The San Joaquin River Conservancy has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for a 2.5 mile extension of the Lewis S. Eaton Trail on over 400 acres of public land. The project site is called Spano River Ranch or Fresno River West, and is located between Highway 41 and Palm Avenue.
The DEIR states that there is an unavoidable environmental justice impact for the proposed project, due to the lack of vehicle access to the site within the City of Fresno. If the Conservancy Board approves the DEIR without any additional access, Fresno residents traveling by car will have to drive into Madera County on Highway 41, and then back into Fresno on the old Highway 41 to reach the site. The Trust created a short video showing this trip - you can watch the video on our YouTube channel.
Watch the videos
The River Parkway Trust is creating short videos showing different aspects of the proposed project and the alternatives evaluated in the DEIR. Click the links below to watch the videos we've created so far, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates.
Proposed Project and Alternative 1 - please note that you need to watch the entire video to see the Alternative 1 access point.
Alternative 3 - River's Edge Trail
Alternative 5 - Landfill routes - this video shows two routes that were considered for alternative 5 and removed from consideration due to environmental issues. We're showing these routes because there is still discussion about each of them in the community.
Alternative 5 - Preferred Route
We encourage you to review the DEIR yourself in order to formulate your comments. Click here to review the DEIR online.
The DEIR is also available for public review at the following locations: