Nick talked about this during class one day. Here is more info from Ducks Unlimited. We are past the open comment period but there is more info on the website:
A new space port has been proposed for construction along the boundary
of Brevard and Volusia counties, within the management boundaries of the
John F. Kennedy Space Center and Merritt Island National Wildlife
While Ducks Unlimited is not opposed to the development
of space launch facilities and the associated economic benefits, we have
concerns with site placement and the potential indirect and direct
impacts that could occur to the surrounding wetland ecosystem.
concerns with the development of
the Shiloh Launch Complex include: (1) impacts to waterfowl habitats
and management, (2) disturbance to habitat and wildlife, and (3) impacts
to hunting opportunities.
The open comment period ends Friday,
Feb. 21. As a Florida citizen and Ducks Unlimited member, we would ask
you to submit comments via firstname.lastname@example.org to the Federal
Aviation Administration. DU has submitted a formal letter of comment
which you may use to develop your comments if you desire.
Here are a few points in brief:
Merritt Island is a designated Globally Important Bird Area and serves
as an important migration and wintering site for a variety of waterfowl,
shorebirds and neotropical birds.
* Potential impacts from the
development of the launch complex could include alteration of surface
hydrology from infrastructure such as roads and other impervious
surfaces which can increase runoff, pollution and ultimately impair
water quality within
the Mosquito and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems and adjacent managed
* Due to location of the proposed launch facility,
issues with access especially to the Shiloh 1, 3 and 5 impoundments
could potentially prevent proper management of these important wetlands,
thus having negative effects on the vegetation used by migratory birds
and local fisheries.
* While disturbance from the Proposed Site
could impact the use of nearby wetlands for migratory birds and other
wildlife, an additional concern is the impact to users of the refuge, in
particular the capacity of waterfowl hunters to access the surrounding
managed wetlands that may be closed due to launch activities. Hunt areas
on Merritt Island that could be impacted by development of the launch
site facility include the Shiloh impoundments of the Indian River
Lagoon, as well as additional hunt areas within Mosquito Lagoon.
Click here to view the DU letter to the FAA in PDF
As always, thanks for your support of Ducks Unlimited!