News

October 4, 2012

Richmond Bay Campus Forum on Research and Science - October 4, 2012, 7:00-8:30PM
Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza
The City of Richmond and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will host a community forum to discuss the Long Range Development Plan for the new Richmond Bay Campus. Come join in a discussion and learn more about site planning and devleopment objectives for the Richmond Bay Campus.

September 6, 2012

Richmond Bay Campus Forum on Research and Science - September 6, 2012, 7:00-8:30PM
Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza
The City of Richmond and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will host a community forum to discuss the research and science that will be conducted at the new Richmond Bay Campus. Come join in a discussion and hear directly from LBNL and UC Berkeley researchers that will be preparing for the move to Richmond. 

August 31, 2012

Contractors for the City of Richmond will begin final import of clean soil for construction of the Meade Street Bypass project beginning around Wednesday September 5,2012. It is expected that 70 truck loads per day will be brought to the site and that the work will be completed by September 15. The City expects the final paving to be completed and the road to be open around October 15, 2012.

July 26, 2012

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in partnership with UC Berkeley will discuss the proposed LBNL second campus project at a community workshop on Thursday evening July 26, 2012 at the City of Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza. Doors open at 6:30 pm with presentations and discussion from 7:00- 8:30 pm.

July 23, 2012

Two site investigations are being scheduled at the RFS in the upcoming month.

Beginning Friday July 27 and continuing into the next week, environmental consultants for Lawrence Berkeley Natinal Laboratory (LBNL) will complete geotechnical borings at six locations at the RFS and at one location at the 3300 Regatta property. Cone Penetrometer Testing direct push and auger drill rigs will be on site for this work expected to take 3- 4 days.

March 16, 2012

A number of recently completed reports and DTSC comments and approval letters have been posted on the RFS Environmental Website's Technical Documents page (see link on left hand resourcs bar).

March 12, 2012

Updated, current versions of the Working at the RFS health and safety awareness training are available through links on this RFS Environmental Website.

Campus staff, faculty and students with Cal Net access should complete the training through the UCB Learning Center at blu.berkeley.edu. For instructions, see the About RFS page of this website.

Non-UCB staff, students, tenants, and visitors can take the training from the link on the Training page of this website.

November 22, 2011

In late October and early November environmental consultants for the University completed collecting soil samples for additional site characterization and closure of sixteen geosciences research groundwater monitoring wells no longer needed. The fall 2011 site characterization work involved collection of soil samples using a hand-auger and/or shovels to continue to address previously identified data gaps. Areas sampled included soil in the vicinity of power distribution transformers and the Corporation Yard. Well closure work was completed using a drill rig to destroy well casings.

September 22, 2011

Beginnining September 28, 2011, environmental consultants working for Cherokee Simeon Ventures, the property owners of the neighboring former Zeneca site, will install soil gas monitoring devices at four RFS buildings along the southeast property border with the Zeneca site.

September 2, 2011

The final sampling report for the first phase of groundwater monitoring in the wells installed in Fall 2010 incorporating DTSC comments has been placed on teh Techical Documents page of this website and is available at the following link: August 22, 2011 Final (Revision 1) Phase 1 Groudnwater Sampling Results Technical Memorandum

September 1, 2011

Another nesting sesaon (February 1- August 31) for the endangered California Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris obsoletus) has come to an end. Western Stege Marsh at the Richmond Field Station has had successful clutches of rails documented in past seasons and on August 26, 2011 a juvenile rail was observed at the Bay Trail crossing of Meeker Slough.

Early fall is a good time to observe rails in the Western Stege Marsh area as they emerge from nesting and begin to disperse for the winter. The best times to see the rails along Meeker Slough are at low tides near sunrise or sunset.

June 15, 2011

Beginning June 20, 2011, environmental consultants for Zeneca will be drilling borings to collect groundwater sampling in thirteen locations on the Zeneca site along the property boundary between the RFS and neighboring Zeneca property between Buildings 194 and 163. See the DTSC Work Notice for more information.

June 7, 2011

The final sampling report for the first phase of groundwater monitoring in the wells installed in Fall 2010 has been placed on teh Techical Documents page of this website and is available at the following link: Phase 1 Groundwater Sampling Results Technical Memorandum

April 27, 2011

The State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has issued a Work Notice that describes work to begin in the vicinity of the southeast parking lot of RFS B478 (Forest Products Laboratory) starting Wednesday May 4, 2011. Environmental Cconsultants working for the owners of the neighboring former Zeneca property will complete 12 additional soil borings as part of a treatability study.

April 11, 2011

The second round of groundwater monitoring of RFS groundwater monitoring wells installed in Fall 2010 will occur the weeks of April 11 and April 18, 2011. Water levels and samples for chemical analysis will be collected by campus consultants. Work is expected to take a week and a half.

December 10, 2010

UC Berkeley staff from the Office of Environment, Health & Safety captured more video of the endangered California clapper rail (Rallus longirostris obsoletus) in Western Stege Marsh at the Richmond Field Station on December 9, 2010. You can view the video on the Restoration Page or go directly to the Youtube link at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/karlclappereel#p/a/u/0/CqQP61zhR2g

October 28, 2010

Hydrogen Fueling Station Installation October- December 2010

August 23, 2010

Installation of 52 groundwater monitoring wells at the Richmond Field Station begun in July 2010 is mostly complete. Environmental consultants are now beginning groundwater sampling for chemical analysis. In addition, around seventeen exising research water wells that are no longer needed will be closed through gouting beginning in late August. For more information on the scope of work, see the July 19, 2010 news item below.

July 19, 2010

Environmental consultants for UC Berkeley will begin implemenation of the Final Phase 1 Groundwater Investigation Field Sampling Workplan (FSW) starting Friday July 23, 2010. The investigation includes installation of temporary groundwater monitoring wells and closure of existing research groundwater wells no longer needed. The current schedule calls for utility clearance to begin Friday July 23, 2010 and drilling to begin Monday July 26, 2010.

April 1, 2010

Beginning today, the RFS Environmental website has transferred its previous domain from rfs.berkeley.edu to the RFS Operations website. The new domain for the RFS Environmental website is rfs-env.berkeley.edu.

This switch was made to establish the RFS Operations website as the primary portal for all RFS acitivities and news, including environmental concerns. This website will still serve as a principal and current source for environmental news, monitoring data and resources.