Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0003416
Received: 6/14/2016 2:28:41 AM
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Section 18.104.22.168's failure to apply the risk assessment to small craft due to the projected 46% increase in shipping traffic from this Proposal demands a No Action at this time! The DEIS completely failed to describe the current state of small vessel traffic, how it has increased with the area river access at Willow Grove, Rainier, Castle Rock, Kalama, and how it is expected to grow. Similarly, the DEIS has failed to characterize the exploding popularity of windsurfng, kite boarding, and jet skis on the Lower Columbia. Moreover, small vessel traffic carries the highest risk weighting, and their omission is a major error. Sport fishing and recreation are major economic drivers for the region. Windsurfers are especially vulnerable to shipping traffic. I am a windsurfer, avid canoer, and fisherman here. 840 additional ships in front of Willow Grove, Jones Beach, Illawco Flats - with no risk evaluation?!