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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Santa Barbara Airport Awarded Wildlife Hazard Assessment Grant

The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) announced today that it has been awarded an Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Grant by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct a Wildlife Hazard Assessment and update its Wildlife Hazard Management Plan.

This federally-funded $90,700 grant will allow SBA to conduct a Wildlife Hazard Assessment to identify the wildlife species observed and assess their numbers, locations, local movement, and daily/seasonal activities. This grant award furthers the Airport’s efforts to ensure the safety of the flying public with minimal impact to the environment. “Between the runway relocation project, the tidal restoration project, and the ending of the Slough mouth maintenance program, our situation is quite different from our last Wildlife Hazard Assessment in 2005. It’s time for an update,” said Hazel Johns, Airport Director.

In 2010 the Airport restored 13 acres of tidal wetlands in the Goleta Slough to reduce waterfowl attractants and improve native habitat. According to Andrew Bermond, Airport Project Planner, “Tidal wetland restoration has been a huge win-win for Santa Barbara. It enhances a vital ecosystem while improving safety for the flying public.”

The year-long assessment will look at wildlife attractants on Airport property and locations within a 5-mile radius of the Airport. The results of the Wildlife Hazard Assessment will be used to update the Airport’s Wildlife Hazard Management Plan.

Congresswoman Lois Capps, Mayor Helene Schneider and Airport Director Hazel Johns will tour the Slough inside the Airport security fence on Thursday, July 3rd at 1:30pm. Media interested in going on the tour should meet at the Santa Barbara Airport Administration Building, 601 Firestone Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93117 at 1:00pm with appropriate credentials.

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of Santa Barbara, serving over 710,000 passengers annually.

Contact

Contact: Hazel Johns, Airport Director
Phone: 805.967.7111
Email: HJohns@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

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