||A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Saline Valley Road Borrow Sites Environmental Assessment was signed on November 23, 2011. The National Park Service (NPS) has selected Alternative B – The Existing Borrow Pit Alternative for implementation, modified as described in the FONSI to allow for issuing a 5-year renewable permit to Inyo County for road maintenance re-use of old borrow sites adjacent to Saline Valley Road.
Under terms of the permit, Inyo County will be able to excavate and process sand and gravel from six approved borrow pits (i.e., the Cowhorn, Waucoba, Crusher, Ubehebe, Camp, and Tin Barn sites). No expansion of the pits will be allowed.
The NPS will require Inyo County Road Department to submit an operations and reclamation plan for Park review and approval prior to issuing the initial 5-year permit to re-use the sites. The pit area, access road, and stockpile areas will be included in the plans. Each borrow site will be reclaimed after the extractable material has been removed.
The NPS understands that operations at the borrow sites could be needed on an intermittent basis over the next 20 years.