Posted by: Deirdre Des Jardins | May 7, 2018

WaterFix: Construction Noise Impacts

Save the California Delta Alliance explains how noise impacts of the WaterFix project construction on the towns of Hood and Clarksburg are underestimated in the CEQA environmental documents.

Save the California Delta Alliance (STCDA)

In this blog, I’ll report on the findings from the Water Board Hearings about the noise impacts from the tunnel construction on the small communities in the North.

The towns of Hood and Clarksburg are in the middle of the massive tunnel project. That is where the pumping station will be located.

An expert sound witness hired by Save the California Delta Alliance to testify in the Water Board Permit Hearings about the WaterFix (Delta Tunnel) permits, reviewed the WaterFix Noise Chapter and found that, in his opinion, the calculations for sound used by the DWR are incorrect. Walter Salter testified that, ‘Construction noise levels are likely underestimated in some areas, by as much as 10 dB to 15 dB or more…” He found that, “Construction noise (pile driving, blasting, and trucking activities) is expected to significantly interfere with the activities at certain recreational facilities or businesses available for community…

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