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November 27, 2017

Geotechnical Borings for NRLF Expansion the Week

Drillers and geotechnical consultants working for UC Berkeley will complete two geotechnical borings at the southwest side of the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) beginning on Monday November 27, 2017. The borings are being completed to collect data on subsurface geology for structural design of a planned NRLF expansion, known as Phase 4, in this location. Work is expected to take two to three days to complete borings to a depth of approximately 80 feet below the surface.

 

November 27, 2017

Corporation Yard Removal Excavations October 10 - November 1, 2017

This is a follow-up on the work notice for upcoming remediation work at the RFS Corporation Yard that was completed between October 10 and November 1, 2017. 


Based on environmental investigations at the RFS being conducted under a State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control Order, a Final Removal Action Workplan (RAW) was completed in 2014 describing soil and groundwater remediation that needs to be conducted in three portions of the RFS. The purpose of this action was to remove soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and metals in areas of the Corporation Yard and at one transformer location. The contamination is believed to have been cause by legacy leaks and spills of motor and transformer oils and other petroleum products from facilities operations. This action will lead to the  removal of approximately 150 cubic yards of soil to DTSC approved off-site locations. The work is being done to ensure that maintenance or construction workers are not exposed to contaminated soil during construction of future facilities in these locations. 


Beginning Tuesday October 10, 2017 a hazardous materials contractor working for UC Berkeley dug soil from twelve small locations using shovels and electrical demolition hammers. Soil was dug by hand used to avoid damaging shallow utility lines with some soil dug by back hoe once utiliies were located. The excavation areas range in volume from one to approximately 40 cubic yards and were no deeper than three and a half feet below the existing surface. Soil from the excavation pits was placed directing into cubic yard boxes or placed onto a backhoe for storage in a roll off bin. Work was completed on November 1.


All work was conducted under oversight by DTSC, with collaboration by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and by the campus Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S). For updates and current environmental news at the RFS, please go to the RFS Environmental Website at rfs-env.berkeley.edu. For any questions or more information, please contact EH&S at 510-6442-3073 or ehs-ep@berkeley.edu.

Map of Corporation Yard Excavation Areas link

 
   

July 31, 2017

Draft Phase V Sampling Results Technical Memorandum Western Stege Marsh

The draft technical report presenting sampling results collected from sediments in Western Stege Marsh in January 2017 is available on the Technical Documents of this website at this location.

 

May 24, 2017 DTSC Approval of April B478 Vapor Pin Report

Environmental consultants for the neighboring Campus Bay site installed a vapor pin in Richmond Field Station B478 in 2016 in order to sample soil vapor under the building. The sampling was required by the Department of Toxic Substances Control to determine if soil vapor under the building was impacted by increasing concentrations of vinyl chloride found in samples of groundwater from piezometer PZ-12 near the south end of B478. A soil gas sample collected through the vapor pin on January 31, 2017 found no detectable target volatile hydrocarbons. Based on the sampling completed the solvents detected in the groundwater do not pose a risk to the occupants of B478. The results of the sampling were published in an April 12, 2017 Technical Report by Terraphase. The report recommends no further sampling. The report was approved by DTSC on May 24, 2017.

 

May 19, 2017

Work Notice for Campus Bay Cap Maintenance

Weed abatement at the neighboring Campus Bay (former Zeneca) site will be completed on the capped Lot 3 portion of the property through the end of May. See the DTSC Work Notice for more information.

 
April 18, 2017 Soil Management Plan Revision 1 is available now on the Technical Documents page of the website.  

April 13, 2017 Next RFS Town Hall meeting

The next RFS Town Hall meeting is scheduled for 1:00-2:30 pm on Thursday April 13, 2017 in conference buidling B445.

See attached agneda.

 

March 29, 2017 Osprey Nest Cam in Richmond

Golden Gate Audubon Society has launed the Bay Area's first live Osprey nest cam!  Two high definition cameras allow for close up views of the Osprey pair ("Rosie" and "Richmond") and they incubate eggs and raise their young on top of a World War II crane in the Richmond inner harbor. Osprey's are often seen fishing in the Stege Marsh area or perching on poles at the Richmond Field Station and the individuals may be these birds or some of the others that have moved into the Richmond area.

To see the birds go to:  http://sfbayospreys.org/

 

For more information see the March 29 SF Gate article at: http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Osprey-love-nest-cam-keeps-an-eye-on-raptors-11034720.php or go to Golden Gate Audubon Society's website at https://goldengateaudubon.org/.

 

 

March 27-31, 2017 is Tsunami Preparedness Week in California

Tsunami Preparedness Week and the Richmond Field Station

Strange as it may seem, the Richmond Field Station marsh edge is a tsunami zone. While a significant tsunami is not as likely to happen along the Bay Trail at the RFS as it might be on coastal beaches, it is a possibility and therefore we are asking you to take some time to be aware of tsunami preparedness resources and to plan ahead in the event of a large earthquake.

 

(from http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/08/05/what-would-really-happen-if-a-tsunami-hit-san-francisco)

 

While a significant tsumani event leading to coastal inundation is rare in interior San Francisco Bay, the largest possible event could inundate portions of the Richmond Southeast Shoreline, including the Bay Trail and Western Stege Marsh at the Richmond Field Station. See the coastal inundation map for Richmond on the Restoration page Physical Environment section (at the bottom of the page).

