From John Shelter regarding the questionable use of equipment to clean up the marsh.  I

“Well I hope I did this right. This past Friday was our last day out at the marsh. An area that we overseen from 2009 to 2011 just before it really got crazy. “Really at one point we really had some support”. Then again from 2013 to present with only the mall supporting the program financially. This video was shot Friday while we were inspecting areas where the city of eureka decided to clean using their method. New Directions was created to address many issues such employment, housing and most of all the environmental impact that homelessness and poverty create. Leaving a bigger environmental foot print in the name of cleaning up just does not cut it.”

Generally speaking, to run a bulldozer through such a sensitive wetlands requires some sort of environmental review, if not a full on EIR.  Eureka City Manager Greg Sparks really must participate in a public discussion if he intends this to become regular policy.  He needs to seek scientific input.  There is no shortage of expertise locally.  He needs to avail himself of it.  This was a really bad decision.

I would encourage those of you who care about this issue to contact him and cc your communication to the Eureka City Council.

From the City website:

Greg Sparks, City Manager email
Christine Tyson, Executive Assistant email

The City Manager’s office is located at:     Eureka City Hall
531 K Street-Room 208
                                                            Eureka, CA 95501-1146

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