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Attack on Clapper Rails From SMART

SMART demolition starts removing old track leading into endangered species habitat.

No sooner had the feather ruffling from activists' giant clapper rail puppet protest at San Rafael City Hall died down, then a new and potentially harmful incursion into clapper rail territory got launched at Gallinas Creek. This threat is not from the San Rafael Airport soccer developers, but from SMART.

Today, crews dismantled miles of old train track leading up to known endangered California clapper rail habitat at Gallinas Creek near Auto Desk headquarters toward the old Gallinas Creek train bridge- where clapper rails have been filmed. The crew foreman said that a biologist would be there during the demolition phase, though one was not in sight at 4pm, the time frame that today's photos were shot. US Fish and Wildlife is looking into the matter.

An EIR for the project is now over 6 years old. There is cause to demand that a “supplemental EIR” be filed as clapper rail populations have moved around in the time period.  Bird observations by noted clapper rail expert Jules Evans of Avocet Research place the bird in the vacinity of this SMART construction. For Evans' latest clapper rail study see: http://gallinascreek.org/DEIRpdf/AvocetResearch.pdf

The Gallinas Creek Defense Council and Gallinas Watershed Council are monitoring these activities. More on the story as new information is received.

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mel perry October 05, 2012 at 11:40 PM
just another damn enviromentalist looking for a job, the birds survived the nwp for over a 100 years,, get the god damn job finished, enough with the nimby's and their stone age mentality
John Parulis October 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Here's a link to SMART agreements on construction work near clapper rail habitat. http://gallinascreek.org/GallinasCreekWP/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/SMART-EIR-pages-and-clappers.pdf Work has halted on the SMART rail track removal.
John Parulis October 10, 2012 at 07:18 AM
From the MarinIJ http://www.marinij.com/sanrafael/ci_21735474/smart-rail-work-may-have-occurred-without-proper
thesanrafaeler October 11, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Can anyone get down there today with a camera to see if the night's rain has leached any contaminants into the estuary?

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