Stop the Northern Waterfront Initiative. Saturday, Aug. 15

Two Futures drawingThe Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative (NWEDI) would re-industrialize the coastline along the Carquinez Strait, heaping more environmental burdens on residents who already experience disproportionately high levels of asthma and cancer.  

Please join other concerned residents to learn more about the Northern Waterfront Initiative and an innovative, alternative vision that will be driven by our community!

Mr. Gary Craft, Principal of Craft Consulting Group, and Mr. Rich Seithel, Contra Costa County Chief, Annexations, and Economic Stimulus Programs, will make a presentation to community groups on the current state of the NWEDI. Following that, a coalition of community groups will present an alternative vision for the Northern Waterfront.

Community involvement is a key ingredient for shaping a sustainable and health future for this region. If you plan to attend, please register here, since lunch will be served.

About the Northern Waterfront Economic Initiative

A 75-page report prepared by the Craft Consulting Group, describes the Northern Waterfront as a once thriving manufacturing center that has been in decline since 2001. The Initiative, the report claims, would “revitalize” the region by supporting “a combination of traditional and new industries such as oil refineries, petro-chemical plants, metal fabrication, sugar processing, and life science firms. These existing industries represent the core from which to build a more vibrant and diversified regional economy that continues to innovate and attract new emerging industries…”.
- From Executive Summary. Download complete report.

The plan has numerous flaws. It includes no targets for renewable energy growth, no caps on cumulative emissions, and no goals for promoting a sustainable economy. Residents were not included in the crafting of the plan, although they are the ones who would bear the enduring assaults on their health and security.

Tanker at dockThe NWEDI is designed around highly polluting energy and manufacturing industries. Their operations and supply chains would affect Hercules, Martinez, Concord, Pittsburg, Antioch, and Oakley, as well as unincorporated Rodeo, Crockett, Port Costa, Mountain View, Vine Hill, Clyde and Bay Point. For example, the plan will study the feasibility of dredging deep channels through the Carquinez Strait for the passage of heavy shipping.

This event is sponsored by the the Sierra Club SF Chapter and
Bay Area Refinery Corridor Coalition (BARCC).


Community invitation and background paper (PDF)

Two Futures flyer  (PDF)

Contra Costa County, Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative
(County website. Links to the Northern Waterfront FactSheet, Atlas, and Report)

August 15, 2015 at 10am - 2pm
Nick Rodriguez Community Center
213 F St
Antioch, CA 94509
United States
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Tamhas Griffith · · 925-709-4295
Nick Despota Janet Scoll Johnson

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