The City of Mount Shasta has released the Notice of Preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Report for its sewer line improvement project.

The project description in the Notice includes the proposed sewer system improvements and also the proposed Crystal Geyser bottling facility operations.

Crystal Geyser operations are not, however, included in the project purpose, location, background, or objectives.

The deadline for submission of written public comment about the project is December 1, 2014, at 5 p.m.

“The purpose of the NOP is to determine the scope of the EIR,” attorney Andrea Matarazzo said.

She was hired by the city “specifically for her expertise” in the CEQA process, according to Mayor Tim Stearns.

Matarazzo said the Notice is “an invitation for the public to comment on the project described in the NOP.”

Mount Shasta city manager Paul Eckert said the city council “made a commitment” to include Crystal Geyser.

“Ultimately, in the scoping process, we anticipate receiving additional comments regarding Crystal Geyser to add to the EIR,” Eckert said.

Stearns said that “within the permissable scope of law,” the city anticipates considering the environmental effects of the Crystal Geyser project in the environmental review.

Matarazzo said the NOP was prepared by the city in collaboration with consultants such as North State Resources and PACE engineering, as well as city attorney John Kenny and herself.

Public comment

North State Resources project manager Wirt Lanning said public comment on the document is important in shaping the scope of the EIR.

Individuals are invited to comment on possible environmental issues arising from the project description, including such areas as:

• Aesthetics;

• Air quality;

• Biological resources;

• Cultural resources;

• Geology and soils;

• Hazards and hazardous materials;

• Hydrology and water quality;

• Land use and planning;

• Noise;

• Population and housing;

• Public services;

• Recreation;

• Transportation/traffic; and,

• Utilities.

The NOP is available for public viewing on the city’s website: www.mtshastaca.gov as well as at the following locations:

• City Hall, 305 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd, Mount Shasta;

• Mount Shasta Branch Library, 515 E. Alma St, Mount Shasta; and,

• Siskiyou County Clerk’s Office, 510 N. Main Street, Yreka.

Written comments and suggestions about the scope of the EIR should be sent to Ms. Tammy Lapthorne, Deputy City Clerk, City of Mount Shasta, 305 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mount Shasta, CA, 96067.

Scoping meeting

A public scoping meeting will be held in the Mount Shasta Community Center at 629 Alder St. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Eckert said the meeting format will be “interactive and informational.”

Tables will be hosted by the respective expert representatives of each of the CEQA elements. The representatives will answer questions, receive comments, and discuss the project with individuals who attend.

Sometime after the Dec. 1 deadline for the comment period has passed, he said, the city will hold a meeting in a more traditional format for the sake of discussion with the community.