HISTORY OF LAKE MERCED TASK FORCE
In August 1999 San Francisco
Beautiful and Friends of Lake Merced hosted a meeting of Lake Merced advocates. All
agreed that the growing public alarm over Lake Merced's rapid deterioration
must be addressed, and that a comprehensive stewardship program was needed
to address it's sustainability as one of San Francisco's most valuable natural
and recreational areas.
San Francisco Beautiful, Friends of Lake Merced, and San Francisco State University
took the lead in forming the Lake Merced Task Force (LMTF). With the
endorsement of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the SF Recreation
and Park Commission, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representatives
of over 30 Task Force affiliates, including environmental organizations, neighborhood
associations, recreational groups, educational institutions, government agencies,
and elected officials began work in February 2000.
TASK FORCE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
The Task Force consists of three
administrative and three technical committees. These committees work
independently and together to meet the goals stated in the Initial Report
and Stewardship Proposal which was adopted by the full task force in June
Membership and Member Relations:
To encourage further neighborhood associations and other civic organizations
to join the task force.
To develop, maintain, and use tools for communication to and between all
members of the task force and task force committees.
To find resources (money through grants), logistic support (meeting venues,
etc, and contributions in kind, etc that will support the work of all
committees of the task force.
To get out the word on work of the Task Force through press releases, editorials,
op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, etc.
Create, enhance, and maintain a working web site for the Task Force and
all committees of the Task Force.
To study the recreational potential of Lake Merced and help bring
that potential to fruition.
To study the natural habitats of Lake Merced and help preserve, restore,
and enhance the diversity of those habitats.
To study the cause for the decline in the water level of Lake Merced and
look for solutions to halt the decline.
Function to encourage all stakeholders and regulatory entities to work
to restore Lake Merced
Subcommittees and working groups will be
formed as needed to work on specific plans and projects.
The Steering Committee is formed
from representatives of all other committees and members-at-large and provides
a proactive coordinating role and acts as the conduit for the exchange of
information to and from the Task Force.