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Comments sought on mitigation report on seal dispersal

City officials have released a document that says it is possible to compensate for significant environmental impacts of plans to disperse the harbor seals from the Children’s Pool.

Publication of the report, called a draft mitigated negative declaration, was released by the city this week so the public has time to comment by Nov. 9. Public input will be included in the final document that will be presented to decision makers.

The document, available at notes “one of two dispersal methods would be used. First would to be used would amplified sound on the beach pointed toward the ocean and away from nearby residences. If that does not work, the plan calls for spraying water with a garden hose to “encourage the seals to vacate the beach.”

Both methods of dispersal are approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The notice cites noise as the area of “potentially significant” impact, which it says could be mitigated by regulating the direction in which the speakers point. The environmental analysis also examined a range of things from aesthetics and neighborhood character to air and water quality, where no impacts were noted.

Written comments should be sent to Allison Sherwood, Environmental Planner, City of San Diego Development Services Center, 1222 First Ave., MS 501, San Diego, Ca., 92010 or e-mailed to

asherwood@sandiego.gov

with the project number, 194287, in the subject line.

Whether or not seals are to be dispersed from Children’s Pool is an issue pending in court. A new judge, Timothy Taylor, and a new court date, Nov. 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Department 72 at the downtown courthouse, have been set.

The document can be viewed at //

docs.sandiego.gov/citybulletin_publicnotices/CEQA/PN1300%2523194287mnd%252010%252020%25202009.pdf

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