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Final Lower Duwamish River NRDA restoration plan and programmatic environmental impact statement
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    2013
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Final Lower Duwamish River NRDA restoration plan and programmatic environmental impact statement
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    United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
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    Hazardous substance releases into the Lower Duwamish River (LDR) resulted in the contamination of the sediments and injuries to natural resources. The Elliott Bay Trustee Council (Trustees) is developing the Lower Duwamish River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (LDR/NRDA) to determine the extent of injuries to natural resources resulting from these releases. Natural resources include fish, shellfish, wildlife, sediments, and water quality, and the services they provide. Trustees are also determining how to restore injured natural resources and lost resource services. The Restoration Plan, which is also a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) will guide implementation of LDR/NRDA restoration activities. The PEIS analyzes the environmental impacts of the alternatives considered by the Trustees to restore, replace, rehabilitate, and/or acquire the equivalent of the injured natural resources and their services. The Trustees evaluated three alternatives: the No-Action Alternative, which is required to be included in the analysis; the Species-Specific Restoration Alternative; and the Integrated Habitat Restoration Alternative. The Trustees' preferred alternative is Integrated Habitat Restoration, which is a comprehensive plan based on restoration of key habitats that, together, will benefit the range of different resources injured by releases of hazardous substances in the LDR. In addition, the Trustees have included a detailed description of the methodology considered for use in a settlement-based approach to injury assessment for the Lower Duwamish River. A draft RP/PEIS was made available for public review on May 22, 2009, with the comment period ending on July 28, 2009. In response to comments received on that draft, the Trustees added more detail about the injury assessment and restoration valuation methodology used in the LDR/NRDA, and made some other minor changes to address other comments. The Trustees released the Supplement to the draft RP/PEIS for additional review and comment on July 27, 2012, with the comment period ending on October 10, 2012. This Final PEIS was developed after consideration of all comments received.

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