EIR 02-03(A) - Buena Vista Creek Channel Maintenance Project Supplemental EIR
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
The proposed maintenance program consists of hand removal of vegetation within the northern half of the channel between the South Vista Way Bridge to the east and the Coastal Zone boundary to the west. The proposed maintenance area is located outside the Coastal Zone. The hydraulic study indicates that the vegetation located within the Coastal Zone is not responsible for upstream flooding. The City is proposing to remove vegetation by hand within the northern half of the channel, which is dominated primarily by freshwater marsh, to minimize impacts to southern willow scrub, the majority of which occurs in the southern half of the channel. The vegetation would be removed in the northern half of the channel over a period of five years: one fifth of the northern half of the channel would be removed by hand down to ground level every year. Thus, each year one-tenth of the vegetation in the channel project site would be removed. Vegetation would not be removed between February 15 and September 1 to avoid impacts to most nesting birds in accordance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. For purposes of vegetation removal, maintenance vehicles will use the existing access road that runs parallel to the northern bank of the channel.
California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Water Resources, Resources Agency, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
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