Marin Public Safety & Emergency Communications Radio System
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
The MERA radio system is vital for emergency countywide communications between police, firefighters and public works crews. The emergency system is a network of radio antennas and equipment linked with microwave connections. However, the combination of older equipment and recent changes to frequency requirements by the Congressional Jobs Bill HR 3630 now requires an upgrade of all UHF (T-band), including MERA's radio communication systems. Funding for the system is generated by a parcel tax that was authorized by Marin County voters in 2014.
The current system includes 15 active communication sites. The MERA Next Gen System would retain and upgrade 10 of the functioning sites, decommission five existing sites and add equipment to eight new sites, which include previously developed infrastructure not part of the MERA system. New sites include communication and water tank sites and a water wellhead site in northern Marin County.
Other (Radio Communication Tower, Antennae and Small Building)
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Public Services, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Radio Frequency
Cal Fire, California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Highway Patrol, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Region, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Emergency Services, California, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
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