Next week, a resolution to expand public access to the Peninsula Watershed is coming before a committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Opening the watershed’s dirt access roads will provide the kind of open space for recreation that we need more of in the densely packed San Francisco Bay Area.
Watch this two-minute video to learn more.
Please join us at the hearing on Monday, Sept. 12 at 1:30 PM and/or email the supervisors on the Land Use and Transportation Committee!
Land Use & Transportation Committee Hearing
Monday, Sept. 12, 1:30 PM
San Francisco City Hall, Legislative Chamber, Room 250
Here’s a sample email:
Dear Supervisors Cohen and Peskin,
I am writing to support Board of Supervisors Resolution 160183, urging the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to expand public access to the Peninsula Watershed lands.
Residents of San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area are in desperate need of more open space where they can recreate in the outdoors with their friends and family members, and the Peninsula Watershed provides a perfect setting for this type of recreation.
Access to the watershed’s existing dirt roads will allow hikers, cyclists and equestrians to visit the area’s largest and most scenic unused, publicly held open space, integrating national, state and county parklands across the San Francisco Peninsula.
The trails that would be opened to access are actually dirt roads that are currently used by SFPUC trucks on a daily basis. They could easily be designated as a trail system, much as is done in the Marin County and Santa Clara County Watersheds.
Other Bay Area water districts allow public access to their lands without compromising water safety or environmental stewardship. So do thousands of water districts throughout the country.
In fact, an in-depth environmental impact analysis by the San Francisco Planning Department determined that increased public access and use of the watershed would pose little to no risk to geology and soils; hydrology and water quality; natural resources; air quality; noise; and other factors.
I urge you to support BOS Resolution 160183 as an important way to improve the quality of life of Bay Area residents without sacrificing our region’s unique natural resources.