Otay River Estuary Restoration Project

4 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2016104001
Lead Agency
San Diego Unified Port District
Document Title
Otay River Estuary Restoration Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
12/16/2020
Project Applicant
Poseidon Resources (Channelside) LP
Present Land Use
Wetlands, Habitat Replacement, Park Plaza

Document Description
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared and approved for the Otay River Estuary Restoration Project (ORERP) by the USFWS. The ORERP includes restoration of coastal wetlands and upland habitat west of the Otay River floodplain, just to the south of San Diego Bay; and restoration of an active solar salt pond (Pond 15) to tidally influenced subtidal and intertidal habitats. Pond 15 would be hydraulically connected to San Diego Bay through an inlet/outlet opening created on the northern side of the salt pond levee. Approximately 1.3 acres of the total 1.74 acre inlet/outlet excavation area is within the District’s jurisdiction. Since the ORERP was approved, construction modifications were identified. Specifically, as it relates to District approval, the ORERP’s proposed haul truck route was revised, requiring that trucks transporting materials between the Otay River Floodplain Site and the Pond 15 Site travel an additional 0.37 mile north (northern route) on Bay Boulevard and then turn left onto District property. Additionally, a new temporary construction staging area was identified on District property near Pond 15. These modifications were documented in an Environmental Action Statement (EAS) prepared by USFWS. Pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15221, the District has determined that the ORERP must comply with both CEQA and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and meets the conditions for the District to use the EIS and EAS in place of an EIR. Per State CEQA Guidelines section 15225(a), the District is not circulating the EIS and EAS for public review because the EIS was circulated by the USFWS for public review and comment and notice was given in a manner meeting the standards in CEQA Guidelines section 15087(a).

Contact Information
Ashley Wright
San Diego Unified Port District
3165 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone : (619) 686-6549
awright@portofsandiego.org

Location

Coordinates
32°36'44.9"N 117°5'40.9"W
Cities
Chula Vista
Counties
San Diego
Regions
Southern California
Cross Streets
Bay Boulevard between Palomar Street and L Street
Zip
91911
Total Acres
4.3
State Highways
Interstate 5
Railways
n/a
Airports
n/a
Schools
n/a
Waterways
Palomar Channel, San Diego Bay

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
San Diego Unified Port District
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/San_Diego_Bay/what_we_do/Resource_Management/Otay_Restoration/Otay_River_Estuary_Restoration_Project.html

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
Yes
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes (Environmental Impact Statement)
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
Yes
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
Yes
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes

Attachments

Environmental Document
NOD Transmittal Letter to County - ORERP signed   PDF 174 K
Notice of Determination
NOD - ORERP_Pond 15_signed   PDF 229 K

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