Notice of Availability of DEIS/EIR for the Southport Sacramento River Early Implementation Project

The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA) is proposing the Southport Sacramento River Early Implementation Project (EIP) to implement flood risk–reduction measures along 5.6 miles of the Sacramento River South Levee (levee) in the city of West Sacramento, Yolo County, California. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), acting as the Federal lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and WSAFCA, acting as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), released the draft environmental impact statement/report (DEIS/R) for public review on Nov. 8, 2013. The DEIS/EIR analyzes the project’s potential environmental effects and proposes mitigation measures that may reduce those effects.

Project Description and Location. The project would bring the levee up to standard with Federal and state flood risk reduction criteria, as well as providing opportunities for ecosystem restoration and public recreation. The construction area would extend along the right (west) bank of the Sacramento River south of the Barge Canal downstream approximately 5.6 miles to the South Cross Levee, adjacent to the Southport community of West Sacramento. The potential soil borrow sites are located to the east and west of southern Jefferson Blvd.; adjacent to the construction area; immediately west of the Deep Water Ship Channel; and south of the South Cross Levee.

Significant Effects. Implementation of the Applicant Preferred Alternative (APA) may result in significant environmental effects to geomorphic conditions; water quality and groundwater resources; soil resources; transportation; air quality; noise; vegetation and wetlands; fish and aquatic resources; wildlife; land use and agriculture; socioeconomics and community; visual resources; utilities; and cultural resources.

Comments Solicited. The public comment period is open through Jan. 6, 2014. The DEIS/EIR can be viewed online at http://www.cityofwestsacramento.org/city/_ood/southport_eip/environmental_studies.asp. It is also available at the Yolo County Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., West Sacramento, and City of West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento. Members of the public may meet with lead agency representatives and provide comments by attending one of two public meetings to be held on December 11, 2013, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and December 18, 2013, from 6:00-8:00p.m., at the West Sacramento Recreation Center, Community Room A, 2801 Jefferson Blvd., West Sacramento. A presentation will start 30 minutes after the meetings begin. Interested parties are also invited to comment in writing during the comment period. Send comments to the addresses below, postmarked no later than Jan. 6, 2014. If commenting on behalf of a public agency or non-governmental organization, please include the name of a contact person.

Megan Smith, Project Manager
ICF International
630 K Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email: megan.smith@icfi.com

Or

Ms. Tanis Toland
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Sacramento District
Delta Programs Integration &
Ecosystem Restoration
1325 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email: tanis.j.toland@usace.army.mil

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