Castro Valley Forum | March 22, 2017
The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) announced last week that it has purchased a key piece of land in the East Bay hills which will help keep a source of Castro Valley’s drinking water clean for decades to come.
The Upper San Leandro Reser- voir made front-page news earlier this year when – nearing capacity from January’s storms – it was opened to allow runoff in order to avoid damage to the Lake Chabot Dam. That sent San Leandro Creek surging over its banks and ooding Redwood Canyon Golf Course in Castro Valley. Most Castro Valley residents will soon be seeing increases in their utility bills now that PG&E has raised its rates and also adjust- ed its tiered pricing model. The district partnered with the non-pro t John Muir Land Trust to purchase the 604-acre Carr Ranch – just outside of Moraga – for $7 million, $4.5 million of which came from EMBUD. + More
Lamorinda Weekly | March 22, 2017
With a backdrop of rolling green hills, local dignitaries, EBMUD officials and representatives of the John Muir Land Trust officially celebrated the preservation of Carr Ranch, the large expanse of land just beyond Rancho Laguna Park.
The 604 acres owned by the Carr Ranch for 103 years is not just going to be used for pristine hikes, but as a valuable watershed for Lamorinda residents. "Delivering high quality drinking water to our customers relies on EBMUD's commitment carefully managing our watershed lands," said Richard Sykes, director of Natural Resources for EBMUD. He said his staff worked for more than eight years to create a first-ever conservation bank on EBMUD land in Pinole, which provided the funding to purchase the Carr Ranch land. He thanked the John Muir Land Trust for the "historic solution" that permanently preserves a total of 1,000 acres of watershed land. + More
East Bay Times | March 20, 2017
MORAGA — Acres of lush ranchland preserved by a unique partnership between a public agency and a conservation group was on dazzling display recently.
On March 15, representatives from the East Bay Municipal Utility District and John Muir Land Trust — joined by Moraga Mayor Teresa Onoda — toured the 604-acre Carr Ranch property EBMUD recently purchased from the Land Trust to help protect the Upper San Leandro Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to thousands of East Bay residents.
The former cattle ranch is being permanently preserved as watershed land, which will be managed by EBMUD. The John Muir Land Trust will oversee recreational use of the land, including hiking and wildlife viewing. + More
MORAGA, CA -- John Muir Land Trust and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) celebrated the launch of their partnership to preserve Carr Ranch by hosting community leaders, elected officials, supporters and stakeholders for a morning event that ended with hikes to view the property. This unique partnership is protecting vital watershed land that is an important local source of high-quality drinking water for East Bay residents.
JMLT and EBMUD signed a Conservation Agreement in late 2015 to protect the property in perpetuity. Under this agreement, EBMUD’s role is to preserve the watershed on the property, protect wildlife habitat, maintain open spaces and natural scenery, and preserve historical ranching heritage. JMLT will manage permanent public access to Carr Ranch for light recreation such as hiking, wildlife viewing, on-leash dog walking and equestrian activities.
Carr Ranch will open to the public in late 2017.
John Muir Land Trust Press Release | November 22, 2016
MARTINEZ, CA — John Muir Land Trust ( JMLT) announces Carr Ranch is saved. The 604-acre cattle ranch will be permanently protected in partnership with East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). Adjacent to the Town of Moraga, the property will be preserved as watershed land, essential wildlife habitat and open space for public enjoyment. An outpouring of donations from individuals, foundations, agencies and corporations reached the $7 million project goal needed to acquire the private property from the Carr family, who have owned the land for over a century. Contributing $4.5 million toward the purchase, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) will hold title to the property, and JMLT will provide public access and recreation.
John Muir Land Trust and EBMUD have signed a Conservation Agreement to protect the property in perpetuity. Under this agreement EBMUD’s role is to preserve the watershed on the property, protect wildlife habitat, maintain open spaces and natural scenery, and preserve historical ranching heritage. JMLT will manage permanent public access to Carr Ranch for light recreation such as hiking, wildlife viewing, dog walking and equestrian activities.
