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Document on shrimp impact by proposed trolley project released

A supplemental environmental document for the San Diego Association of Governments' planned Mid-Coast Corridor Trolley extension project was released for public comment on Thursday.

The document evaluates a previously unidentified impact to San Diego fairy shrimp, a federally listed endangered species, SANDAG said in a release. The public will have 45 days, starting Friday and ending Sept. 2, to submit comments. SANDAG has made the document available online at sandag.org/midcoast, and noted there where written comments should be addressed.

The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project will extend trolley service from Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego to the University City community.

According to SANDAG, endangered fairy shrimp were detected adjacent to existing railroad tracks in the construction area during surveys in 2014, in a basin approximately 76 feet long and 5.5 feet wide. The supplemental document identifies proposed mitigation steps, including proposed restoration or enhancement of vernal pools within west Otay Mesa. The document has been submitted as a formal addition to the project's Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Subsequent Environmental Impact Report. That report was circulated for review and comment from May 17, 2013 to July 17, 2013.

The public may submit comments in writing by U.S. mail, email or fax; oral comments may be made on the project's voice mail phone line by calling 619-595-5620.

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