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Environmental Assessment: Hurlburt Field Soundside Boathouse and Restroom Facility Construction

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Final rept.

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The Proposed Action involves the 1 construction of a boathouse for the 1 SOSSOSR Watercraft Operation Flight alongside a new boat ramp under separate planning on Santa Rosa Sound to provide for storage and rapid launching of two 32-foot boats used by the unit during training, and 2 construction of a restroom facility to accommodate the needs of people using the beach pavilions and shoreline of the Soundside Area for recreational purposes. Circumstances have dictated that construction of the boathouse be, at a minimum, postponed to a yet undetermined date. Construction of the restroom facility would probably begin in early FYOS. There are no reasonable alternatives to the Proposed Action. Constructing the boathouse elsewhere, such as away from the new boat ramp, would not eliminate the boat launching and equipment transfer inefficiencies experienced by the 1 SOSS I OSR during training exercises. The use of different types of portable toilets or additional portable toilets of the kind already onsite would not correct the deficiencies of the current situation therefore, it was not considered to be a reasonable alternative to the proposed restroom facility. Restroom facility location options are limited to a small area that is easily accessible to the pavilions and shoreline. As a result, all siting alternatives were rejected as reasonable alternatives to the Proposed Action. In addition, differences in design options for the boathouse and restroom facility were not significant enough to warrant evaluation of design alternatives to the Proposed Action. The No-Action Alternative is to maintain the existing conditions. The boathouse and restroom facility would not be constructed in the Soundside Area of Hurlburt Field. The 1 SOSSOSR would continue to keep its boats in an open parking lot approximately 1 mile from the new boat ramp and adequate restroom accommodations would continue to be unavailable to people using the Soundside Area for recreational purposes.

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  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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