Zone 7: Arroyo not a dumping ground

Debris can cause erosion, flooding

Boni Brewer, spokeswoman for Zone 7 Water Agency, sent us this photo of a couch and a mattress floating in the Arroyo Mocho.

Brewer said the water agency, which wholesales water to the city of Pleasanton, wants to call attention to problems that can be created when people dump unwanted items into the local arroyos.

"There are some serious ramifications to this kind of dumping, whether it was meant as a harmless prank or as a way to get rid of junk without going to the dump," she said. "Debris can cause bank erosion, flooding and interfere with stream gauging station readings, destroy habitat and divert public funds in this current economy."

The couch and mattress, which was located in the arroyo about 500 feet upstream from the Nob Hill Shopping Center off Santa Rita Road, are scheduled to be extracted by county crews called to come in for cleanup.

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2009 at 10:12 am

Who would dump a matress and sofa in the creek. That's really sad.

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Posted by ArroyoWalker
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 8, 2009 at 8:11 am

I know a little about this lovely piece of furniture. It was not dumped into the arroyo originally, but was sitting near the trail, where someone evidentally dropped it over the fence from the nearby apts. Then, some kids pulled it down to the water, where they thought it would be "fun." It was never floating, but nonetheless, not a very thoughtful place to dump one's discards.

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 8, 2009 at 8:17 am

SteveP is a registered user.

I, too, saw it near the apartments. Unfortuantely, we can only expect more of this type of behavior once the city is forced to build low income housing. (i.e-apartments, low income multiple units, subsidised housing)
The tenants of the new Pleasanton slums will forego the $20 trip to the dumps in lieu of spending the money on another case of beer. Another case of mistaken priorities and poor judgement.

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Posted by observant
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Oct 8, 2009 at 8:37 am

Oh STeve P - that is very judgemental of you. Stereotyping everyone who lives in low income housing as beer drinking people who dump their trash in public places. On the contrary, there are many very reposible citizens that live in low income housing, just as there are many irresponsible slobs that live in neighborhoods like yours. Not the majority, but they do exist. Have you walked down the arroyo lately behind parkside & valley trails to see what people dump over the fences?

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Posted by more liver please
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2009 at 10:02 am

It's not all about people's income. Shame on you for the snobby, elitist attitude. Wait until you or a loved one or friend run into hard times and then you will change your tune and be GRATEFUL there is low income housing as available for you, family or friends in need - rather than being homeless and calling the COUCH in the CREEK your home...

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Posted by Mr. Cheney
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Growing up in this town I have seen lots of things like this. In the Arroyo or in the downtown and all the way up into the backside of Shadow Cliffs area or "The Pits" as we used to call them. There are homeless poeple that build camps and use anything they can find to make their life a little more comfortable on their own terms. The picture is not of this type of a case but just info for those who might be interested on how this stuff gets were it does.

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Posted by Chuck
a resident of Valley Trails
on Oct 8, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I saw a bumper sticker today, which I think fits what we are TOO often reading here -- It said something like this:
"If only the closed minds were accompanied by closed mouths!"

Think about it----------for example, NOT every "wrong" is society is RACISM.

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm

A big thank-you to "more liver please"

I had a great laugh over your response to SteveP.


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