                                                                                            

                                                                                    (Inundation areas are in red shade)

 

If you frequently use the Bay Trail for recreation, please be aware that a large distant source tsunami or a large earthquake on a local fault could lead to flooding of the Bay Trail and marsh edge of the Richmond Field Station. In the event of a large earthquake head back inland immediately to the developed portions of the RFS or Marina Bay

 

For more information on California's 2017 Tsunami Preparedness Week go to the following website coordinated by the National Weather Service, NOAA, USGS, Cal OES and other state and federal agencies.:

http://www.tsunamizone.org/california/

 
   

March 19, 2017

March 6, 2017 Sampling Results for Western Stege Marsh Near-Surface Sediment Samples January 18, 2017, Sampling Event, 

available.

Annual marsh monitoring conducted as part of RFS public health assessments have been completed since 2005.  This report provides a description of this year's sampling completed January 18, 2017.

 

January 11, 2017

Final Reports Available

Final 2016 Groundwater Sampling Results Technical Memorandum and Cover Letter.

Final Phase V Field Sampling Plan and Cover Letter. Note FSP V implementation will begin in January 2017 with collection of sediment and porewater samples from Western Stege Marsh.

 

 

May 23, 2016

Final Phase IV Field Sampling Results Technical Report Available

The final report for field sampling activities conducted in Fall 2014 is available on the Technical Documents page of this website, including the report without appendices (3.1 MB smaller size), full report with appendices (50.6 MB file) and DTSC review letter.

 

April 1, 2016

Annual Groundwater Monitoring to Begin April 4, 2016

Environmental consultants for both the University and for the neighboring Campus Bay property owners will commence annual site-wide Spring-time groundwater monitoring on both properties beginning Monday April 4, 2016. Work will take approximately a week and a half to complete.

The sampling plan for Round 8 of groundwater monitoring at the Richmond Field Station Site can be found at the Technical Documents page of this website along with the DTSC approval letter.

 

March 22, 2016

Tsunami Preparedness Week and the Richmond Field Station

(from http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/08/05/what-would-really-happen-if-a-tsunami-hit-san-francisco)

March 20- 26, 2016 is Tsunami Preparedness Week in California, coordinated by the National Weather Service, NOAA, USGS, Cal OES and other state and federal agencies.

While a significant tsumani event leading to coastal inundation is rare in interior San Francisco Bay, the largest possible event could inundate portions of the Richmond Southeast Shoreline, including the Bay Trail and Western Stege Marsh at the Richmond Field Station. See the coastal inundation map for Richmond on the Restoration page Physical Environment section (at the bottom of the page).

                                                                                            

                                                                                    (Inundation areas are in red shade)

 

If you frequently use the Bay Trail for recreation, please be aware that a large distant source tsunami or a large earthquake on a local fault could lead to flooding of the Bay Trail and marsh edge of the Richmond Field Station. In the event of a large earthquake head back inland immediately to the developed portions of the RFS or Marina Bay

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January 11, 2016

Final Ambient Metals Evaluation Technical Report Available

The technical memorandum for evaluation of four metals which occur naturally in BGC/RFS soils at concentrations greater than site-specific screening levels has been finalized and approved by DTSC. Copies of the report and DTSC approval letter can be found on the Technical Documents Page of this site, dated December 11, 2015.

 
   

November 2, 2015

2015 Final Groundwater Report Avaiable

The Final 2015 Groundwater Monitoring Technical Report for the RFS Site is now available on the Technical Documents Page. This report provides a description of water level measurements and chemical analyses reported for the fiscal year 2014-15 sampling which was the seventh round of groundwater sampling completing since started in 2010.

 
   

Next Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meetings held Second Thursday of the Month, 6:30- 9:00 p.m.
The Richmond Southeast Shoreline Area Community Advisory Group (CAG) is "a group of volunteer individuals who represent the compostion, diversity, and interest of the local community. The CAG provides an opportunity for affected and interested community members to openly learn, discuss and provide advice to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) regarding cleanup activities at the Zeneca and adjacent sites along the Richmond Southeast shoreline." (DTSC)

The CAG meets the second Thursday of each month from , 6:30- 9:00 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the "Multi-purpose room" in the newly remodeled Downtown Richmond Civic Center (address below).


CAG meetings are held the second Thursday of each month.

MEETING LOCATION:

The "Multi-purpose room" in the

newly remodeled Downtown Richmond Civic Center

440 Civic Center Plaza (between Nevin and Barrett Streets)

Richmond, CA 94804

Meetings held 6:30- 9:00 p.m

Directions:

The 440 Civic Center Plaza building can be accessed from the Civic Center Plaza (opposite the Memorial Auditorium) but may be easier from the 27th Street side where there is more parking. The 27th Street side entrance, which is clearly labeled, is between Nevin and Barrett Streets. On entering the lobby, check in with the security guard, who will activate the elevator to access the basement. Exit the elevator and walk straight through to the meeting room.

 

RFS CAG Staff Representative:

The RFS CAG staff representative is Maggie Lazar. Maggie can be reached by email at mpaul@berkeley.edu or by telephone at (510) 665-3411.
 
   
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