WSDOT: ABERDEEN MAKES MOST ENVIRONMENTAL SENSE FOR PONTOON SITE

While both Grays Harbor build alternatives provide opportunities to meet NEPA requirements to protect the environment for succeeding generations, the Aberdeen Log Yard Alternative would better preserve cultural and natural resources. Specifically, fewer wetlands would be eliminated by the Aberdeen Log Yard Alternative. Although more dredging would be required for the longer launch channel at the Aberdeen Log Yard site than at the Anderson & Middleton site, WSDOT plans to compensate for the loss of intertidal zone habitat at the Grass Creek mitigation site. In addition, as noted above, the Anderson & Middleton site contains remnants of a precontact fish trap complex that WSDOT has determined—and the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) has concurred—is eligible for listing in the NRHP. The Aberdeen Log Yard site does not contain historic or cultural resources that are eligible for listing on the NRHP, and the DAHP concluded that “the project will not have an adverse effect on historic properties if the Preferred Alternative is selected”.

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