October 2013

Final Coastal Trail Environmental Impact Report has been released

The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network (Trail Network) Master Plan has been released.

The purpose of the EIR is to inform public agency decision-makers and the general public of the significant environmental effects of the project, identify possible ways to minimize the significant effects, and describe and analyze reasonable alternatives to the project.

The EIR contains a detailed description of the environmental issues relative to the proposed project, identifies environmental impacts, proposed mitigation measures, and residual impacts associated with implementation of the proposed project.

The EIR did not identify any significant and unavoidable impacts.

Please see the RTC website for the Final EIR. CDs and a limited number of hard copies will be available at the RTC’s Santa Cruz and Watsonville offices. Copies will also available at Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, and Watsonville public libraries. The Final Master Plan is also located on the RTC website, at RTC offices, and libraries.

The RTC will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of the Final Master Plan and certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report, the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) and CEQA Findings at the November 7th, 2013 meeting at 9:15 A.M., to be held at the Board of Supervisors Chambers. Public comments may be submitted at the meeting or in writing by noon on Wednesday prior to the meeting to info@sccrtc.org.

The RTC also issued a “call for projects” to local jurisdictions for constructing segments of the trail. Approximately $5.3 million is available, which includes federal earmark funds secured by Congressman Sam Farr.

For more information about the Trail Network project, please view the Trail Network project website. Please check this site for the RTC agenda packet or sign up for the RTC’s eNews to receive notification of when RTC agenda packets are posted online.

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