News Release

Federal, State Agencies Release Environmental Document on Suisun Marsh Habitat Management, Preservation, and Restoration Plan

OCTOBER 29, 2010

Contact:

Sarah Swenty, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
(916) 414-6571, sarah_swenty@fws.gov

egret by angelo garcia jrThe Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game, have made available for public review an environmental document on the Suisun Marsh Habitat Management, Preservation and Restoration Plan. The agencies also have scheduled two public meetings to answer questions and are accepting written comments on the environmental document.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR) assesses a comprehensive 30-year plan designed to address use of resources within about 60,000 acres of wetlands in the Suisun Marsh near Fairfield, California. The focus of the plan is a mutually agreed upon multi-stakeholder approach to the restoration of tidal wetlands and the enhancement of managed wetlands. Once in place, the plan will help in the recovery of endangered species and increase tidal marsh habitat to benefit all.

Federal and state agencies prepared a joint Draft EIS/EIR in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and California Environmental Quality Act. The lead agencies have collaboratively prepared the environmental documents with the National Marine Fisheries Service, the California Department of Water Resources, and the Suisun Resource Conservation District.

The two public meetings have been scheduled on November 18, 2010 to receive written comments regarding environmental effects:

  • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Rush Ranch, 3521 Grizzly Island Road, Suisun City, CA 94585.
  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Benicia Public Library, Dona Benicia Meeting Room, 150 East L Street, Benicia, CA 94510.

The Draft EIS/EIR is available online at: www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=781

If you encounter problems accessing the Draft EIS/EIR online, please call the Reclamation Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Please send comments to Becky Victorine, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, by close of business Wednesday, December 29, 2010. Comments may also be faxed to Ms. Victorine at 916-978-5055 or e-mailed to rvictorine@usbr.gov.

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EIS/EIR, please contact either Ms. Victorine at 916-978-5035 (TTY 916-978-5608) or Mr. Andrew Raabe of the Fish and Wildlife Service at (916) 414-6679. Copies of the Draft EIS/EIR may also be viewed at Reclamation's Sacramento office at the above address