Time is running out to make sure that wetlands are a part of the Alameda Point Town Center Plan. Send a message to the City Council today urging them to prioritize wetland creation when they vote on the Plan on July 1.
Last year Alameda's own Planning Board and consultants recommended
that the city pursue wetland development along the western shoreline of
Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point. A few weeks ago, the Planning Board made clear that they would like this effort to happen in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, city staff are
now making the short-sighted recommendation to defer wetland creation
indefinitely in favor of short-term revenue from the leasing of three existing buildings on the Seaplane Lagoon's west side.
Wetland development would provide enormous benefits to Alameda and to the San Francisco Bay ecosystem. Wetlands capture carbon dioxide, enhance wildlife and marine habitat, and make communities more resilient to sea level rise. There is a vast amount of leaseable
commercial space at Alameda Point,
but only a few shoreline areas that offer opportunities for the city to
expand wetlands; the west side of the Seaplane Lagoon is one such area.
Postponing wetland creation in the face of
both ecological crisis and opportunity would be a tragic denial of
history and science. Please send a message to the Alameda City Council today requesting that the city pursue the creation of wetlands at Seaplane Lagoon.
Thank you for taking action to enhance the shoreline of San Francisco Bay at Alameda Point.
Prioritize Wetlands at Seaplane Lagoon
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to urge you to add clear language to the Alameda Point Town Center and Waterfront Specific Plan that supports pursuing wetland creation now.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]