Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today applauded the U.S. Army's decision to put the clean-up of Crissy Field on a fast track. "Crissy Field is the Presidio's front window to the Bay. Its renewal as a national park site will open that window to environmental beauty and greater public enjoyment," Pelosi said.
The U.S. Army signed off on the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for Crissy Field yesterday. The $7.54 million project is a cooperative effort of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army, the Environmental Protection Agency and California state regulators. "The level of cooperation to reach this combined goal with the Army and the Park Service has been extraordinary. I hope this same model can be developed Presidio-wide," Pelosi said.
The Army clean-up of the Crissy Field area will begin immediately with a scheduled completion date of August 1, 1998. Upon completion of the clean-up, a broader restoration and park improvement plan for the site, sponsored by the National Park service, will begin. This plan includes public walkways, restored dunes and wetlands, large green spaces for recreation, and a community and environmental center.
"Over recent decades, 90% of the Bay's wetlands have been lost to shoreline development. Crissy Field will be one of the first attempts to restore historic wetlands along the Bay, and the first effort ever in San Francisco," Pelosi said.
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