[Tweeters] EPA gives green light to put Eide Road underwater
marlin at oneearthimages.com
Sat Aug 3 12:49:23 PDT 2013
The EPA has released its determination concerning the impact of the proposed Ducks Unlimited/WDFW plan to flood the WDFW Leque Island (Eide Road) site near Stanwood. The project has been given a green light to proceed. The only thing that can preserve the site for future use by birders, photographers, and even hunters, is if enough people offer an alternative plan to WDFW in a public forum -- to be announced -- probably in September.
Here is a summary excerpt from the EPA statement:
EPA has completed its review of the PGG study and other available monitoring data. The EPA has determined that the Leque Project does not create a significant hazard to public health by contaminating the Camano Island sole source aquifer.
The rationale for the EPA's-determination is as follows:
1. Hydrogeologic characterization and monitoring data show groundwater flow is from Camano Island towards Leque Island.
2. Groundwater modeling after dike removal shows a slight shift of the discharge zone towards Davis Slough and the ditched monitoring site, but this is a localized effect and no change is predicted in the general groundwater flow direction even with the periodic inundation ofLeque Island by saline and/or brackish water.
3. Therefore, the ditched monitoring site, which is the eastern margin of Camano Island lowland, will likely remain a discharge zone (not a recharge zone) for area groundwater even after the changes created by the Leque Project with no predicted affect on the groundwater under the Camano Island uplands nor Juniper beach.
4. Therefore, the Leque Project does not create a significant hazard to public health by contaminating the Camano Island sole source aquifer.
If you are a birder or photographer who has enjoyed visiting Eide Road in the past, and if you don't want the site to go away (under water), you will need to tell WDFW at their public forum in September.
The EPS document can be found here -- http://www.epa.gov/region10/pdf/water/ssa/camano/leque_determination_letter_073113.pdf
You can request information or ask Loren Brokaw, WDFW, to be added to the notification mailing list at this email address: Loren.Brokaw at dfw.wa.gov
You can learn about our alternative proposal for the Edie Road site here -- friendsofeideroad.org
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