The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has expanded its series of public scoping meetings discussing the feasibility of ecosystem restoration in Northern California’s Yuba River watershed to include a Nov. 5 meeting in Downieville, Calif.
The meetings will present an outline of the study’s purpose, a tentative schedule and provide the first opportunity for public interaction with the project team. The Corps and our non-Federal partners, the Yuba County Water Agency, will be on hand to discuss the study and answer any questions about the process and accept public comments.
The goal of the Yuba River study is to examine the potential for ecosystem restoration along the Yuba River. An integrated feasibility report and draft environmental impact statement will be developed to analyze possible measures. The Corps will serve as lead agency for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
Four public meeting sessions are scheduled:
• Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1 – 3 p.m.
John E. Moss Federal Building Stanford Room,
650 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814
• Thursday, Oct. 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
Nevada County Library Community Room,
980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA 95959
• Wednesday, Nov. 4, 5 - 7 p.m.
Yuba County Government Center Conference Rm,
915 8th Street, Marysville, CA 95901
• Thursday, Nov. 5, 4 - 6 p.m.
Downieville County Hall,
322 Main St., Downieville, CA 95936
Significant issues to be analyzed in depth in the integrated feasibility report and draft environmental report include effects on hydraulics, wetlands and other waters of the U.S., vegetation and wildlife resources, special-status species, aesthetics, cultural resources, Indian trust assets, recreation, land use, fisheries, water quality, air quality, noise, transportation, socioeconomics and cumulative effects of related projects in the study area.
The Corps will coordinate with state and federal resource agencies in order to comply with all pertinent environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Moreover, the Corps will coordinate with affected Native American tribes to address their concerns and to ensure compliance with all applicable federal statutes, executive orders and Corps policies.
Written comments may be submitted until Nov. 9, 2015, and should be sent to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District; Attn: Michael Fong, CESPK-PD-RP; 1325 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814-2922.
For more information regarding the Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Study, visit the Corps’ web page at: http://bit.ly/YubaEcoRestoration