CH2M HILL MEMORANDUM
TO: Interdisciplinary Team
FROM: Stan Nuffer
DATE: July 22, 1987
SUBJECT: Logan Canyon Environmental Study
The 23rd Interdisciplinary Team meeting was held on June 22,
1987, at 1:30 p.m. at the Brigham City Hall in Brigham City,
Utah. Enclosed are the minutes for your review. Also
enclosed for review is the following:
o Public and Agency Involvement Technical Memorandum
including issues and concerns from scoping process
o Technical Memoranda, Chapters 1 through 8--final
draft, incorporating suggested changes from previous
o Road user benefit/cost comparison--first draft,
Chapter 9--bound with Chapters 1 through 8
o Spot Improvement memorandum
The next meeting will be held on Friday July 31, at 1:30 p.m.
at the UDOT district office in Ogden, Utah. The agenda will
be as follows:
1. Review minutes of May 18 and June 22 meetings. Ten
2. Visual Resources Technical Memorandum. Fifty minutes
3. Issues and Concerns Technical Memorandum. Fifty minutes
4. Spot improvements alternative discussion, including
accident report summary for Logan Cave. Fifty minutes
5. Chapter 9, Road User Benefit--Costs Comparison. Thirty
6. Supplement to the Noise Technical Memorandum. John
LOGAN CANYON ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY
ID TEAM MEETING MINUTES
June 22, 1987
Steve Flint, Audubon Society
Rudy Lukes, Sierra Club
Fred LaBar, USFS
Torn Lyon, Utah Wilderness Association
Bill Helm, Unattached
Jim Naegle, UDOT
Lynn Zollinger, UDOT
Gale Larson, Valley Engineering
Stan Nuffer, CH2M HILL
Lynn Foster, CH2M HILL
Larry Martin, CH2M HILL
ITEM l--REVIEW OF MINUTES
The minutes of the May 18 meeting were not reviewed.
The first item of business discussed was a memorandum to the
ID Team from "Conservation Representatives" appearing under
the letterhead of the Citizens for the Protection of Logan
Canyon. The memorandum was requested to be entered into the
minutes of the meeting and was discussed at length as follows :
1. Issues Identification--The main concern was that a list
of issues, concerns, or alternatives developed from the
scoping process has not yet been presented to the ID
Response--Summaries of the two scoping meetings and a
partial summary of the written comments have been distributed
previously. A tabular summary of the scoping
meetings and written responses was distributed during
the meeting; it will be used to provide a technical
memorandum summarizing the scoping process.
2. Chapter 8, Alternatives--The main concern was that the
various alternatives presented in Chapter 8 are not
properly analyzed with regard to possible impacts and
mitigations as presented in other technical memoranda
Response--Chapter 8 as submitted was 'a description of
the alternatives, and was not intended to be the complete
presentation of impacts and mitigation. Any
environmental conclusions included in the chapter were
very general and it was agreed in the later detailed
discussion of Chapter 8 to delete the summary sections,
and let Chapter 8 stand as a description of the alternatives
3. Organization of Material From CH2M HILL--The main concern
was how the technical memorandums and reports are
to be used in an EIS.
Response--From the beginning of the study, the T.M.s
have been used as a means to organize and document the
data and findings in a logical manner. The organization
of the T.M.s has generally followed the outline
presented at the December 22, 1986, ID meeting, and are
to be used as resources for preparation of the DEIS.
Since the T.M.s as a whole are much more voluminous
than can be accommodated in a DEIS, the information is
to be summarized, rearranged, and edited into the DEIS.
A preliminary outline of the DEIS was shown on the
blackboard by Larry Martin. The essential elements of
that outline will be included in the format for the
DEIS as follows:
1. PURPOSE AND NEED
Alternatives Developed for Further
Comparison of Alternatives
3. AFFECTED ENVIRONMENT
4. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES AND MITIGATION
Aquatic Resources/Water Quality
Historic and Archaeological
Relationship Between Local Short-Term Uses
of Man's Environment and the Maintenance
and Enhancement of Long-Term Productivity
Irreversible or Irretrievable Commitments
5. DRAFT 4(f) STATEMENT
6. DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AVAILABILITY,
DISTRIBUTION, AND PREPARERS
Contacts Regarding This Draft Environmental
Review of the DEIS
Availability of the DEIS
List of Preparers
7. PUBLIC AND AGENCY INVOLVEMENT
Agency Consultations and Involvement
4. Study Timetable--The main concern was that the evaluation
of alternatives based on impactsi mitigation and
issues is being pushed through.
Response--It appears that this concern was due largely
to the misconception by some ID Team members that Chapter
8 of the transportation plan T.M.s represented the
alternative analysis which as explained above, it does
not. The ID Team will have the opportunity to review
the sections of the DEIS outlined above.
5. Spot Improvements Alternative--The main concern was the
the spot improvements alternatives was expanded to
include more actions.
Response--The spot improvements outlined in Chapter 8
responded to the comments received in the scoping process
from a wide range of perspectives, and need to be
considered at this point in the study. Each spot
improvement will be evaluated on its own merits, along
with the environmental consequences, after which the
preferred group of spot improvements will be selected.
ITEM 2--DISCUSSION OF CHAPTER 8 TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM
Detailed discussion of Chapter 8, the Alternatives Technical
Memorandum, resulted in a number of wording changes that
were suggested and will be incorporated into the chapter.
The most significant suggestion was to eliminate value
judgements and conclusions from this chapter and leave it as
a description of the alternatives only. It was also suggested
to take out the references to level of service and
discuss them in a separate section.
ITEM 3--AIR QUALITY TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM
John Neil briefly reviewed the Air Quality Technical Memorandum.
The only comment was on the basis for the average
running speed used in Table 2. The low average running
speeds were used because they are considered the worst case.
Using these criteria showed no significant air quality
ITEM 4--LAND USE AND RECREATION TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM
A number of suggestions on wording clarifications and corrections
to maps and figures were made.
ITEM 5--SOCIOECONOMIC TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM
General comment that some sections seemed biased toward the
Rich County needs. More mention of the Cache County/Logan
users socioeconomic use of the Canyon needs to be made.
ITEM 6--TERRESTRIAL RESOURCES TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM
Limited time was available for discussion of this memorandum.
Reference to Oak Brush and Pinion juniper need to
ITEM 7--AQUATIC RESOURCES TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM
General comment was that this Technical Memorandum was in
good shape. Suggested eliminating reference to China Row
Creek and Ricks Spring as spawning tributaries. Bunch Grass
Creek and White Pine Creek are considered spawning tributaries
and should be mentioned. The value of fishing needs
to be included in the Socioeconomic Technical Memorandum.
ITEM 8--VISUAL TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM
Time was not available for discussion.
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