Caltrans Work in Niles Canyon Halted by Alameda Creek Alliance Lawsuit

The Alameda Creek Alliance has ample reason to be miffed about CalTrans‘ plans for Niles Canyon, as we explained in our April 2011 Eco Watch story “Destroying Alameda Creek.” In short, CalTrans’ road-widening project would destroy wildlife habitat throughout the canyon through the removal of hundreds of mature native trees and the construction of retaining walls and riprap banks along the creek. Jeff Miller, director of the Alameda Creek Alliance, worried that the project would jeopardize a decade’s worth of efforts to restore the creek’s steelhead trout run. At the time he warned a lawsuit could be in the works — and it turns out he wasn’t bluffing.

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