Tuesday

Why Are Our Storm Drains Being Neglected?

Every since we moved to Greenbriar in 2008 I have never seen the City of Richmond clean the storm drains on the hill behind my house.  And today they are choked with weeds, dirt and debris. In hiking around the hills in the area, I have discovered that ours are not the only storm drains being neglected!
Come to the annual Greenbriar Neighborhood Council meeting this coming Tuesday, January 27, from 7:00 to 8:00, at the El Sobrante Library and find out more about this serious issue.


This is looking South and is behind homes on upper Rain Cloud.


This is one of the culverts on the hill behind my home on Maison Way.


A 'drop inlet' (drain) almost totally hidden by an overgrown Redwood tree.


This is the drain I cleared myself. A fire in the 1980's damaged the leech lines that put water runoff into the culverts.


From a map of storm drains in the Richmond area. The four drains between Kipling Dr. and Maison Way are indicated at the end of the red line.



Wednesday

11/26/2014


Storm Drain Call To Action Update:

The Greenbriar Neighborhood Council has recently asked the City of Richmond to resume its practice of annually cleaning the storm drains on the scenic easements between Kipling Dr. and Maison Way.  As it has been only 6 years since we moved to this wonderful area, I was unfamiliar with this custom. But I can say that in that in those 6 years I have never seen the City out here on a cleaning mission.  This information came to me in part because of a chance meeting with one of our residents on the day I walked the hillside with the City workers.  Over her back fence this resident asked me if the City was going to resume cleaning the storm drains "like they used to".  In small communities like Greenbriar, some of the best information is learned over the back fence! It also helps to check into this website from time to time!
   We are presently waiting for a response from the City of Richmond's Environmental Manager Lynne Scarpa for the final word on this important issue.  As soon as we hear from her we will let you know how the City has decided to handle this.

John Oster
President, Greenbriar Neighborhood Council
john@johnoster.com
415-725-8394




Thursday

Call To Action!

Did you know that we have 4 storm drains on the hillside behind some of us?  They are choked with weeds and need to be cleared!




The weather report said we may get up to 2 inches of rain between now and Saturday.
I cleared the lower one last year and I just cleared part of it again today.  But it would be great to have some help!  I will be up there again tomorrow. (And again today if there is a break in the rain.)  If you want to join me tomorrow, meet me at my house for coffee at 9:00 and we will venture up the hill from my backyard at 10:00.  Please bring any shovels, small rakes, brooms and other garden equipment you have.   You can contact me by phone at 415-725-8394 or my email john@johnoster.com
Thanks




The view up there is great so bring your cameras or you phones!