Save Our Skies Santa Cruz is a grassroots organization of committed, well-organized community members concerned about the Nextgen SERFR SFO arrival path that was implemented in March of 2015 and has brought serious and consistent noise levels over the residents of Santa Cruz County. Areas that were previously pristine and dominated by natural sounds are now drowned out by the consistent noise of jet planes throughout the day.
To follow through with The Select Committee’s recommendation to Eshoo, Farr and Spier that the FAA move forward with the implementation of a revised flight path, “Arrivals into SFO from the south use the BSR groundtrack for a new Nextgen procedure.”
The Environmental Assessment (EA) stating the change in jet arrival paths to SFO would have “No Impact” on our community was created within the FAA with the help of Atac Corporation and implemented without public outreach or comment by the residents of Santa Cruz County. It is believed the EA was flawed in its assessment of “No Impact” based on the increased noise level that is experienced since its implementation day of March 5, 2015 when the route change took place.
Santa Cruz County is geographically complex. From sea level to 3,786 feet at the highest point, our mountains are filled with valleys and ridges. Noise created by jet engines as they arrive over Capitola Wharf and traverse the SERFR route flows into and around this complex area like water. Sound is amplified on one side of a valley or ridge and completely muffled on the other based on the terrain.
No actual data was collected and analyzed by the staff responsible for creating the Environmental Assessment. The FAA has no understanding of the impact that this route change has had on the residents of Santa Cruz County. The hasty implementation of SERFR has been a travesty for our residents, wildlife, businesses and visitors that come to Santa Cruz for peace and relaxation