East Washington Street Lane Closures Slated for Tree Removal
February 27, 2012 - For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Ann DuBay: 707.524.8378, Cell Phone 707.322.8185
(Petaluma, CA) On March 6 and 7, the Sonoma County Water Agency will remove two large eucalyptus trees on East Washington Street between Sonoma Mountain Parkway and Maria Drive, requiring the temporary closure of one lane in each direction.
The trees are located on the Washington Creek flood control channel, which is owned and maintained by the Water Agency. Removal will require placing a large crane in the two west-bound lanes of East Washington Street, reducing the traffic flow from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction. Additionally traffic control and a detour will be in place on Maria Drive, near East Washington Street.
The non-native eucalyptus trees can be hazardous with branches prone to failure, particularly in large trees that have been “topped,” as appears to be the case with the two trees slated for removal. The practice of tree topping can result in weak branch attachments that increase the risk of branch failure.
“Removing these two non-native trees will increase public safety, while improving the health of the creek channel,” said Water Agency General Manager Grant Davis.
The trees have been monitored for several weeks to ensure that no nesting birds will be displaced by the tree removal.
The Water Agency owns, or has easements to maintain hydraulic capacity, on approximately 75 miles of engineered flood control channels. The channels are primarily located in the vicinity of Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma, and Sonoma. The Water Agency also has easements to maintain hydraulic capacity over approximately 100 miles of modified or natural channels.
For additional information, please contact Jon Niehaus, (707) 975-3999 or Jon.Niehaus@scwa.ca.gov.
The Sonoma County Water Agency is working to secure our future by investing in our water resources, community and environment. The Water Agency provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Visit us on the Web at www.sonomacountywater.org.