[env-trinity] Public Scoping for EIR Suction Dredging

Byron Leydecker bwl3 at comcast.net
Mon Nov 2 19:25:25 PST 2009

DFG News Release

Public Scoping Meetings Held to Receive Comments on Suction Dredge
Permitting Program

Nov. 2, 2009

Mark Stopher, Environmental Program Manager, (530) 225-2275
Jordan Traverso, Deputy Director, Office of Communications, Education and
Outreach, (916) 654-9937

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is holding public scoping meetings for
input on its suction dredge permitting program. Three meetings will provide
an opportunity for the public, interested groups, and local, state and
federal agencies to comment on potential issues or concerns with the
program. The outcome of the scoping meetings and the public comment period
following the scoping meetings will help shape what is studied in the
Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR).

A court order requires DFG to conduct an environmental review of the program
under the California Environmental Quality Act. DFG is currently prohibited
from issuing suction dredge permits under a court order issued July 9. In
addition, as of Aug. 6, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's signing of SB 670
(Wiggins) places a moratorium on all California instream suction dredge
mining or the use of any such equipment in any California river, stream or
lake, regardless of whether the operator has an existing permit issued by
DFG. The moratorium will remain in effect until DFG completes the
environmental review of its permitting program and makes any necessary
updates to the existing regulations.

The scoping meetings will be held in Fresno, Sacramento and Redding. Members
of the public can provide comments in person at any of the following
locations and times:

.         Fresno: Monday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m.
California Retired Teachers Association Building
3930 E. Saginaw Way
Fresno, CA 93726

.         Sacramento: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m.
City of West Sacramento Galleria
1110 West Capitol Ave.
West Sacramento, CA 95691

.         Redding: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m.
Shasta Senior Nutrition Program Center
100 Mercy Oaks Drive
Redding, CA 96003

Written comments must be postmarked by Dec. 3, 2009 and may be submitted,
either by e-mail to dfgsuctiondredge at dfg.ca.gov or by regular mail to: 

Mark Stopher
California Department of Fish and Game 
601 Locust Street
Redding, CA 96001

For more information about these meetings, the suction dredge program or to
view the Initial Study and supporting documents, please visit
www.dfg.ca.gov/suctiondredge <http://www.dfg.ca.gov/suctiondredge/> .



Byron Leydecker, JcT

Chair, Friends of Trinity River

PO Box 2327

Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327

415 383 4810 land

415 519 4810 cell

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