VA Northern California Health Care System

Alameda Final Environmental Assessment

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Department of the Navy (Navy)
Final Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

The Proposed Action is the transfer of 624-acres of excess Federal property at the former NAS Alameda from the Navy to the VA via a Federal-to-Federal land transfer; and the VA’s subsequent construction and operation of a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) outpatient clinic (OPC), Veteran Benefits Administration (VBA) outreach office, National Cemetery Administration (NCA) columbaria cemetery, conservation management office (CMO), and associated infrastructure on approximately 112-acres of the transferred land. The remaining 512-acres, including a 9.7-acre California Least Tern (CLT; Sternula antillarum browni) colony location, would remain undeveloped and managed for the long-term persistence and sustainability of the Federal endangered CLT colony.

The VA and Navy Final EA and Draft FONSIs were distributed via a Notice of Availability on or before November 18, 2013 to various Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as other interested individuals and organizations. Both Draft FONSIs were available for a review period concluding 30 days after issuance. The VA and Navy signed their respective Final FONSIs on December 19, 2013.

Interested Parties may view and/or download the Final EA and FONSIs by using the links provided below:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Northern California Health Care System and National Cemetery Administration are seeking to establish a single location at the former Naval Air Station Alameda (federal-to-federal land transfer from the Department of the Navy to the VA) to serve, care for, honor, and memorialize Northern California Area Veterans in a manner that addresses the area’s current and future capacity needs and provides a greater range of Veteran services.

Resource areas analyzed in the Final EA include Biological Resources; Water Resources; Transportation, Traffic, Circulation, and Parking; Cultural Resources; Visual Resources and Aesthetics; Land Use; Air Quality; Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change; Socioeconomics and Environmental Justice; Hazards and Hazardous Substances; Utilities; Noise; Public Services; Geology and Soils. The Final EA also addressed potential cumulative impacts that may result from reasonably foreseeable projects in the region.

Based on information gathered during preparation of the Final EA and based on the findings in the Final EA, incorporated herein, the VA finds that implementation of the Proposed Action, with the implementation and monitoring of the mitigation measures identified in this Draft FONSI, would not have a significant impact on the human environment; and that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required for the transfer of excess property and the VA’s subsequent development of an OPC, outreach offices, CMO, cemetery, and associated infrastructure at the former NAS Alameda, City of Alameda, California.

This Draft FONSI will have a review period, concluding 30 days after issuance of the Notice of Availability (NOA), at which time the FONSI will be signed, and the Proposed Action could be implemented.

This Draft FONSI and the Final EA, including response to comments received on the Draft EA, has been distributed to various Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as other interested individuals and organizations.

Inquiries may be sent to:

Mr. Douglas Roaldson
Environmental Program Manager
Department of Veterans Affairs VISN 21
201 Walnut Avenue, Room 1020
Mare Island, CA 94592-1107
Fax: (707) 562-8369
Email: Alameda.EA@va.gov

Interested Parties may view and/or download the Final EA with the provided link below:


Historic VA/Navy Alameda Environmental Documents, including the Draft EA

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Northern California Health Care System and National Cemetery Administration are seeking to establish a single location at the former Naval Air Station Alameda (federal-to-federal land transfer from the Department of the Navy to the VA) to serve, care for, honor, and memorialize Northern California Area Veterans in a manner that addresses the area’s current and future capacity needs and provides a greater range of Veteran services.

In preparation for this proposed undertaking, the VA and Navy have drafted a National Environmental Policy Act/Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) document that describes purpose, assess need for, and evaluates the potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts on the human and natural environment; as well as consider possible effects on historic properties.

Interested Parties may view and/or download the Draft EA with the provided link below:

Federal, state, and local agencies and interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to review and comment on the Draft EA or attend public meetings.

Please email comments to:  Alameda.EA@va.gov

Mr. Douglas Roaldson
Environmental Program Manager
Department of Veterans Affairs VISN 21
201 Walnut Avenue, Room 1020
Mare Island, CA 94592-1107
Fax: (707) 562-8369
Email: Alameda.EA@va.gov

We encourage all interested parties to comment on the Draft EA no later than Friday, March 29, 2013; extended to Friday, April 19, 2013 (total 56 days).

The public is also invited to attend any of the two three open identical meeting sessions where the VA and Navy will describe this proposed undertaking and accept comments: 

When:  Thursday, March 14, 2013 at either 1-3 p.m. or 6-8 p.m.
Where: USS HORNET Museum
707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3
Alameda, CA 94501
510-521-8448

Driving Directions

VA and the Navy acknowledge the Aircraft Carrier HORNET Foundation's assistance in securing accommodations for the public meeting. Please dress warmly!

Extended Comment Period and 3RD Public Meeting

In response to public input, the Navy and VA are extending the public comment period for the Draft EA until Friday, April 19, 2013.

In addition, a third public meeting will be held to provide an additional opportunity for the public to receive information and comment on the Draft EA. The meeting will be preceded by an open information session to allow interested individuals to review information presented in the Draft EA. The third open information session and public meeting is scheduled for:

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Where: Albert H. Dewitt Officers’ Club
641 West Redline Avenue
Alameda, California 94501
(510) 747-7529

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Written, email, fax or verbal comments provided by the public will be incorporated into the Final EA.

We appreciate your input!