The U.S. Navy has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA), which is now available for public review and comment. The Draft EA analyzes the potential impacts of constructing a replacement ammunition pier, associated waterfront facilities, causeway, truck turnaround, and public navigational channel at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach in Seal Beach, California.
The new pier would be built to current earthquake standards, would be able to support future fleet requirements, and would provide greater separation between Navy operations and civilian activity in Anaheim Bay and along Pacific Coast Highway.
The draft environmental analysis indicates there would be no significant impacts from the proposed project, with avoidance, minimization, or mitigation efforts employed when necessary. The Draft EA is available for public review online at https://SealBeachEA.com/ and at the following libraries:
- Seal Beach / Mary Wilson Library
- Long Beach / Bay Shore Neighborhood Library
- Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library
- Westminster Branch Library
- Huntington Beach Central Library
The Navy is holding an open-house style public meeting to provide an opportunity for the community to learn about the environmental analysis presented in the Draft EA and to comment on the adequacy and accuracy of the environmental analysis. Navy representatives will be available at information stations to provide information and answer questions.
Interested parties may arrive at any time during the meeting; there will not be a formal presentation.
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
Location: Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach, CA 90740
Public Comment Period
The Navy is accepting comments from April 14, 2017, to May 30, 2017. All comments must be postmarked or received online by May 30, 2017, for consideration in the Final EA. Comments may be submitted at the public meeting, online at https://SealBeachEA.com/, or mailed to:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest
Attn: Code JE20.TB
1220 Pacific Highway, Building 131
San Diego, CA 92132
The Navy proposes to construct a 1,100-foot by 125-foot replacement ammunition pier, associated waterfront facilities, causeway, truck turnaround, and public navigational channel inside Anaheim Bay.
The project would include dredging for the proposed pier and turning basin, as well as for the new public navigational channel that would separate civilian boats from Navy ships. The new public navigational channel would be for civilian boat traffic traveling to and from Huntington Harbour.
Alternative 1 – Ammunition Pier at South Mole with Interior Public Navigational Channel is the Navy’s preferred alternative because it best meets the purpose and need of the Proposed Action. Implementation of Alternative 1 provides the most cost effective construction alternative without resulting in significant impacts on the environment.
For More Information
For more information, please visit the project website at https://SealBeachEA.com/ or contact the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Public Affairs Office at 562-626-7215. Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach is the primary munitions installation for the Navy’s Pacific Fleet surface ships. The base has an outstanding record of safety throughout its more than 70 years in operation and is a vital national asset. Its primary role is to store and maintain Navy and Marine Corps munitions and load and unload Navy ships and larger Coast Guard vessels with the munitions they need to conduct their missions.
This article was released by Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.