Final CD and NEPA Document

Service Releases Final Compatibility Determination and National Environmental Policy Act Document for Use of Paradise Point to Process Lyngbya/Detrital Material for Kings Bay Restoration


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized the Compatibility Determination (CD) and the National Environmental Policy Act document for the use of the Paradise Point Unit of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, also known as Schatz Island, by Save Crystal River, Inc. (SCR) as an upland processing site for Lyngbya spp. and detrital material removed from the surrounding waterways as part of their Kings Bay Restoration Project. The long-term KBRP is focused on re-establishing native eelgrass (Vallisneria americana) beds and improving water quality in Kings Bay through the removal of the invasive algae Lyngbya spp. and other dead and decaying detrital material within approximately 93 acres of canals and waterways. Refuge-managed lands would be used as a temporary, upland processing site where vacuum-dredged material will be treated with polymer and filtered through a geotube before clean water will be returned to the canal. The processed material would then be hauled off-refuge for permanent disposal. Use of refuge lands would occur for approximately three years, 2019 to 2021, dependent upon funding. SCR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed by local citizens. Funding varies annually based on state appropriations, grants and private donations received. The use will be administered with a special use permit (SUP) granted to the SCR. The SUP will contain requirements governing the use of the site, as well as those necessary to ensure compatibility.

A draft CD was released on March 1, 2019, for a 15-day comment period and a public meeting was held on March 6. A total of fifty-nine comments were received. A majority of the commenters supported using Paradise Point as a processing site for the KBRP. However, several commenters expressed concern about possible impacts to the immediate neighborhood. Comments and questions are summarized and addressed in the final CD. The documents are available for download below or are available upon request at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex Headquarters, 871 N. Suncoast Boulevard, Crystal River, Florida, 34429.


Compatibility Determination Crystal River NWR

NEPA Compliance Crystal River NWR