No Dutra Asphalt Plant – Your Letters to Water Quality Control Board Needed Now

Image courtesy of the Friends of Shollenberger Park

Joan Cooper and David Keller of the Friends of Shollenberger Park have just shared this urgent call to action. Please take a moment to contact the officials below with your concerns over the possible construction of a pollution-spewing asphalt plant at the gateway to Petaluma and the North Bay. The people of Petaluma don’t want it there. The City of Petaluma doesn’t want it there. Would someone please remind us why the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and especially Efren Carrillo allowed this project to proceed? No Dutra!







View of the approximate site of the Dutra Asphalt Plant from Shollenberger Park. Image courtesy of Petaluma photographer Scott Hess.

Letters to SFBay Regional Water Quality Control Board – Deadline NOON – OCTOBER 31st!!

Dear Friends of Shollenberger and all Supporters of the Petaluma Wetlands, Shollenberger Park and all citizens who value our wetlands make your voice heard,

Please write a letter to the SFBay Regional Water Quality Control Board to ask that they deny Dutra Materials’ application for federal required permits for their asphalt factory on the banks of the Petaluma River.

Deadline for Public Comment is TUES OCT 31 NOON- so write and send your letter ASAP. Below is a sample letter and the recipients.

Please feel free to condense, use your experiences and thoughts and language, adapting to and adding your own priorities.

After 9 years of opposition from the citizens of Petaluma and their representatives, it is still the “WRONG PLANT IN THE WRONG PLACE.”

Thanks for you help,
Joan Cooper and David Keller Friends of Shollenberger

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SUBJECT: Application by Dutra Haystack Asphalt Plant Project,
Petaluma, for Water Quality Certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

TO: Xavier Fernandez, SFBayRWQCB
Fred Hetzel, SFBayRWQCB
TO: LTC John C. Morrow, Commander, USACE San Francisco District
cc: Brian Matsumoto

Comments on Dutra Haystack Asphalt Plant Alternatives Analysis, Sept. 29, 2017

October 27, 2017

Dear Mr. Fernandez, Mr. Hetzel, LTC John C.Morrow, Commander, and Mr. Matsumoto:

I am a concerned citizen and am writing to ask you to reject Dutra Materials application for Water Quality Certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. The proposed factory will negatively impact the Petaluma River and Wetlands. It does not belong across the river from our CIty’s most popular park, Shollenberger Park. It will endanger the Petaluma Marsh habitat, one of the largest remaining, relatively intact salicornia (high-elevation) marshes left on California’s coast, which has been restored at great expense by taxpayers.

1) Dutra failed to provide important and compelling evidence and data necessary for the RWQCB to analyze and legally confirm their Petaluma site as the “Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative” as was requested in the SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB)’s letter of Nov. 10, 2016.

2) Dutra has still not established that there is an unmet need for
additional asphalt production.

3) Asphalt production is not water dependent, and should be located away from children, homes, and sensitive environments. The Alternative Sites study area needs to be expanded to the 2-3 hour drive time hot and warm asphalt require for delivery. The study must explore non water adjacent sites. There are over 20 viable asphalt factories in the market area that do not employ water delivery of aggregate. Water delivery for Dutra is only a preference.

4) Docking additional Dutra barges at Shamrock’s dock will potentially block the federal channel, endangering kayaks, rowers, and preventing boats from safely reaching the Turning Basin.

Concerned community members, elected officials, and non-profit
organizations have opposed the project for over 13 years. Asphalt production on the banks of The Petaluma River in the 100 year flood plain poses the risk of destroying this sensitive wetlands habitat. Events like flood and fire are occurring more frequently. Dutra’s chosen site will deliver irremediable destruction should fire erupt at this site or flood carry its toxic by-products into the river.

Please reject this application and rule that the LEDPA is “no project”.


(INSERT your name and address here)


LETTER to Congressman Huffman

Oct. 27, 2017

Dear Congressman Huffman:

Please help us save the Petaluma Wetlands and Shollenberger Park from the odious impacts of the proposed Dutra Materials asphalt factory. I have sent a letter to the permitting agencies and request your support.


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