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About CARRQ

Our Mission

Citizens Advocating for Roblar Road Quality (CARRQ) is an all-volunteer group that has worked for more than 20 years to fight the development of a gravel mine on Roblar Road in west Sonoma County. After operating loosely as a grassroots organization for many years, in December 2009 CARRQ incorporated as a California public benefit organization to preserve the rural quality, agricultural and open space land along Roblar Road by opposing the County's latest attempt to develop a rock quarry and asphalt recycling operation there on land that surrounds the County's old landfill that is unlined, uncapped. and untested for toxins. We work to educate people in the County about the dangers the gravel mine and asphalt recylcing operation will have on our water resources, air quality, traffic safety, roadway wear and tear, and the impacts to natural resources that cannot be replaced if the quarry is allowed to operate for the next 20 years or more.

We are a group of Sonoma County residents who are concerned about the rural land use in the county.  There are a number of private projects that are for profit ventures that endanger the environment and create potential fiscal costs to Sonoma County taxpayers.

Our Board

Read the biographies for the all-volunteer CARRQ Board of Directors.

Our Membership

CARRQ's supporters include homeowners, ranchers, farmers, bicyclists, and environmentalists who live in the Roblar area, and hundreds of other people and organizations who care about protectinging our agricultural land against the quarry that will damage this land forever. Hundreds of CARRQ supporters successfully prevented the Board of Supervisors / Open Space District from using dedicated Open Space land as an alternate haul route for hundreds of gravel trucks per day.  CARRQ and our supporters continue to oppose the County/ Open Space District's "interpretation" of a tax-paid conservation easement on a rancher's land adjacent to the quarry site to create (mitigate for) habitat for tiger salamanders that will be dstroyed by the quarry operation.  This action will be a direct benefit to the quarry developer by saving him potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars.  To learn how you can help visit our Get Involved page.

See a partial list of our supporters and sign up to be one yourself!!!

Read Letters from some of our supporters.

Our Story

Our story began in the 1980's and is still continuing today. Below you'll find a synopsis of our history. For a detailed sequence of events visit our Quarry Overview page and read about Our Successes.

1980's

In the 1980’s a group of concerned citizens from Roblar and Mecham Roads, many of whom had children at Dunham School, formed an advocacy group opposed to a proposed gravel mine on Roblar Road. Knowing very little of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) regulations and Environmental Impact Reports, they successfully helped defeat proposals for two separate quarry projects before the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The group consisted of Ed Ryska, Richard Davis, Corey and Gerri Merrick, Robin and Berry Wienzveg, Bob and Elaine Carlson, Bill Maynard, Bill Taber, and many others from the community.

2001 - 2007

In 2001, John and Andrea Barella, former owners of North Bay Construction, purchased the project site and 758 acres next to it with the intent to build a rock quarry on the ranchland.  In 2002, the Barellas applied to the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (SCAPOSD)  to sell a conservation easement on the 758 acres of land to SCAPOSD to preserve its agricultural uses and prohibit commercial development on the land. In 2003, the Barellas applied to the County to develop the project and the long process to develop and review Environmental Impact Reports began and CARRQ refocused its efforts to stop the quarry project.  In 2004, knowing the developer's plan to to develop a quarry next door, the County did pay the Barellas $2.3 million in public taxpayer funds to preserve the 758 acres of pristine ranchland even though a quarry would be next door!  Later the Barellas sold their interest in the 758 acres to others but retained the portion of the land for the proposed quarry.  

2008 - 2010

From 2008 to 2010 the County produced Draft and Final Environmental Impact Reports (DEIR/FEIR) which failed to adequately describe the frequently changing project scope.  The reports were inadequate in many respects and in particular they failed to analyze the impact of the actual haul routes and roadway wear caused by 200-400 truck trips per day; failed to adequately analyze the impact to Americano Creek (that leads to the Americano Estuary) from road widening; failed to describe or analyze the health and safety impacts of asphalt recyclying activities that were added to the EIR later in its creation; and  failed to address impacts of the quarry project on air quality through contaminant PM (Particulate Matter) 2.5.

In 2010, the developer asked the County to let him use his neighbors' 758 acres of land protected by the conservation easement (supposedly "Protected Forever") to build an alternate haul route for the gravel trucks to avoid the cost of impacts to Americano Creek running along Roblar Road and to make it easier for him to mitigate the killing of California tiger salamanders (CTS)  found in the quarry footprint by using the neighbors' land for this purpose, too.  CARRQ and hundreds of other citizens successfully fought the County's attempt to allow the alternate haul route across the tax-paid open space land to enable the quarry's development. 

Ultimately, in December 2010, the Board of Supervisors (who also act as Directors of the SCAPOSD) allowed the conservation easement to be 'interpreted' for habitat mitigation despite this setting a dangerous precident, and they approved the quarry project with lame duck Supervisors Kerns and Kelley and Supervisor Valerie Brown voting 'yes'; Supervisors Efren Carrillo and Shirlee Zane voting 'no.'  The quarry project (as well as the Dutra Asphalt Plant in Petaluma) was pushed through for a decision by the end of the year 2010 so Kerns and Kelley could vote to approve it before they retired, despite the fact that the quarry cannot begin operation until at least 2015 when the Williamson Act contract over the property expires.

2011 - 2012

CARRQ initiated legal action against the County  Board of Supervisors in January 2011 signaling our intent to fight the project's EIR under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and to oppose the "interpretation" of the tax-paid conservation easement by the County and the Open Space District that will allow John Barella to use a neighbors land to mitigate against the killing of endnagered species. 

Go to Legal Issues to read current information about our legal actions to stop the Roblar Road quarry and oppose the developer's use of neighbors' land encumbered by a conservation easement for tiger salamander habitat mitigation.

We are still fighting!  Join us!