Forward Landfill, south of Stockton
STOCKTON, CA - The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday on the idea of allowing the Forward Landfill near Stockton Metropolitan Airport to become 185 acres larger.
The San Joaquin Farm Bureau has made its opposition more than clear with a large ad that has run for days in local newspapers.
"185 acres of prime farmland next to an airport. Is this the appropriate location for a landfill?" asked Bureau Director Bruce Blodgett.
He stressed the danger of a larger landfill attracting birds that can present problems to planes flying into the airport.
But the owner of Forward, Allied Waste Services, doesn't believe that will be an issue. Allied Waste General Manager Kevin Basso said in 2010, by hiring a falcon to scare off birds, the danger had been resolved.
"We used to have a flock of nearly 500 seagulls that would hang around and eat every day. Now with the falconer here daily, we don't see seagulls," said Basso.
But Blodgett contends a larger landfill will also contaminate groundwater and compromise farmland.
Basso didn't return calls Monday to offer a response to those claims.
Because a land use commission has already recommended against the landfill, the expansion idea will need four of the five supervisors voting in favor.