Three of the waste isolation cells under construction at northwestern tip of Alameda Point.  A total of 15  cells, each one separated by a wall behind the face of the barrier, will be constructed here.

August 28, 2014

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Shoreline contamination barrier under construction at NW tip of Alameda Point

The Navy began embedding a steel barrier along several hundred feet of the western shoreline of Alameda Point during the week of August 18. The purpose of the barrier is to contain contaminated ash and burn waste material that was bulldozed into the Bay some 60 years ago and is now overlain with silt. The […]

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West Wetland Site 2 Alameda Point

July 25, 2014

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Environmental cleanup reaches milestones as work continues

The Seaplane Lagoon’s north side will be looking like its old self in a few months. The Navy has begun dismantling the waterproof concrete-walled containment system that was used for three years for dewatering and testing of soil dredged from the Seaplane Lagoon, marking a major cleanup milestone. Prior to that dredging work, much of […]

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Dragon boats racing at Seaplane Lagoon, Alameda Point

July 15, 2014

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Dragon boat, canoe races held at Alameda Point

Alameda Point’s Seaplane Lagoon was the site of two days of boat races on the weekend of July 12-13.  The two-day event was sponsored by the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association and the California Dragon Boat Association.  Saturday was for the outriggers, and Sunday was for the dragon boats. The Seaplane Lagoon was also the launch […]

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American Avocets on wetland area of Nature Reserve zone of federal property.

July 6, 2014

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Wetland park plan at Seaplane Lagoon gets a boost

It’s more likely a new wetland will be created on the western shoreline of the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point, thanks to lobbying efforts led by the Sierra Club. On July 1, 2014, the Alameda City Council added language to the Alameda Point Town Center and Waterfront Specific Plan that raises the commitment to remove […]

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June 15, 2014

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Ospreys nesting at Alameda Point interrupted again in 2014

Osprey with nesting material Alameda Point 2014

In early June a pair of returning ospreys looked ready for the day in their newly made nest atop a parking lot light pole at Alameda Point, but they had no chicks to attend to. The pair’s first nest this season — on a nearby ship — had been removed during construction.  Their second attempt […]

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June 7, 2014

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Shoreline grassland, wetland: An opportunity now at Alameda Point

West side of Seaplane Lagoon, looking northeast from shoreline riprap, with lagoon and hangars in background.

The city’s west side of the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point is mostly pavement – acres of it – with a few old buildings abutting a wetland on the federal property. The city claims its long-range plan for this area features a conversion to a wetland habitat, but their only commitment is to continue leasing […]

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June 5, 2014

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Black-crowned Night Heron Juvenile – Gallery and Video – Spring 2014

Black-crowned Night Heron juvenile foraging - Alameda Point

A Black-crowned Night Heron adult and its juvenile offspring were spotted along the south shoreline of Alameda Point during May and June of this year.  The juvenile was seen foraging for food on the shoreline, as well as using the old dock for a resting area.  Use of the old dock by a wide variety […]

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May 9, 2014

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Groundwater solvent cleanup will use cheese whey and veggie oil to feed natural bacteria

OU 2B cleanup area Alameda Point Town Center

A Navy contractor will be cleaning up groundwater in part of the Town Center area next to the Seaplane Lagoon by injecting a solution of cheese whey, emulsified vegetable oil and water into nearly 200 wells that go down between 30 and 40 feet. The whey and vegetable oil will cause natural bacteria to flourish […]

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April 28, 2014

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Phony green shoreline park plans for Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point

De-Pave Park site

The drawing and images for the so-called “De-Pave Park” on the western side of the Seaplane Lagoon would be something to cheer about if the park had any chance of ever being created. The text of the city’s recently released Town Center and Waterfront Plan, however, allows existing industrial buildings along the western edge of […]

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April 19, 2014

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Least tern nesting area refurbished and ready for 2014 at Alameda Point

April 13, 2014 work party, with Port of Oakland in background.

The 9.7-acre nesting area for the endangered California least terns at Alameda Point received a new layer of sand this year. Sixty dump truck loads of sand were delivered to the site on the old Navy airfield in March, paid for by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). After the sand was moved into […]

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April 6, 2014

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Developers being sought for 150-acre gateway to Alameda Point

West Atlantic Avenue on Alameda Point, looking west toward San Francisco.

The city council will consider a staff proposal on April 15 to begin a major construction effort at the eastern entryway to Alameda Point, formerly known as the East Gate. The proposal seeks approval to solicit qualified developers for two parcels totaling 150 acres that would bring 800 new homes and a major sales tax […]

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