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Golf club well proposal resurfaces in Menlo Park

Original post made on Mar 26, 2014

Two years after the idea first came before Menlo Park's environmental quality commissioners, the panel will review a proposal to allow a private club to drill an irrigation well in a city park on Wednesday, March 26.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 10:56 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by Bill Grove, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Mar 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Our aquifers are not a free resource - as they are depleted, salt water from the bay seeps into them, and we face potential land sinkage. This is the tragedy of the commons. Conservation in this time of drought and climate change needs to be our first response. Reuse of gray water for landscaping including golf courses should be encouraged.

Posted by janet, a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Mar 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Don't deplete the aquifer. Find a way to use gray water.

Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 26, 2014 at 12:52 pm

This is nothing more than a water grab by the country club.

This project is against Menlo Park's own Urban Water Management Plan.

This project is for no other reason than to allow more water for Massive Development.

Not one drop of water is saved.

Country Club will save approx. $600,000. a year for water while raping a natural resource.

City Staff is ignoring Neighborhood and Residents opposition to this project, rather than being their advocate.

NO cost benefit analysis has been done to see what placing smaller wells in the parks and school to water ONLY the parks and schools would save the City.

This project is an abomination and should be stopped immediately!

Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Water is a complicated issue and last night the Environmental Quality Commission not only understood many aspects of water use, management, distribution, conservation, and development impacts on water supplies, but were able to wade through graphs, charts, and the many details and resident concerns that came before you.

In addition, I applaud the EQC's decision to protect a precious natural resource as well as Open Space and Conservation District and City Parks by their strongly worded recommendation to the Menlo Park City Council to cease all work on the potential well project and MOU with the private Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. Not to mention the time and money Staff has spent on this project.

Residents also appreciated including overwhelming resident objection to the project and the principle of putting a private well in a public part to take a natural resource benefiting few but the Country Club. Residents felt our objections were being ignored, omitted, and dismissed in this process.

It is my hope that the Staff will investigate putting smaller individual wells in the parks to water only the parks. I believe the cost benefit analysis of such a scheme should be studied as an alternative to Hetch Hetchy use, and that the money saved should be put toward continued water conservation incentives and or adjudication of the aquifer in San Mateo County.

Posted by Old MP, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Time to invest in redistributing Menlo Park's treated wastewater. Instead of flushing to the bay, it may be time to invest in piping the water to parks (and golf courses) for irrigation.

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