City of Folsom and Bureau of Reclamation Approve Waterfront Trail Project
April 28, 2013

The Folsom City Council certified the Initial Study-Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS-MND) for the Lake Natoma Waterfront and Trail Access Enhancement Project on April 28, 2013. AES prepared a combined Environmental Assessment (EA)/IS-MND on behalf of the City; California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks); and the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to meet the requirements for both the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The City proposes to develop a pedestrian loop trail on existing paved and unpaved trails adjacent to Lake Natoma within the historic district of downtown Folsom and the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. The project site encompasses lands that are owned by Reclamation and maintained by State Parks. The goals of the project include providing American with Disabilities Act compliant pathways to the waterfront and enhancing the natural environment through replacing various invasive/non-native species with species native to the American River. Certification of the IS-MND continues the City’s commitment to promoting access to natural resources supporting the City, while preserving the environment for future generations. Reclamation released a draft Finding of No Significant Impact on the project and it is anticipated that State Parks will certify the IS-MND to complete its CEQA requirements. The project will begin construction in 2014.

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