The Coastal Post - August, 1997

Things Are Moving Fast On Bolinas Lagoon

BY JOAN REUTINGER

The California Legislature has declared Bolinas Lagoon a "national treasure." And the United States Senate Appropriations Sub-Committee has voted $750,000 for Phase II of the Bolinas Lagoon Project. The full Senate Appropriations Committee must approve the Sub-Committee recommendations and then the full Senate. Please write to

The Honorable Vic Fazio

U.S. House of Representatives,

2113 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515-0503

and to

The Honorable Lynn Woolsey

439 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515-0506

to urge them to support the Senate position.

At a meeting held on July 12, Assemblywoman Kerry Mazzoni presented the Legislature's Resolution to the Committee to Save Bolinas Lagoon. John Jones, chair of the Committee, gave the citation to Supervisor Steve Kinsey, after saying copies of it should be sent to the Bolinas and Stinson Beach Community Centers.

The United States Corps of Engineers reports that the Phase I study of Bolinas Lagoon, authorized and funded by the federal government, will be completed in July. The Corps study must recommend Phase II of the Bolinas Lagoon Project, which entails a feasibility study, an environmental impact study, and a cost benefit analysis. The Corps estimates the cost of Phase II at some $2,500,000.

Supervisor Steve Kinsey has taken the lead in urging Senator Boxer and Congresswoman Woolsey to support full funding for the Bolinas Lagoon Project this year.

The meeting was very well-attended, concerned citizens realizing the rapidity with which the lagoon is losing tidal prism. They need funds. Any contributions, however small, will be welcome.