This section assesses the effects of
the non-native cordgrass treatment on environmental justice near the treatment
areas. The Region of Influence for environmental justice consists of
communities near the treatment areas in the nine-county Bay Area (Alameda,
Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and
Sonoma Counties) and Sacramento County. Anglers who fish for recreation and
subsistence, and others who use the intertidal area for recreation were also
considered in this analysis.
Environmental Policy Act () Council
on Environmental Quality () Income levels vary widely in neighborhoods
near treatment areas.
The areas would
occur in communities with low-, middle-, and high-income residents. The treatment
areas would be in both minority dominated, and non-minority communities. Recreationalists
using potential treatment areas also come from all income levels and ethnicities.
However, according to the California Office of Environmental
Health Hazard Assessment, the environmental organization, Save the Bay,
conducted a survey in 1995 of 228 anglers at fishing piers in the Central and
North Bays. (Fishing for Food in San Francisco Bay, Part II), and found that most anglers were male and over 70
percent non-Caucasian. Asians were the predominant ethnic group of anglers,
comprising about 36 percent of those interviewed.
impacts identified in this EIS/R were considered to determine the potential for
high and adverse health and environmental impacts to human populations. If
impacts were identified, an analysis of the potential for disproportionately
high and adverse impacts to was.
for Environmental Justice impacts s
ALTERNATIVE 1: Proposed
Action/Proposed Project. Regional Eradication Using All Available Control
The treatment areas would occur in communities with low-,
middle-, and high-income residents that are composed of minorities and
or low-income populations
mitigation measures are required.
ALTERNATIVE 2: Regional
Eradication Using Only Non-Chemical Control Methods
Justice impacts for Alternative 2 would be similar to those described above for
Alternative 1, except that human health and safety impacts associated with
herbicide applications would not occur. As with Alternative 1,Alternative
in any to