Ukiah Wastewater Plant- access ruled
- Greetings Mendobirders: Those of you have birded at the Ukiah Wastewater
Treatment Plant the last 3 weeks have noticed a big change: all the gates
at the east end of the oxidation ponds which provided access to the Russian
River have been locked. Thanks to some very diplomatic negotiations by
Barbara Dolan of the Peregrine Audubon Chapter, the issue of access to the
river has been resolved. Barbara has asked me to post this note of
explanation on mendobirds, and to emphasize the importance of following the
requested checking in procedures. Thanks!
The Ukiah Wastewater Treatment Plant Changes: The UWTP is one of the jewels
for birding interior Mendocino County. Not only do locals enjoy it as a
haven but fellow Birders also drop by from afar. One of the big changes
that has occurred is the rebuilding of a chain link fence with locked gates
at the River edge. This change has occurred to provide protection of the
Pond Habitat and Wildlife and we can be helpful by being aware of the
purpose. The Wastewater Treatment Supervisor, Jerry Gall, and the
Operators want us to have knowledge and access to the Ponds for
Birding. They realize in their hospitality to us that the Pond areas are
crucial for birding pleasure and that they have a role for passerines,
waterfowl, raptors, and shorebirds as a place to land, feed and restore as
the birds go back and forth to their breeding and winter grounds.
There are new hours from 7:30AM to 3:30PM. The UWTP Staff are
supportive of Birders having access. They ask that on arrival we each sign
in , thus a sign-in board has been established. The sign-in board will be
located inside the office building which is the building to your left
(north) as you enter the parking area. The sign in list requires "a check"
that you have left the premises. Jerry Gall wants to keep track of numbers
of birders as 'a positive'. For access to the riparian edge, the
operators will unlock the lock of one gate during their open
hours. Please follow this process of access. Leave the gate closed.
We really appreciate the consideration we are being provided and we
appreciate the staff want to be protective of the wildlife.
Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
1550 Deerwood Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482
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