The undeveloped Carr Ranch property provides habitat for endangered reptiles and amphibians — and for large animals such as deer, American badger, golden eagle, and mountain lion. Its creeks and streams drain into the Upper San Leandro Reservoir, and from there into the homes of tens of thousands of East Bay families. Carr Ranch exempliﬁes the best of Contra Costa landscapes, an area known for some of the most beautiful scenery in the region. Terrain varies from hillsides and ridge tops to meadows and bottomlands; and the vegetation from coastal live oak and riparian woodlands to coastal scrub and annual grasses.
“We couldn’t have hoped for an outcome that better serves the public’s need for permanent protection and access to this spectacular natural landscape,” said Linus Eukel, Executive Director of John Muir Land Trust. Carr Ranch is an essential addition to the large protected area created by the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness and nearby watershed lands owned by EBMUD that drain into the Upper San Leandro Reservoir. Continued Eukel, “Carr Ranch offers spectacular views and clean drinking water that will beneﬁt East Bay families for generations to come. And of course, permanently preserving critical wildlife habitat means that current residents — including threatened and endangered species — will beneﬁt as well.” + More
East Bay Municipal Utility District | December 2, 2016
The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) announced a partnership today that saves 604-acres of gorgeous Lamorinda land for future generations.
The EBMUD Board of Directors voted unanimously and enthusiastically today to approve $4,469,600 to purchase the Carr Ranch property. The vote formalizes a partnership between EBMUD and JMLT to acquire the 604-acre cattle ranch from the Carr family, which has owned the land for over a century. Adjacent to the Town of Moraga and surrounded on three sides by EBMUD-owned lands within the Upper San Leandro watershed, Carr Ranch will be permanently preserved as watershed land, essential wildlife habitat and open space for public enjoyment. + More
East Bay Times | November 25, 2016
MORAGA — Nearly a square mile of scenic grazing land and oak forests in the Moraga hills is being purchased as a pollution buffer to protect a major East Bay drinking water reservoir and provide public hiking areas.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District agreed this week to spend $4.5 million to buy the 604-acre Carr Ranch from the John Muir Land Trust in an unusual partnership deal between the conservation group and public water supplier for 1.4 million people.
The water district will own and maintain the land to manage wildlife and protect against pollution and silt runoff into the Upper San Leandro Reservoir, a major drinking water source for EBMUD customers on the west side of the Oakland-Berkeley hills.
The Martinez-based land trust will manage the land to provide low-key recreation such as hiking, wildlife viewing and enjoying scenic views of San Francisco and Suisun bays. + More
Mercury News | Update April 28, 2016
DEAR JOAN: You've generously added your voice to our call for donations to help preserve Carr Ranch, a stunning 604 acres of beautiful natural habitat in the Upper San Leandro Watershed near Moraga. I am so pleased to report that we've reached the goal of $100,000 we asked of your readers a month and a half ago. + More
Joan Morris Column: Carr Ranch is Saved | The Mercury News | December 6, 2016
Carr Ranch Saved | Lamorinda Weekly | November 30, 2016
EBMUD acquires 604-acre Carr Ranch for $4.47 million, will open to hikers | KRON4 | November 25, 2016
Saving Carr Ranch by Joan Morris | Mercury News | March 27, 2016
Gala to Give Glimpse of Carr Ranch Property | Lamorinda Weekly | April 20, 2016
$25,000 challenge grant issued in Carr Ranch campaign | Mercury News | April 7, 2016
Town Makes $10,000 Donation to Carr Ranch | Lamorinda Weekly | April 6, 2016
Moraga OK's $10,000 donation toward open space | East Bay Times | March 30, 2016
Town of Moraga Gives $10,000 To John Muir Land Trust to Preserve Nearby Carr Ranch | Press Release | March 24, 2016
Help preserve important, pristine open space near Moraga | East Bay Times | March 13, 2016
600-Acre Carr Ranch to Become Public Open Space | Lamorinda Weekly | June 17, 2015
Muir conservation group to buy and preserve 600 acres near Moraga | Contra Costa Times | May 28, 2015
John Muir Land Trust | Community Focus | June 2, 2015
MORAGA: Carr Ranch Saved From Development; Cows Breathe Easier | News24-680 |
May 28, 2015