Damage to riparian habitat along Alameda Creek from Phase I of Caltrans' road widening project. Photo Courtesy: Alameda Creek Alliance

This is a major victory for conservation interests in the East Bay.  EBCNPS counts the Alameda Creek Alliance as a close ally and was happy to support them in this project, submitting comment letters and attending public meetings to voice our support for protecting the watershed and the natural resources being threatened by this road widening plan.  Congratulations to the Alameda Creek Alliance for their great work and dedication to this project!

See Press Release from Alameda Creek Alliance Below:

Oakland, CA 12/12/11 – The California Department of Transportation signed a settlement agreement today with the Alameda Creek Alliance that forces the agency to terminate the approval and permits for the first phase of a controversial $80 million highway widening project in Niles Canyon along Alameda Creek. CalTrans will rescind its 2006 approval and flawed environmental review for the Route 84 Safety Improvement Project, notify regulatory agencies it is withdrawing the project, terminate the project construction contract, and comply with mitigation requirements for work already done, such as tree cutting along Alameda Creek.

Full press release can be found here:  Phase I Settlement Victory Press Release

Phase II of this plan is still in the environmental review process, but it would result in the cutting of almost 500 more trees and add close to two miles of retaining walls and armoring along the creek.  We will continue following this project and post updates here as they become available.