parryi ssp. congdonii), San Joaquin spearscale (Atriplex joaquiniana) and Saline clover (Trifolium depauperatum var. hydrophilum) as well as locally rare plant species.  Among these species, Congdon’s tarplant and San Joaquin spearscale (both CNPS list 1B) have been identified on site and will be directly impacted by this project.

A copy of the DEIR for this project can be found here:  Draft Environmental Impact Report for Creekside Memorial Cemetery

Our Comment letter can be viewed here:  EBCNPS Comments for Creekside Cemetery DEIR

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