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Guest Opinion -- Shadow Cliffs: A microcosm of California's water complexities

Original post made on Jan 26, 2023

Shadow Cliffs Lake is an example of California's challenges in managing water resources. Our state is affected by long-term droughts and unpredictable weather patterns, making water management difficult...

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Posted by resident
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jan 26, 2023 at 7:12 am

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Sure the water issues are impacting the lake and beach area but what about the grounds? EB Parks has let the park become an overgrown mess. Weeds everywhere, little to no maintenance happening. Del Valle is not much better. I have been going to del valle for over 20 years. It used to be a jewel of the east bay, now its full of toxic algae along with the poor upkeep and decimation of the fishing there due to invasive Striped bass being pumped in from delta. I stopped using EB parks facilities even though they are so close to me. Go to a few East Bay MUD lakes to see the differences and how a park system works when managed well.

Posted by resident
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jan 26, 2023 at 7:14 am

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one more item:
"Today, Shadow Cliffs is popular for outdoor activities such as picnicking, hiking and birdwatching. The park features a new interpretive pavilion with an impressive 3D relief of the Alameda Creek Watershed area"

no , its not popular... it used to be years back but no, not popular at all.

Posted by Mike Bobosky
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 2, 2023 at 1:19 pm

Mike Bobosky is a registered user.

RE Shadow Cliffs.
I have been going since it was made a park in the early 70's and before.
Because of the drought conditions we have cant be an excuse. This lake was filled with patrons year after year for many years.
I have never seen this lake in 40 + years down 12+ feet?
There is not a single dock or ramp anywhere near the water.
I get it with the "aquifers" being low, but you cant fill them by rushing water through our area.
If Del Valle can fill in 1 month for storage, why cant Shadow Cliffs get a foot.
The Arroyo is higher than I have ever seen it, rushing water just a few feet below all the overpasses that get it to the 680 freeway wash.

At Shadow cliffs NOBODY is going there.....
Maybe some dog walkers. No picnics, no swimmers, no kids, no bikers. Nobody at the new pavilion?
No fisherman, there are no fish??
A bunch of unused rental boats?
Gotta be yearly insurance?
I would guess the budget for maintenance has not gone down for Shadow cliffs??
What do the workers have to say about the current state of the park?

The park district has to be completely upside down here at Shadow Cliffs.
What happened with the EARPD surplus we had a few years back?
More importantly, what is in the 2023 plan?

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