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Request asks county to work on EIR for sand dunes

September 30, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has asked the county Planning Department to serve as co-lead agency on a proposed amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan.

The request includes asking the Planning Department to serve as co-lead agency for an environmental impact study on the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

According to county documents, the bureau's management plan for the recreation area has been in place since 1987 and is outdated. The plan needs to be updated to include the federal listing of Pierson's milk-vetch as a threatened species, designation of the North Algodones Dunes as wilderness and changes in visitor use.

The Planning Department will ask the county Board of Supervisors for direction on the bureau's request at the board's meeting Tuesday.


The supervisors also will conduct a special hearing on the proposed use of money from a law enforcement grant of $52,477.

Early in the meeting, the board will hear a presentation on the sugar cane research project from Paul Sebesta, director of the local Desert Research and Extension Center.

In addition, the board will discuss and possibly take action on:

· a feasibility study on county landfills,

· adjustments on $111,400 worth of EPA grant money,

· a resolution to support legislation to include renewable energy power plants within the definition of the capital investment incentive program,

· as the Gateway county service area board of directors, adopt a resolution on Proposition 218 tax ballot procedures for a maintenance and operation tax, a sewer and water tax and a traffic mitigation tax.

The Board of Supervisors meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the board chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro. Meeting agendas are available online at

Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or

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