DFG Completes Environmental Review Documents for Suisun Marsh Project

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has announced the completion and public release of environmental documents related to the Suisun Marsh Plan. The final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) will be available for public review for a 60-day period, ending Dec. 29.

Located in southern Solano County, the Suisun Marsh is part of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta estuary ecosystem. It is the largest contiguous brackish water marsh remaining on the west coast of North America. The marsh includes extensive wildlife habitat and public waterfowl hunting areas at DFG's Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, as well as 158 private duck clubs.

The Suisun Marsh Plan provides a multi-agency and private landowner framework for the ongoing management of seasonal wetlands for public and private hunting, levee maintenance and restoration of tidal wetlands for fish and wildlife habitat and recovery. The 30-year plan will also help maintain levee stability, provide for managed wetlands enhancement and restore thousands of acres of tidal wetlands, which will benefit and contribute to the recovery of many threatened and endangered brackish marsh species.

The final EIR/EIS is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/delta/suisunmarsh. Members of the public will have an opportunity to learn about the plan and provide comments at two open houses on Nov. 18 at Rush Ranch, 3521 Grizzly Island Road, Suisun City, from 2 to 4 p.m. and at the Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Comments should be sent to Debbie Hultman, DFG Bay Delta Region Office, 7329 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA, 94558, by close of business on Dec. 29, 2010. Comments can also be e-mailed to dhultman@dfg.ca.gov.

DFG is the lead agency for the EIR, which was prepared according to the California Environmental Quality Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are co-lead agencies for the EIS, prepared according to the National Environmental Policy Act.

Public Contact: Greg Martinelli, DFG Bay Delta Region, (707) 944-5570