Environmental Assessment for the Removal of a Flightline Bird Air Strike Hazard, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
AIR FORCE FIGHTER WING (354TH) EIELSON AFB AK
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Introduction. Eielson Air Force Base Eielson is proposing to fill a 0.5 acre pond that is in the designated Bird Exclusion Zone portion of the flightline. This action would eliminate a bird air strike hazard that currently exists at the north end of the runway. Description of the Proposed Action. The proposed action will result in the placement of approximately 4,000 cubic yards of gravel and inert construction debris into the existing Grebe Pond. The filling process would occur over the period of approximately one year. Once the pond is filled, a finish layer of topsoil will be deposited and seeded with native grasses. Alternatives to the Proposed Action. Two alternatives to the proposed action were identified. Alternative I would rely on the use of standard bird hazing methods to prevent bird use of the pond. This would likely be manpower intensive and not totally eliminate bird use of the pond. Alternative 2 would involve the physical capture and relocation of birds that are observed using the pond. This alternative would be even more labor intensive than alternative 1. No Action Alternative. Under the no action scenario, standard bird hazing methods to prevent bird use of the area would be continued.
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