New Balloon Track permit on tap
The Balloon Track property in Eureka continues to capture the spotlight this week — the former rail yard is on the agenda for tonight’s Eureka City Council meeting. Property owners are seeking a new Coastal Development Permit (CDP) to reduce stormwater contaminated with dissolved copper from discharging into Humboldt Bay.
If approved, the Interim Stormwater Management Program would install a PVC riser pipe in two drainage ditches, and “the creation of a detention/infiltration area formed with pre-fabricated concrete K-rails and sandbags, located near the center and at the highest elevation of the Balloon Track property,” according to the staff report.
The permit is in addition to the CDP that was appealed to the California Coastal Commission (CCC) late last year, which stalled out for lack of cooperation by applicant Security National, which owns the property.
Speaking of that battle, the above cartoon appeared in Sunday’s Times-Standard after Security National denied the CCC access to the property.