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Please Sign the Clear Creek Petition

Posted by on February 9, 2010 under Petitions. This post currently has 2 responses.

via Bruce Brazil, CERA Assistant LAO

As many of you already know, the Clear Creek Management Area has been closed by the BLM as a result of an EPA report. This report does not take into account all of the facts and the end result could mean that Clear Creek Management Area will be closed for public use forever.

Please click below & create your letter to Clear Creek Management Area using predrafted or your comments in just Two Minutes.

In about two minutes (it’s a letter generator, you have no excuse not to do this) you can help stop the continued closure of a vital California recreational area. Make sure you get your comments in by the 3/5/10 deadline and please add some personal comments as well.

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This campaign is supported by Save The Trails, California Off Road Vehicle Association (CORVA), Timekeepers, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) &, AMA-District 36 Competition Committee


Additional details:

It’s a 2 part letter generator, you fill it out, then it sends you a link to verify your email address. Once the email address is verified the ‘letter’ email goes to 3 people, the Agency, the sender/letter writer, and the Campaign manager. In this case those people are – Rick @ BLM, the sender, and the Campaign manager. When you receive your copy of the letter, either email it or print it out and mail it to your legislature.

The First Petition

Posted by on January 11, 2010 under Legal, Petitions, Press. This post currently has one response.

Here is the original petition:

We, the undersigned, are in opposition to a ruling[1] by Judge Frank Roesch of the Alameda County Superior Court on September 22, 2009 to close Carnegie State Vehicle Recreation Area near Tracy, CA based on a lawsuit filed on September 17 by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA)[2]. The plaintiffs are charging the California Department of Parks and Recreation and its OHMVR (Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation) Division are violating the state’s Water Code and their own regulations by allowing off-road vehicle activities to pollute Corral Hollow Creek at Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation area[3]. We and our families use the park to enjoy, relax and spend quality time together on land set aside for this type of use. Below are our primary objections to this ruling.

1. Carnegie SVRA is the only venue of its kind in Alameda and San Joaquin Counties used year around and its closure to protect a waterway which only runs 3 to 4 months of the year will cause undue hardship to thousands of annual visitors and area residents. To off-road enthusiasts, it’s a site rich with history dating back to the 1960s when it was frequented by Bay Area founders of the sport. Interests of the many need to be protected, in this case, despite the displeasure of the few. This reason alone, in our judgment, should be sufficient to prevent the closure of Carnegie SVRA.

2. Closure will cause local enthusiasts to have to travel to more distant OHV parks causing harm to neighboring OHV parks from overuse and to the environment at large due to longer travel distances. This consideration is lost on the plaintiffs, negating their concern and attempt at protecting the environment. This reason alone, in our judgment, should be sufficient to prevent the closure of Carnegie SVRA.

3. Closing the park will financially impact area businesses due to loss of revenues from patrons who visit Carnegie. Alameda County will see a decline in sales tax revenues, which can be devastating in these hard financial times. This reason alone, in our judgment, should be sufficient to prevent the closure of Carnegie SVRA.

4. Adjacent to Carnegie OHV is the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Site 300, a restricted Department of Energy site used for testing nuclear weapons and chemical explosives. According to a San Francisco Chronicle article dated July 21, 2005 “the site is contaminated with toxics including trichloroethylene, tritium and depleted uranium”[4] and it was classified as a Superfund site by the EPA in 19875, making it among the most severely contaminated areas in the nation. How can any responsible and objective third party definitively conclude the damage to Corral Hollow Creek is caused by patrons of Carnegie and not Site 300? This reason alone, in our judgment, should be sufficient to prevent the closure of Carnegie SVRA.

For these reasons we strongly oppose the closure of Carnegie SVRA and urge you to reverse this ruling.

Sign the Petition HERE

Links to References:
1. Judge Roesch’s Ruling
2. PEER News Release on Lawsuit
3. Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Petition
4. SF Chronicle Article dated Thursday, July 21, 2005