Category Archives: Environment

Cliffs at Crown Beach

More than five inches of rain pummeled Alameda on October 24, making it the wettest October day ever. The storm washed away tons of sand along Crown Memorial State Beach and Alameda Beach, leaving cliffs at the edge of the … Continue reading

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Get Pumped

Sea level rise will eventually come, but a much more immediate threat to Alameda is flooding caused by stalled, prolonged storm systems.  Major storms are becoming more common as the changing climate causes erratic, unpredictable and devastating weather events. In … Continue reading

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Enviros Turn the Tide

What started off under the radar ended up in the spotlight. On June 18, the city council unanimously rejected a lease at Alameda Point for a digital data storage facility that would have been part of “the cloud.”  Just six … Continue reading

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Missing the Boat

Current policy decisions are shaping our shoreline’s future, and Alameda is missing the boat. On May 30, the planning board unanimously approved a plan for the Alameda Marina that provides protection for three feet of sea level rise, even though … Continue reading

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Coulda Woulda Shoulda at Encinal Terminals

On December 19, the city council will decide whether to approve the proposed Encinal Terminals project located behind the former Del Monte warehouse at Buena Vista and Sherman streets.  The project calls for 589 homes with commercial uses and public … Continue reading

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Drive your Chevy to the levee in Alameda?

Alameda is in the process of updating its local climate action plan, and sea level rise will be on the agenda.  Much of our shoreline will be impacted. Will we need sea walls, levees and dikes?  A new system of … Continue reading

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Sierra Club speaks out on Encinal Terminals Project

The Encinal Terminals project was originally scheduled for approval at the October 17 city council meeting. However, it has been postponed. According to city staff:  “There was interest in getting the project on the October 17 City Council agenda but there are … Continue reading

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Sierra Club Opposes Tidelands Swap at Encinal Terminals

The Encinal Terminals Project is a planned development on an old shipping site along the Oakland Estuary behind the Del Monte building.  The project proposes to construct 589 residential units with commercial buildings, a park, a shoreline promenade, and a … Continue reading

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Homelessness in Alameda

It’s good to see the city creating an action plan to find services and shelter for the homeless who have taken up residence in the soon-to-be-built Jean Sweeney Park. But let’s not forget about those living in the encampment at … Continue reading

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Shake, Rattle, and Ignore

Harbor seals have been coming to Alameda Point to find food and a suitable breeding habitat and resting area in recent years, taking up residence at a site adjacent to Enterprise Park and the Bay Trail. Rather than encouraging their … Continue reading

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