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|11/26/2002||Volunteers lengthen list of LORP DEIR/S issues|
| "Lower Owens River Project Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement" (LORP DEIR/S) takes a long time to say and--if you have a copy of itómuch longer to pore over. Nevertheless, the project, which will rewater more than sixty miles of the Lower Owens River, deserves copious contemplation. With that in mind, concerned LORP DEIR/S readers met November 21 with Mark Bagley to discuss what to look for in the hefty document and to delegate tasks to people whoíve volunteered to help evaluate, process, and publicize the LORP DEIR/S. The resulting list of important issues and focus areas appears below.
If you havenít signed up yet, and if 1) you would like to help critique, process, or publicize the LORP/DEIR/S, or 2) you donít want to read the LORP but still want to help (weíve got plenty of tasks available, including photocopying and distributing flyers), or even 3) you donít want to help but would like to receive one of our upcoming how-to-comment brochures on the LORP/DEIR/S,
please e-mail us at email@example.com. Include your name, address, and phone number, and tell us whether you prefer to be contacted by phone or by e-mail. For more information about the LORP or the DEIR/S, see other news items and the issues list below or follow the LORP links in the "Issues" section of our website.
The people who are chairing each of the main issues (in capitals below) are responsible for comments on that issue. They should analyze it with input from the other folks signed up for a particular sub-issue, seek help from other volunteers when needed, incorporate comments from others who send it, and prepare the first (rough) draft for submittal to the chairperson for document preparation no later than Dec. 12. This early date for the first draft is so we can use that information in preparing a flyer for public distribution by the end of December.
We encourage other input. If you have not signed up for any issues or if you have comments on issues other than the ones you signed up for, please send your comments to the appropriate Chair for each issue youíre commenting on. (E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if youíve misplaced your list of issues, names of Chairs, and contact numbers.)
The main items (in capitals below) cover the four physical areas of the LORP and chapter or subchapter heading in the document. For each of the first four main items and some of the others we need to look at the project description (Chapter 2), impact assessment and mitigation measures. In looking at the project description portion we need to analyze how the project described corresponds with the project as described in the MOU. We need to pay close attention to the goals for the project as stated in the MOU and determine if the project proposed is likely to meet those goals.
RIVERINE RIPARIAN SYSTEM
DELTA HABITAT AREA
BLACKROCK WATERFOWL HABITAT AREA
OFF-RIVER LAKES AND PONDS
DIVERSION, PUMP STATION, POWER LINE AND ROAD SURFACING
o Pump station design: is the 50 cfs station really 50 cfs? Do both station designs have the capacity to properly release adequate flows to the delta? Can they adequately gauge the flows? Why donít they have as complete a design for 50 cfs as the 150 cfs station?
T & E SPECIES MANAGEMENT
LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN
MONITORING AND ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT
IMPACTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LORP AS A WHOLE (Ch. 10)
ALTERNATIVES (Ch. 11)
CUMULATIVE IMPACTS (Ch. 12)
CONSISTENCY WITH INYO COUNTY GENERAL PLAN (Ch. 13)
OTHER FEDERAL IMPACT CONSIDERATIONS (Ch. 14)
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