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Endangered California Clapper Rail Just A Vote Away From The Brink of Destruction
by John Parulis
Wednesday Jul 18th, 2012 8:58 PM
San Rafael’s Planning Commission approved a two-story, Walmart-size indoor and outdoor sports complex on Gallinas Creek with a 184 car parking lot with outdoor lighting, which would put soccer playing kids within 160 feet of an active runway and flight-path. The project would bring light and noise pollution, toxic runoff, increased traffic, and excessive disturbance to the marsh and creek. The project would imperil the endangered clapper rail who feed near the proposed site.
Concerned citizens and Marin environmentalists have been fighting a horrific development proposal on Gallinas Creek for nearly 7 years.
With 200 species going extinct everyday, it is ironic that Marin County, noted for its strong stance on many environmental issues, would be on the brink of seriously threatening the San Francisco Bay Area's largest concentration of clapper rail, thought to number a mere 2000 in the entire North Bay.

The plan calls for over 100 piles to be driven in the below sea level soft wetland soil of the land which is privately owned and now serves as a private airport.

On August 6, the city council will hear the appeal against this project which the Sierra Club and a host of other environmental groups oppose. It threatens sensitive habitat for the endangered California Clapper rail, salt marsh harvest mouse, black rail and steelhead trout, and other species in the Gallinas Creek watershed.

Additionally, Cal-Trans Aviation Division “recommends prohibiting group recreational uses” so close to this runway. “In general, society gives special attention to protection of children. Special consideration should be given to facilities that cater to children such as recreation and sports facilities.”

Please help our determined group of citizens fight the owners of this wetland airport area (They are the 1%) and stop this disaster from happening.

Please visit our web site. Spread the word. Sign the petition. Time is running out. Marin can do far better than this!