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May 1, 2018

This Spring, East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) repaired some erosion on North Point Isabel (PI), the half of Point Isabel Regional Shoreline reached by the pedestrian bridge near Rydin Road. It is also installing a mesh fence along Hoffman Channel on that side to prevent erosion of the bank and keep people and dogs off dangerous boulders.

Both sides of the park are former dumps capped with several feet of clay. North PI is in a category of its own, however. Decades ago, it was a dumping ground for “lead-acid storage battery casings” and “other unspecified fill material,” according to a 1986 report by the California Water Quality Control Board. At least one park user still remembers clambering about back then on what appeared to be old car batteries along the edge of the mudflat.

Legend has it that North PI was a Superfund site, but that appears to be not true. However, the land owner, Santa Fe Land Improvement Company, was required to haul away tons of soil that was contaminated wi...

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