Petaluma Mayor Teresa Barrett and council member D’Lynda Fisher are staunchly opposed to this project. The US Army Corps of Engineers, who built the $100 million dollar flood wall in the Payran area said, “Do not build upstream of the wall, it will degrade flood protections.” US Fish & Wildlife said this is rare and irreplaceable riparian habitat. The Audubon Society is hugely opposed saying, "This site is not appropriate for this massive development, and would destroy natural resources and ecological functions critical for wildlife and the public".
In the early 2000’s, Petaluma taxpayers paid out $28 million in flood losses because our City approved development in flood-prone areas. We simply can’t afford for this to happen again. Per Scripps Institute and the US Army Corps of Engineers, Sonoma County is #1 out of 11 Western States and 58 CA counties for flood losses, over $5 BILLION dollars, because we build infrastructure where we shouldn’t. Our City Council is making reckless decisions that benefit out-of-town developers instead of Petaluma citizens. We need to fix our roads and protect our precious natural assets, not spend our monies on flood losses.
We need to raise $45,000. These monies will be used expressly to pay the legal costs in this lawsuit to stop the destruction of these vital and priceless wetlands, preserve our river for public use, and ensure our taxpayer monies aren't used to bail out rich developers for flood losses. Please donate generously if you can!