Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00398
Received: 1/26/2021 10:22:35 AM
Commenter: Jake Pressett
Organization: Price River Watershed Conservation District
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
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I am submitting this letter in behalf of the Price River Watershed Conservation District. A hard copy will also be mailed.
January 20, 2021
Joshua Wayland, PhD
Surface Transportation Board
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Attention: Environmental filing, Docket No. FD 36284
Uinta Basin Railway EIS
The Price River Watershed Conservation District (PRWCD) would like to express its concerns of the proposed Uinta Basin Railway.
The PRWCD works to restore, protect, properly manage and use the natural resources in Carbon county and parts of Utah, Wasatch, Duchesne, and Uintah counties.
The concerns that we have are:
- Effects on Greater Sage Grouse and the leks that are in the Emma Park and Whitmore
- Park areas Effects on water resources including riparian areas
- Impacts to grazing and livestock safety
- Noxious and invasive weeds being introduced and spread to new areas
- Impacts to private landowners
- Soil Erosion
These concerns also reflect the concerns of many of the public that use the area that will be affected by the construction of the railway.
The construction of this railway will have too much of a detrimental effect on the natural resources along the proposed route and due to that we as the Price River Watershed Conservation District do not support the construction of this railway.
Jake Pressett, Vice Chairman
Price River Watershed Conservation District