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Pope-Chaucer Bridge Replacement

From: domainremoved <Dana>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:54:01 -0800

Dear Ms. Collins and the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority,

In addition to our family's letter below, I want to share a successful and environmentally friendly water detention system currently being used in Seattle, Washington, along Thornton Creek.

Seattle's flood mitigation solution for Thornton Creek was to create a park. Meadowbrook Park now includes a storm retention pond for the water from Thornton Creek. It has been a popular and beautiful solution; "Today Meadowbrook Pond provides habitat for beavers, waterfowl, and others. The Pond also provides opportunities for walking, running, and wildlife and art viewing, in addition to its environmental benefits."
This sounds like a "win win" solution to me,

To create the park, Seattle Public Utilities bought a piece of property along the creek and removed the existing buildings. SPU created culverts that would carry water from the creek to an underground aquifer under Meadowbrook Park. Seattle held a juried art competition around 1990 for a storm water retention pond. The winning artists designed a way to use the dirt, that was removed to form the ponds, on site Ś saving money. The artists then built several small structures and a bridge. Under the bridge is a huge concrete pipe. You'd never know it. You can see the pipe on the September 6, 2013 entry of on this page.

You can read more about SPU's project "How Meadowbrook Pond Works" at this link.

I'm hoping we can create many of these parks upstream AND downstream of the PopeŚChaucer Bridge. I prefer to ADD more parks and natural habitats than take them away.


Dana Shields
1231 Woodland Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025

> ----- Forwarded Message -----
> From: bob hubbell <rghubbell_at_(domainremoved)
> To: "jcollins_at_(domainremoved)
> Cc: "city.council_at_(domainremoved)
> Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:26 AM
> Subject: Pope-Chaucer Bridge Replacement
> Dear Ms. Collins and the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority,
> Our family has lived along the San Francisquito Creek for nearly 20 years and as homeowners we certainly understand and support the need to protect properties from flood damage. However, the San Francisquito Creek watershed is a unique resource for our area and provides a welcome natural environment in an otherwise highly urban landscape. The creek's ecosystem supports a variety of wildlife. In fact, over the last few years we have seen more steelhead swimming upstream to spawn than ever before. One of the reasons we moved to the neighborhood was because of the creek's natural beauty and character, of which the mature trees that grow along the creek's banks form an integral part. Their root systems also help to stabilize the creek banks and prevent erosion.
> We like that we live in a city that is a Tree City USA community (there is also a tree prominent in our city's logo) and so it should come as no surprise that we feel strongly about protecting trees. We are opposed to flood walls or other containment measures as they would disrupt the creek's natural balance and kill off the trees. If there is a flood control issue with the current Pope-Chaucer bridge configuration we would support a bridge replacement so long as there was absolutely no negative impact to the creek's environment. Ideally, we would love to have the bridge removed entirely and replaced instead with a bicycle and pedestrian only bridge.
> We strongly urge that any flood control measures enhance, or at a minimum preserve, the creek's natural character and beauty, with the trees and rich ecosystem it supports.
> Regards,
> Bob Hubbell
> Dana Shields
> Charlie Hubbell
> 1231 Woodland Avenue
> Menlo Park, CA 94025
> 650-326-7999
Received on Fri Feb 14 2014 - 11:53:42 PST

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