DEIR comment follow-up
San Pedro Creek and the steelhead that spawn in that creek are important consideration to members of the Planning Commission and to local environmentalist who attended the 6/20/11 meeting. Other San Pedro Creek issues included cliff erosion and pollution, wetlands delineation and mitigation, set-back from the creek, visual characteristics to and from neighborhood properties, traffic, noise, pollutants in building the project, room/bathroom circulation design, and adequacy of the report itself.
From the City of Pacifica website regarding, the Steelhead trout. "Steelhead come up San Pedro Creek to spawn between December and March. Like salmon, they unerringly return from the ocean to the stream of their birth to mate. They're handsome fish, large and gunmetal gray, with a silvery stripe on the side and a white underbelly. Upon arriving, the female digs nests in the clean gravel by turning on her side and swimming rapidly. Once the eggs are deposited and fertilized, the parents return to the ocean.
In approximately fifty days, the eggs hatch. The fry wriggle their way to the surface where they hide among the overhanging plants and school up for safety. Once they attain six inches or so, they're ready to try the open sea. In the summer, you may see a few hardy souls heading downstream toward San Pedro Beach. A small number of steelhead never leave their streamside home. These stay quite small and resemble rainbow trout with red side strips and numerous black spots.
San Pedro Creek is one of the few remaining steelhead streams in San Mateo County. Elsewhere, the habitat for this fish has been destroyed by urbanization, flood control and silt from logging. Pacifica's trout population is severely depleted and was nearly wiped out a few years ago when a chlorine spill, probably from an emptying swimming pool, poisoned the stream and killed thousands of fish."
Individuals in attendance associated with the Chamber of Commerce and others spoke in favor of the project, whereas the local environmentalists well you know.
Posted by Kathy Meeh