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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mountain Lake at the Presidio of San Francisco to be clean up.

For over 20,000 years the Ohlone the First People of San Francisco - camped around Mountain Lake and got its nourishment from this once pristine Lake.


Mountain Lake is situated at the Presidio of San Francisco which is a National Park Service is open to the public.


Around 1776 the Spanish came and with them brought their cattle and with the cattle and recklessness.


Slowly but surely polluted the surround area, away from the Lake and eventually the Lake - itself.


Near by at the Presidio for years the Lobos Creek ran freely and its spring water was used for drinking.


It still runs freely one of the few free flowing creeks - by 25th Avenue in San Francisco.


Another Spring is the El Polin Spring in the Middle of the Presido.


The Presidio has just completed a renovation of the El Polin Spring - destroying the ones natural surrounding - and creating a contemporary look - some common camping site.


The Presidio trust is a quasi-federal agency that was created by legislation led by Congressperson - Nancy Pelosi.


Around the year 2000 the Presidio Trust was given $150 million to upstart its rehabilitation of its buildings and other infrastructure. 


From the year 2003 - Congress continued giving the Presidio Trust $20 million every year and will until the year 2013 - when the Presidio Trust is slated to be self-sufficient.


Towards the tail end at this time starting around the year 2000 and ending in the year 2013 - the Presidio Trust is getting about $9.5 million to abate Mountain Lake that is very polluted.


Run off from the near by freeway and surrounding area - mostly oil contamination.


Near by neighbors have taken their dogs to use the lake and do what they do naturally. Others, over the year have dumped whatever they could into the Lake. 


Sounds horrible but it is the truth - couches, shopping carts, you name it they dumped it into the Lake.


The Lake once had fish and other life - now it is most devoid of life - mostly, because the toxicity is too much for any life to survive for any length of time.


The sludge at the bottom of the lake has been tested over the years - and found to be very, very toxic.


The Presidio Trust cannot be "trusted" no pun intended - they talk a good talk but cannot walk the walk.


All their projects are over budget. 


Some presentation is going to the be given to the General Public at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio - from 6 pm - January 25, 2012.


Those interest should go - those who want to learn more should go - it a nice way to know more about the Presidio of San Francisco.


The Presidio is a National Park and is open to all.


Mountain Lake nourished the Ohlone for over 20,000 years.


Then came the strangers in the year 1776 to ruin it all - what was once pristine is now contaminated and very polluted.