(Mountain View, Calif.) — On September 1, local leaders from environmental groups, technology companies and local government came together to break ground on the Charleston Retention Basin Project. With the first phase to be completed by Winter 2017, the project will reconfigure the basin and surrounding area to accommodate more native vegetation, improve bicycle and pedestrian access and connectivity to nearby pathways, and create a more pronounced buffer between recreation uses and protected species habitats.
The Charleston Retention Basin Project was originally designed in 1980 to capture stormwater runoff from the 360-acre area of North Bayshore properties and channel it into Stevens Creek. Since 1980, this City-owned property has become a designated wetland area, fitness trail, destination for birders, a natural hiatus for both LinkedIn and Google employees and has become an important part of some daily work commutes. “A lot has changed in Mountain View and North Bayshore since 1980,“ said Mountain View Mayor, Pat Showalter. “In response, a group came together, which was spearheaded by Google and included collaboration from the City and several environmental organizations in support for updating the site with both transportation and local ecological needs in mind.”
While the idea for the project began three years ago, City staff presented a report to the Mountain View City Council during the December 1, 2015 meeting, which included a letter of support for updating the basin from Google, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Committee for Green Foothills, California Native Plant Society and Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge.
"The Charleston Retention Basin project has been a great partnership between the City of Mountain View, environmental organizations and Google,“ said Google’s Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace Services, Mark Golan. “We're excited to break ground on it today, and look forward to seeing this terrific addition to the Mountain View community come to life."