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* Vista Grande Drainage Basin Improvement Project EIR/EIS

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Update: September 7, 2017 - Public Release of Final EIS_R

The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement_Report (Final EIS_R) for the proposed Vista Grande Drainage Basin Project (Project), prepared in cooperation with the City of Daly City (Daly City). The Final EIS incorporates the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared by Daly City.

Daly City is seeking a Special Use Permit from the NPS for construction activities proposed at Fort Funston, a possible Right of Way approval for outfall-related infrastructure on the beach below Fort Funston, and modernization of an existing easement to clarify the rights and obligations of the parties with regard to proposed structures within Fort Funston.

The NPS will execute a Record of Decision no sooner than 30 days after the date of publication by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the notice of filing and availability of the Final EIS in the Federal Register expected to be September 15, 2017.
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Text for the public release of the Draft EIS_R (April 2016 - Truncated due to size limitations):

The City of Daly City, as Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the National Park Service (NPS), as Lead Agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), have prepared a joint Draft Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Vista Grande Drainage Basin Improvement project.

Daly City is proposing the project to address storm-related flooding in the Vista Grande Drainage Basin, while providing the additional benefit of augmenting the level of Lake Merced. The Project would consist of partial replacement of the existing Vista Grande Canal to incorporate a debris screening device, a treatment wetland, and diversion and outfall structures to route some flows from the Canal to Lake Merced; replacement of the existing Vista Grande Tunnel through Fort Funston to increase its peak capacity and extend its operating life; and replacement of the existing Ocean Outlet structure at Fort Funston. When completed, the Project would improve lateral beach access near the Ocean Outlet, and would reduce litter transfer and deposition along the beach below Fort Funston. The Project would maximize the use of existing rights-of-way, easements, and infrastructure to minimize construction-related costs, habitat disturbance, and disruption to recreational users. Operational components of the Project would include management of water elevations in Lake Merced and a Lake Management Plan that would implement water quality best management practices.

Construction activities at Fort Funston would include the development of a construction shaft and staging area near the main parking lot and construction of the rehabilitated Ocean Outlet structure on the beach. Replacement of the Vista Grande Tunnel would be completed through use of the construction shaft.

The public comment period begins on April 29, 2016 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on July 1, 2016. Daly City will hold a Public Meeting to provide an opportunity for the public and regulatory agencies to learn about the Project and be informed about how to submit comments on the adequacy and accuracy of the Draft EIR/EIS on:

Contact Information
Department of Water and Wastewater Resources
Patrick Sweetland, Director - psweetland@dalycity.org
OR
goga_planning@nps.gov