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Here are commonly asked questions regarding the Haiku Stairs Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Process.
The proposed action is to remove Haiku Stairs as its continued management is not consistent with the BWS mission. Currently, the BWS annually spends approximately $160,000 of water rate funds for security at Haiku Stairs that should otherwise be used to deliver water to its customers. The removal of Haiku Stairs eliminates liability risk for BWS and adjoining ridgeline landowners. As an example, in late April 2016, a swing was illegally installed along Haiku Stairs, which presented potential life endangering consequences. In this case, BWS contracted the removal of the swing at a cost of $23,000 to ratepayers.
As a part of the state environmental review process, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared. The EIS will consider the proposed action along with three alternative scenarios:
Estimated costs are not known at this time but will be evaluated during the EIS. Cost estimates will evaluate the removal of Haiku Stairs as well as a range of necessary structural improvements if left in place.
The schedule to complete the environmental review process is estimated to be 1 year from the issuance of the EIS Preparation Notice (EISPN), which notifies interested parties that a Draft EIS is being prepared. The EISPN will detail the alternatives to be further considered and the studies to be completed. The EISPN is projected to be released in December 2016. A key component throughout the process will be a series of community interactions and meetings to gather input as to viable alternatives.
Please submit comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments are due by Tuesday, May 23.
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