Prosecute Vandals Who Wasted Millions of Gallons of Drinking Water

Target: Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley

Goal: Prosecute vandals who destroyed dam and released millions of gallons of water into ocean.

Millions of gallons of drinking water burst into San Francisco Bay after vandals destroyed a dam on a creek in Fremont, California. The crime is currently under investigation and authorities are trying to determine what the motive was behind it. Urge Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to charge the suspected vandals with a felony once they are apprehended.

Alameda Creek was once home to a large inflatable dam that held back drinking water for consumption by nearby families and municipalities. Despite the dam being inflatable, water authorities say it was constructed out of a thick rubber and designed to be immensely sturdy. It was all the more surprising, then, when the city of Fremont awoke one morning to find it destroyed.

More than 50 million gallons of clean drinking water—enough to supply at least 500 homes for an entire year—spilled from behind the deflated dam and flowed into San Francisco Bay. Authorities who have been investigating the scene say that it was intentionally destroyed, and that given the sturdiness of the material with which it was constructed, those responsible had to have worked at it for some time. It suggests, they say, that “the people that conducted this act definitely had malicious intent.”

California is contending with the worst drought in its history—water is at an all-time low, and communities are rationing their supply more seriously than at any period in the past. Sign the petition below to demand that those responsible for this be charged with a felony when the are found and arrested.


Dear District Attorney O’Malley,

I am writing you today regarding the destruction of the Alameda Creek dam that took place recently. This, I am sure you’ll agree, is an egregious crime that cannot be forgiven. Those responsible for it must face the harshest consequences possible for their actions.

Your state is in the throes of its worst drought in recorded history. Crops are dying, reservoirs are all but empty, and aquifers are so empty that the grounds above them have literally dropped in altitude. Any waste of water in this context is inexcusable at best, and outright dangerous at worst.

With that in mind, the deliberate waste of 50 million gallons of drinking water that happened after this dam was destroyed cannot be seen as anything but utterly malicious. Regardless of the motive behind the destruction of the dam—which can for all intents and purposes only be intentional vandalism, according to investigators—the waste it brought about is nothing less than an attack on your county and the people in it.

With any luck, police will soon find those responsible for this and take them into custody. When that happens I urge you to charge them with a felony. The gravity of their crime demands nothing less.


[Your Name Here]

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