NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the State Coastal Conservancy (Conservancy) is circulating the draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/R) for the San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project, Spartina Control Program ((SCH # 2001042058). The document is available for review and/or purchase for the cost of reproduction at the Conservancy’s offices (see below). In addition, the draft EIS/R can be reviewed and downloaded from the internet on this web site (http://www.spartina.org/). (Access to the internet is available at public libraries throughout the Bay Area).
The draft EIS/R is available for public review and comment from April 18, 2003 through June 4, 2003. Two public meetings are scheduled during the public review period to provide information and accept written comments on the document: April 22, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Association of Bay Area Governments, Room 171, 101 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94706 and April 23, 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont, CA 94536.
Comments on the draft EIS/R may also be provided in writing addressed to: Maxene Spellman, Project Manager, State Coastal Conservancy, 1330 Broadway, 11th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612 Phone: (510) 286-0332 Fax: (510) 286-0470. ALL WRITTEN COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CONSERVANCY NO LATER THAN JUNE 4, 2003, AT 4:00 P.M. Any person challenging the Conservancy’s action on the EIS/R in any future court proceeding may be limited to raising only those issues which have been presented to the Conservancy in writing.
Spartina Control Program (SCP) proposes to implement a number of treatment
techniques (tools) to eradicate the four invasive non-native cordgrass
species now found in the tidal marsh and tidal flats that comprise the
shoreline areas of the San Francisco Bay Estuary within the nine Bay Area
counties. These tools include a range of manual, mechanical, and chemical
techniques including hand digging, smothering, use of herbicides, dredging,
mowing, maceration, burning, and flooding Three treatment methodology
alternatives were considered in the EIS/R, two that assume a comprehensive,
coordinated control effort using multiple treatment tools and a third
that is a “no-action alternative”. Depending on the alternative
treatment approach selected, the EIS/R identified possible significant
effects in the areas of water quality, biological resources, geomorphology
and hydrology, air quality, noise, human health and safety, visual resources,
land use and cultural resources. The EIR/S also identified mitigation
measures that will avoid, reduce, or minimize each possible effect to
a level of insignificance, with the following exceptions: Under
Alternatives 1 and 2 the EIR/S identified significant unavoidable, but
short-term, effects on biological resources. Under Alternative 3,
the EIR/S identified less short-term implementation impacts, however long-term
adverse impacts to biological resources and estuary hydrology and landforms
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