America’s Cup 34
In December 2011, the City signed a "Host Agreement" with the America's Cup Event Authority and the America's Cup Organizing Committee to support the 34th America's Cup, an international sailing race event program, in the San Francisco Bay Area, proposed to take place in Summer–Fall 2013, with preliminary "World Series" races in Summer–Fall 2012. Consequent to that, in February 2011, the City issued a Notice of Preparation ("NOP") under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") for the Proposed Project. In issuing their Notice of Preparation, the City identified several national park areas as "spectator venues" for public viewing of AC34 with specific program events and activities proposed within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, which are both units of the National Park System. The NOP also identified a potential AC34 Race boundary for a series of "racing events" with water "spectator" viewing for recreational boats and yachts, as well as improvements to the Port of San Francisco managed waterfront.
If approved as "spectator venues" along with any or all marine and landside events and activities, two (2) NPS permits, and/or other authorizing instruments will be required from the NPS, one each from GGNRA and SAFR. Similarly, a National Marine permit and special local regulation will be required from the United State's Coast Guard (USCG). In addition, in–water construction and dredging are proposed along the San Francisco waterfront and would be subject to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authority, and a permit for such. Roads and access managed by the Presidio Trust could also be affected.The City's requirement for issuance of such authorizing instruments by these federal jurisdictions, on behalf of the AC34 Event Authority, triggers the need for a NEPA analysis of the "Project."
The National Park Service and USCG will conduct the environmental impact analysis of the America's Cup Event (Project) on NPS lands and waters, and those of the San Francisco Bay and coastal waters under the United States Coast Guard's jurisdiction in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Presidio Trust. This environmental impact analysis will serve as documentation of the federal agencies' compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (Public Law 91-190) for this proposed "Project."
The public is invited to participate in the scoping process for this project:
Review the public documents and submit comments online
Attend public scoping meetings:
Wednesday, August 17, 4:30–6:30 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito
(this will be part of the regularly scheduled GGNRA Open House)
Thursday, August 18, 7:00–9:00 pm
Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop
Main Post in the Presidio, San Francisco
Tuesday, August 23, 6:30–8:30 pm
Waterfront Hotel, 10 Washington Street, Oakland
Send written comments to:
Attn: Erin Higbee–Kollu
550 Kearney Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, 94131
Comments on the scoping of the 34th America’s Cup project will be most helpful if received by September 7th, 2011.
Also see America’s Cup NEPA website