Opportunity for public comment on proposal for the upgrade and expansion of the water monitoring network in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is providing the opportunity for the public to review and comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed construction, upgrade, and maintenance of new and existing monitoring stations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta).
The USGS has operated and maintained a monitoring network in the Delta since the 1970’s to collect flow and water quality data. Over time, as technology improved, and monitoring needs changed, the network has expanded to include more locations and additional parameters. To continue this mission, there is a need for infrastructure maintenance or modification at some of our existing stations and a need for additional infrastructure at new locations.
As part of a broader effort to implement a more robust monitoring network in the Delta, the USGS California Water Science Center submitted a permit request to install up to 180 steel pilings to support new monitoring equipment. An Environmental Assessment (EA) is being conducted to address potential noise issues during construction and potential impacts of construction on local threatened or endangered species.
The EA can be accessed here.
We invite public comment on this project. The public review and comment period is August 30 – September 13, 2021.
Please submit comments via email to SSJDcomments@usgs.gov prior to September 13, 2021.
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