Buena Vista Lagoon is a freshwater lagoon in Southern California, protected from tidal influence by a beach berm and a weir, located at the lagoon mouth. The health of the lagoon has declined over time due to natural and man-made causes. Numerous federal, state and local agencies and organizations have been involved in past efforts to identify acceptable solutions.
K&A developed a public involvement plan to ensure an open and transparent process that provided up-to-date information and opportunities for interested members of the public to comment and provide input on the project’s EIR. The K&A team met all federal, state and local public involvement requirements including those of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The plan increased understanding of the proposed action and alternatives in effort to minimize misinformation. A forum was provided where interested stakeholders could interact with project team members, ask questions and receive information. The team solicited and obtained meaningful stakeholder input to guide the development of project alternatives and identify environmental resources to be analyzed in the Draft EIR.