SURFRIDER FOUNDATION SAN DIEGO CHAPTER
POLICY ACTION ALERT

Oppose Gregory Canyon Landfill

Background

This project is located east of I-15 near SR 76, adjacent to Pala Band of Mission Indians land, in the North County. This project will go before the Regional Water Quality Control Board for waste discharge permit following completion of CEQA documentation. The pertinent issue before the Water Board and what is is of concern to Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter is water quality. The geologic and potential fire conditions at the site increase the risk of leaks that contaminate groundwater basins in the watershed of the San Luis Rey River as well as compromise the San Diego Aqueduct. Recently the City of Carlsbad and the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs joined other governmental bodies in opposing this project. In this age of a society striving for zero waste and in an era of diminishing water supplies, anything that puts water resources counted upon by a large number of San Diego county citizens at risk is unacceptable

What Can You Do?

Write the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board by July 12, 2009, and include your name and address. You can click on the below e-mail address, cut and paste and personalize the below sample letter.


State of California Regional Water Quality Control Board
San Diego Region
9174 Sky Park Court Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123
Attention: Ms Carole Tamaki
CTamaki@waterboards.ca.gov

Subject: Tentative Order No. R9-2009-004
Waste Discharge Requirements for the
Gregory Canyon Ltd.
Gregory Canyon Landfill, San Diego County

Dear Members of the Board:

I am very concerned that the proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill is adjacent to the San Diego Aqueduct and the San Luis Rey River and located over a valuable and irreplaceable aquifer. The aqueduct supplies the City of San Diego, the aquifer supplies irrigation and domestic water wells and the River provides water for the City of Oceanside’s water recycling plant.

Despite project proponent assertions, it is very likely, due to geographic conditions in the area that the landfill will leak, resulting in contamination of valuable water resources. Stated mitigation measures are totally unacceptable.

The mission of your board is to preserve and enhance the quality of California’s water resources for the benefit of present and future generations of Californians. Adoption of the Tentative Oder for the dangerous proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill project would run counter this mission and put valuable water resources at peril. Please deny this dangerous project.

Sincerely,