Sunday, November 13, 2016

Red Car Canyon: Sewer Contractor Working In Dry Brush Area

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, November 10, 2016.  Last week, neighbors from Corralitas, Lake View and Riverside Place wondered about the backhoe, generator, porta-potty and other trucks in Red Car Canyon.  This appears to be part of a large sewer project in the area. (Click on photos to enlarge.)  

It is of major concern to neighbors, since brush clearance was never done this year and the canyon is the most dry it's ever been in the 26 years I've lived here.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, November 10, 2016.  While taking photos, the neighbor spoke to a City inspector on site who said they were working on sewer lines between manhole covers up on the Corralitas side of the slope, along the fence line (hidden by the dense brush).
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, November 10, 2016.  Another neighbor confirmed what appears to be the same crew has been working in and around Riverside Place since September.  The same neighbor also said they seemed to be working in a patchwork fashion. He'd received a letter from the City a year ago.  Another Red Car Property neighbor overlooking the south end of the Red Car Property received a similar letter.  Although that section should be more challenging, since the sewer line is in the middle of the slope, running parallel with the power lines.  They worked on sewers from the city easements in backyards on Corralitas Drive and on the Lake View side of Red Car Canyon in 2015.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, November 10, 2016.  The proximity of the work to dry brush and dead and dying trees concerns neighbors most. No one has seen any brush clearance on this end of the property since July, and that now appears to have been done by utility company contractors and individual homeowners concerned about their own safety.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 9, 2016. There is a large build up of dry leaves and brush from the dry and dying canyon trees, including a large eucalyptus directly behind and above the area where the crew was working last week. However, the little Coast Live Oak Tree on the right side of the above photo is about 12 feet tall now. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 9, 2016.  It's always difficult to get a good representative photo of the canyon area because of the harsh contrast in lighting through the trees.  However the pine and eucalyptus trees above the generator have been drying out horribly this year.  Adjacent neighbors have bamboo in their yards, a highly combustible plant which leaves Red Car Canyon a disaster waiting happen.  

Water your trees.