November 1, 1999

Traci Tesconi, Planner III
Permit and Resource Management
2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, California 95403

Re: Petaluma Mushroom Farm - Supplemental Information

Dear Ms. Tesconi,

At the recent hearing regarding the proposed expansion of the Petaluma Mushroom Farm, the Commissioners inquired into the past impacts to Marin Creek from the Mushroom Farm's operations. Since the hearing, BayKeeper was able to secure copies of the photographs and a water sample analysis relied upon, in part, by the District Attorney's office in its recent enforcement action against Petaluma Mushroom Farm for its pollution discharges into Marin Creek. San Francisco BayKeeper believes that the photos and analytical results demonstrate the significant impacts that the Mushroom Farm has had on Marin Creek in the past. Indeed, in my over ten years of advocacy on behalf of the Bay and its watershed, this is the first time I am aware of a local creek being literally cauterized by animal waste.

BayKeeper respectfully requests that the enclosed photos and laboratory analysis be circulated to the commissioners for their consideration and to assist them in resolving any questions they have regarding the potential impacts of the proposed project. If you have any questions, please give me a call at (415) 561-2299 x. 15:

Michael Lozeau
San Francisco BayKeeper

fax 415 561 2290
www. sfbaykeeper. org
Presidio Building 1004
PO Box 29921
San Francisco, CA 94129-0921

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