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Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The Draft Management Plans (DMP) are supported by a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which analyzes the potential impacts from modified and new regulations in the three sanctuaries, as well as impacts from a range of regulatory alternatives. Proposed changes to regulations are intended to clarify and strengthen protections for marine habitats, sensitive species, water quality, and submerged cultural and historic resources. Based on comments received during the public comment period on these draft documents, the National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) will develop Final Management Plans, Final Rules and a Final Environmental Impact Statement. The final documents will include responses to all comments received during the public comment period. The NMSP anticipates publishing the final plans in 2007.

To view or download a copy of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, please click on the following links to view the PDF files:

00 - Cover Abstract, Table of Contents 980KB
00a - Executive Summary 868KB
01 - Purpose and Needs 792KB
02 - Project Description 2.1MB
03 - Combined Environmental Impact Analsys 6.3MB
04 - Alternatives Summary 456KB
05 - NEPA Conclusions 176KB
06 - Findings and Determinations 336KB
07 - Preparers 176KB
08 - References 332KB
09 - Glossary 220KB
App A - Public Scoping 464KB
App B -Designation & Regulation Changes 3.1MB
App C - Summary of Sanctuary Action Plans 308KB
App D - Biological Resources 984KB
3/13/08 Supplemental Draft EIS 720KB
Complete Draft EIS 16.7MB

To request a CD-ROM of the Draft Management Plans, Proposed Rules, and accompanying Draft Environmental Impact Statement, please email your request to or call one of the following numbers:

  • Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary: (415) 663-0314
  • Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary: (415) 561-6622
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: (831) 647-4201

The NMSP released the Draft Management Plans, Proposed Rules, and Draft Environmental Impact Statement to the public on October 6, 2006, and will be accepting public comments on the documents from that date through January 5, 2007. During that time members of the public can submit written comments on the documents via email, mail, and fax, and provide verbal comments during public hearings. For more information on providing comments, please see Get Involved!

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