Environmental impact assessment: 2016 Geri Fields turf improvements
Huxley College of the Environment
Department or Program Affiliation
Department of Environmental Studies
The purpose of this Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is to investigate the potential environmental impacts of upgrading the baseball fields at the Frank Geri Ball Fields (FGBF) complex from natural grass to synthetic turf. This would increase the year-round availability of the fields for recreational purposes. This assessment includes analysis of the proposed action in question, as well as an alternative action and a no action plan as mandated by the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).
The proposed action is to upgrade all four fields at the FGBF complex from their natural grass surface to a synthetic turf playing surface, as well as make some minor updates and upgrades to the lighting systems on fields 2 and 3. The alternative action would leave the upper field, 4, in its natural grass state, in an effort to lessen several of the supposed impacts of a turf upgrade. If no action is taken, the fields will remain saturated and unusable for the majority of the year.
Environmental Impact Assessment
Subject – LCSH (for OAI)
Synthetic sporting surfaces--Environmental aspects--Washington (State)--Bellingham; Environmental impact analysis--Washington (State)--Bellingham
Environmental impact statement
Western Washington University
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Bethel, Willie; Langer, Courtney; Mellum, Kristi; Richardson, Greg; and Watson, Ryan, "Geri Fields turf improvement project environmental impact statement Bellingham, WA" (2016). Huxley College Graduate and Undergraduate Publications. 67.