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

April 19, 2014

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

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

April 6, 2014

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Developers being sought for 150-acre gateway to Alameda Point

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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March 3, 2014

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Shoreline public access plan approved for Veterans Affairs property

Western shoreline, Alameda Point, future VA property

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) gave its approval for the shoreline access provisions of the Veterans Affairs’ (VA) project at Alameda Point at its January 16, 2014 meeting.  The VA submitted plans that include a public road with sidewalk and bike lane leading to the western shoreline, a one-acre parking and […]

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December 30, 2013

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Ferry Maintenance Facility Shoreline Public Access Hearing

WETA artist's drawing - Alameda Point

A public hearing is scheduled for January 6, 2014 in San Francisco to take comments on the proposed facility for Bay ferries at Alameda Point.  It is the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Design Review Board’s first hearing to determine if the project complies with guidelines for ensuring maximum public shoreline access, preserving scenic […]

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December 12, 2013

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Bird Life at Alameda Point – Fall 2013

Cooper's Hawk

Featured here is a sampling of the wide variety of birds that enjoy the Alameda Point environment, from the wooded residential neighborhood and wooded parkland, to the shoreline, to the wide open runway area.  Most notable of recent sightings is the Golden Eagle, which has been seen off and on for at least a year […]

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November 21, 2013

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Alameda Point VA Project – Final Environmental Assessment Released

Columbarium in foreground, clinic/office building in background.  Looking east, with Oakland Estuary on left.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Navy jointly issued their final Environmental Assessment on November 18, 2013 for the VA’s proposed Alameda Point outpatient clinic, offices, and columbarium cemetery.  The report found that the 112-acre project on the northern part of the former Naval Air Station airfield would cause no significant impacts to […]

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November 2, 2013

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Brown pelicans of Alameda’s Breakwater Island – September 2013

Brown pelicans of Breakwater Island, Alameda

Breakwater Island runs along the south side of the Alameda Point Channel.  It was officially transferred from the Navy to the City of Alameda in June of 2013.  It is the largest night roosting site for California brown pelicans in San Francisco Bay.  During the warm months, hundreds of pelicans can be seen on the […]

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October 26, 2013

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Landfill landscaping on Nature Reserve – Update October 2013

Site 2 aerial looking north

Landscaping of the 100-acre landfill area on the southwest corner of Alameda Point is nearing completion.  The seeding of the landfill site with flowering native grasses is almost ready to begin.  Contouring of the site is complete.  Stabilization of the shoulder around the wetland area is complete.  Placement of the final soil cover is underway. […]

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October 10, 2013

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Parkland and housing land coming soon from the Navy

Estuary Park meadow

Located between Alameda Point and Alameda Landing (where the new Target store has opened) is the Navy property known as North Housing.  After years of low-key planning efforts, the city will soon be the recipient of a beautiful new park, and eventually see over 400 new affordable and market rate housing units, including 90 Housing […]

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September 29, 2013

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Radium-impacted drain line becomes regulatory cleanup headache

Building 5 and 400 on West Tower Avenue, Alameda Point

The Industrial Waste Line of Operating Unit 2C All of the drain lines containing radium-226 paint waste at Alameda Point have either been removed, cleaned, or are scheduled to be cleaned or removed, except for one:  The Industrial Waste Line in the hangar area where aircraft dials were painted.  This drain line was installed in […]

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September 11, 2013

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Hawks on the Nature Reserve at Alameda Point

Red-tailed Hawk #3 Alameda Point

Red-tailed Hawks are regular visitors to the Nature Reserve on the former airfield at Alameda Point.  The Northern Harrier, another type of hawk, also visits the reserve, but are fewer in number and harder to spot.   Red tails and harriers both like the wide open space and grassland where they hunt for prey, but […]

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September 1, 2013

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Ospreys’ nesting effort draws competition atop maritime ship

Osprey landing on Callaghan nest 2013

The ospreys returned to Alameda Point again in 2013 to nest, but not at their previous nesting site on the old light stand at the entrance to the Seaplane Lagoon.  This year they settled atop one of the towering kingposts holding a cable and boom hoist on the maritime ship Admiral William Callaghan.  Unfortunately, a […]

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