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Final Environmental Assessment: Williams Lake Wildlife Control Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado

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The USAF proposes to develop and conduct a program for controlling wildlife at Williams Lake on BAFB whose presence in the runway and airspace areas are hazardous to flight operations. Williams Lake is the primary wildlife attractant at BAFB. It is necessary for the base to conduct aircraft operations in a manner that achieves mission objectives, provides for the safety of aircraft operators, and maintains the integrity and balance of the on base environment. Specific activities to be performed as part of the Proposed Action include a continuation of control measures recommended by the current Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard BASH Plan with the addition of a wiregrid system over the open water to deter waterfowl landings. This EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to analyze the potential environmental consequences of developing and conducting a program for controlling wildlife at Williams Lake at BAFB. Three alternatives including the no action alternative were analyzed. Several environmental resources were reviewed but not analyzed in detail in the EA either because the resources are not present at or adjacent to the project area or because implementation of established best management practices would ensure no significant impacts. These resources include air quality, geology resources, noise, socioeconomics, transportation, hazardous materials and waste environmental restoration program, pollution prevention, cultural resources, lightscape and night sky prime and unique farmlands, radon, asbestos, environmental justice, and utilities. Some resources were analyzed in detail in the EA physical resources including groundwater, soils, water resources and airspace biological resources including vegetation, wetlands and floodplains, wildlife, and threatened and endangered species and other resources including health and safety, land use, visual and recreation.

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  • Biology
  • Civil Engineering

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