Lake Pleasant and Lake Pleasant Park, located in Peoria, Arizona, comprise one of Arizona\'s most precious water-recreation and camping locations. The lake and park are threatened now by a proposed new marina, the Scorpion Bay Marina & Yacht Club.
There is no need for Scorpion Bay Marina. The Bureau of Reclamation has already determined that the safe carrying capacity of Lake Pleasant is 546 boats at any one time. This safety level is already being exceed by three times (1,600 +/). Scorpion Bay Marina would cause the safe carrying capacity of the lake to be exceeded to an even greater extent.
The Bureau of Reclamation and Maricopa County are ignoring the serious public safety problems that will be caused by a new marina and more boats. The Bureau of Reclamation has refused to conduct a proper and federally-required Environmental Impact Statement -- and there may be a serious negative environmental impact on Lake Pleasant and Lake Pleasant Park.
The negative social impact of a new marina on Lake Pleasant would cause the lake and park no longer to be enjoyable places to visit, due to over-crowding and safety issues. The United States Department of the Interior has expressed serious concerns over the potential Scorpion Bay Marina and its impact on Lake Pleasant.
We therefore request that the Bureau of Reclamation not issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (\"FONSI\")(which, if issued, would allow construction of the marina to proceed) and that BOR conduct a full environmental impact statement before considering plans for a new Marina.
This petition will be emailed to the Bureau of Reclamation, members of the Maricopa County Board of Commissioners and Arizona\'s Congressional Delegation.
This petition is sponsored by Protect Lake Pleasant, an organization founded to protect the lake and it users from an unnecessary marina that will cause further over-crowding on the lake and which may harm the lake and park environment. For more information, visit www.protectlakepleasant.org
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