Port of Camas-Washougal

Final Environmental Assessment - June 2011

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The Environmental Assessment has been finalized and is out for public review. The Port expects the Finding of Nonsignificant Impact (FONSI) to be signed by the FAA and sent to the Port within the next 10 days. The FONSI is the FAA’s response to the completed Environmental Assessment.

The Draft EA was prepared under FAA guidelines, followed by a public comment period November 19 – February 8, 2011. Copies of the Draft EA were made available for inspection at the Clark County Public Library, the Port of Camas-Washougal administration office, and the Seattle Airports District Office of the FAA in Renton, WA.

A public hearing was held February 8, 2011 at which time the public’s comments were recorded and subsequently submitted to the FAA for their response.


"The Port of Camas-Washougal is considering undertaking the following improvements at the Grove Field Airport, as recommended by the 2005 Airport Layout Plan and which are necessary to correct Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standard deficiencies:

  • Shift the runway to meet runway centerline / taxiway centerline separation standards to 150 feet (currently 75’ to 125’).
  • Widen the runway to a width of 60 feet (currently 40’).
  • Lengthen the runway to the FAA’s recommended length of 3,070 feet (currently 2620’).
  • Clear obstructions within the Airport’s runway safety area (RSA), object free area (OFA), runway protection zone (RPZ), and Federal Aviation Regulation Part 77 imaginary surfaces.

These actions are necessary to bring the Airport into compliance with FAA design standards for the Airport’s existing airport reference code (ARC) of A-I (small), while complying with Federal and State environmental regulations. The proposed actions are needed to protect airport operation areas and keep them free from obstructions to ensure the safe operations of the existing and future aircraft fleet mix. From a local perspective, the proposed action is needed to maintain the Airport as an essential public facility and economic resource for eastern Clark County.

The FAA, as lead agency, has determined that an Environmental Assessment (EA) should be prepared for the proposal. There are no project-related impacts, but for these categories: Air Quality, Biotic Resources, Construction, Noise and Water Quality. However, it is not anticipated that there will be significant impacts. The proposed actions, including best management practices and avoidance of environmental impacts where applicable, has been developed in consultation with Federal, State, and Local officials as appropriate.”

Final Environmental Assessment

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