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LETTER To the editor:

Save the eagles from the airport
Airports and bald eagles do not mix very well. The city manager says the city of Ennis wants a new airport and they have selected three possible sites, with the site next to Ensign Road as the preferred site. They say the airport will be one mile long. The runway itself will be 4,000-feet long, the same length as the current airport. The ends of the runway have what is called a “bird strike zone.” There is a problem at the south end due to the nest of bald eagles on the east side of the bird strike zone. Lake Bardwell is on the west side. Bald eagles are no longer on the endangered list. However, they are still federally protected. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have a 23-page paper titled, “NATIONAL BALD EAGLE MANGEMENT GUIDELINES. The first page says, “The bald eagle is protected by the Bald Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).” The MBTA and the Eagle Act protect the bald eagles from a variety of harmful actions and impacts. There are many guidelines in this paper. Specific to this airport site on page 14, item one says “Minimize potentially disruptive activities and development in the eagle’s direct flight patch between their nest and roosting sites and important foraging areas.” Item five says, “Locate aircraft corridors no closer than 1,000-feet vertical or horizontal distance from communal roost sites.” Three years ago a bald eagle pair built a nest on our property. They have raised two baby eagles each of these three years. We have many pictures of these eagles, both adult and young. They feed mostly on fish. They fly from their nest or roosts directly across what would be the “bird strike zone” to get to Lake Bardwell to fish. We have pictures of their nest, sitting in trees, and on equipment on our farm. One place the young ones like to sit is on top of a 6,000-gallon fertilizer tank that is next to Central High Road. It is well within the 1,000 feet distance from the bird strike zone. They must fly through this area to get to and from Lake Bardwell. It seems to me that these guidelines from a federal law would prevent or be in violation of this law if this site is selected.
W.R. (Bill) Dyess
Ennis, TX

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