Parents want to believe the water their children swim in is safe and free from pollutants. What the hundreds of weekly visitors to Chicken
Ranch Beach don’t know is that it’s ‘red-zoned’ throughout much of
the year — as recently as August of 2013. Supporting this petition will help put the beach on the list of priorities for county Measure A funds.
Marin County Supervisors and Parks Department: We need you to take immediate action to eliminate E coli and fecal coliform contamination in Channel B and restore the ecology of the area. Water from Channel B frequently spills onto Chicken Ranch Beach and children have been observed playing in it. We contend that the County of Marin must allocate Measure A funds, approve a final restoration plan, and begin the repair as soon as possible.
~ Levels of contamination exceed bacterial limits for recreational use.
~ Water from Channel B drains over the recreational area of the beach.
~ Visitors have been photographed picnicking beside small warning signs.
~ Swimmers complain of feeling ill after swimming at the beach.
~ Marin Supervisors and Park Director have received the final study &
plan for restoration addressing both contamination and ecological issues at the beach.
~ Tomales Bay Watershed Council, Inverness Association and Tomales Bay Association have all sent letters to the Board of Supervisors and Parks Director without any meaningful response.
~ Voter approved Measure A funds can be made available for this project.
~ There are at least $350,000 in California Coastal Conservancy funds available for the project.
~ Construction costs are currently estimated to be $370,000 not including permitting and environmental compliance.
~ One neighbor has indicated that they will fund necessary work on their own lands.
~ Other landowners upstream from the beach have expressed willingness to participate.
~ The State of California is willing to allow modifications on its parcel.
That’s why we’re asking West Marin County Supervisor, Steve Kinsey, to join with the other supervisors and Marin Parks and Recreation Director, Linda Dahl, to undertake immediate action to begin the restoration as outlined in the final study: “Restoration Feasibility and Conceptual Design Report for Third Valley Creek and Chicken Ranch Beach”
For the sake of our children, won’t you please join us by signing this petition to insist the county do its part to fix the dangerous contamination at Chicken Ranch Beach and restore its natural ecology?
(For more detailed explanation, see letter to the county from the Tomales Bay Watershed Council Foundation at: http://bit.ly/15kUls2. For the full restoration report: http://bit.ly/1bFwhVF . Video explaining problem at