The Partnership News & Events
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UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County
Seeking New Volunteers for Training Classes that Begin January 2019
Training classes will be held in the tri-county area
The UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County is seeking new volunteers who reside in Alameda County to receive training during our 2019 New Volunteer Training Class; a 16-week program that will run from January through April 2019. Classes are taught by University advisors, local horticultural educators, and certified Master Gardeners on topics that range from the basics of horticulture, to integrated pest management and problem diagnosis, to growing and caring for edible and landscape plants. Gardening experience is not required.
Alameda County Master Gardeners support various projects around the county including: Demonstration gardens in Albany, Fremont, Livermore and Oakland, various school garden programs, garden problem solving and support provided by phone and email from the Help Desk, and workshops at local libraries and community centers.
To apply for the training class, you must be a resident of Alameda County and attend one of our September orientation sessions. For more information, visit our website: http://bit.ly/AlamedaMG2019
About the UCCE Master Gardeners of Alameda County
Wildlife-friendly Pond Restoration Program Featured as an "Exemplary Partner Project" by SF Bay Joint Venture
For over a decade the Alameda County Conservation Partnership has worked with local landowners to provide incentives for voluntary stock-pond restoration that improves habitat for native wildlife and provides a reliable source of drinking water for livestock. Recently, these efforts were recognized by the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture as February's "Featured Project".
The Wildlife-friendly Ponds Program in Alameda County represents a unique partnership between private landowners and both county and federal agencies. Currently, 32 livestock ponds have been restored yielding critical wetland habitat values that benefit both cattle and wildlife in the East Bay. The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV) recognized the efforts of the Alameda County Conservation Partnership in early 2017 both on their website, and in their 2017 fact sheet as a program that has advanced the SFBJV's goal of protecting, restoring and enhancing wetlands throughout the nine Bay Area counties for the benefit of wildlife and people. You can read the full Wildlife-friendly Ponds Program article here. To learn more abouc the SFBJV, visit their website.
The Govenor's Office of Emergency Services - Damage Information Submissions
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is working with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to submit damage information for the January and February Winter Storms, which have caused flooding and other damages and response costs in Alameda County and our jurisdictions.
In January Alameda Countyhad over $ 16 Million dollars in response and damage costs. This was for public damage to roads, parks, and utilities. The County has been included in the Governor’s proclamation and a Presidential declaration for this period for the public damages.
The Sheriff's office is also working with Cal OES to document damages that have occurred to private properties and businesses throughout Alameda County. In January we had 8 homes damaged in the City of Oakland and one in Unincorporated Alameda County. The initial estimate was about $500,000 in damage. We are continuing the. To assist in the process of documenting homeowner and business damages, we would ask that property owners can call the following numbers to report their damages:
- Unincorporated Areas of Alameda County: 925-803-7807
- City of Oakland: 510-238-2253
- City of San Leandro: 510-577-0437
Numbers in other jurisdictions will be added soon. There is a process that must be followed to first identify and document private home and business damages, report that information to Cal OES, and then see the threshold is met for individual assistance. The State will work with each County that meets their threshold to set up the process for property owners to then apply for the types of assistance that may be available to them.
Palomares Road Closure; Stonybrook Creek Crossings Project
Palomares Road is now open to through traffic! Thank you for your patience during the project to make it a success.
A portion of Palomares Road was closed for an extended period of time beginning August 3 in order to complete a bridge replacement over Stonybrook Creek. During construction, Palomares Road between postmiles 8.70 and 8.50 was closed to thru traffic through November 7th.
A public meeting was held July 20, 2016 at 6:30pm at Sunol Glen Elementary School to discuss the closure and anticipated road delays.
A follow up public meeting with the Alameda County Fire Department to discuss the concerns regarding emergency response during the Palomares Road Closure was held at Chouinard Vineyards Winery, 33853 Palomares Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94552 on Wednesday, July 27th at 6:30 pm.
The closure blocked traffic access along Palomares Road accessed from Niles Canyon Road/Hwy 84. Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians were unable to use Palomares Road to travel between Niles Canyon/Hwy 84 and Hwy 580 for the duration of the work and needed to take alternative routes. Residents past postmile 8.50 were only able to access via Palomares Road from Hwy 580.
Emergency responders and other service providers were notified and were prepared to provide services during the road closure.
A Frequently Asked Questions sheet and a map of the closure area with alternate routes are included for your reference.
- Public Notice, Map of Closure Area and Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions regarding this project or the lane closure please contact the Project Manager Leslie Koenig at 925-371-0154 ext 3865 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org