Draft EIS Released on Impacts of Raising Shasta Dam

Draft EIS Released on Impacts of Raising Shasta Dam

The 90-day public comment period opened today on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation (SLWRI), a study which examines the impacts of raising Shasta Dam.

The Draft EIS evaluates six alternative plans to modify the existing Shasta Dam and Shasta Reservoir Project, located near Redding. The proposed project is intended to increase survival of anadromous fish populations in the upper Sacramento River as well as increase water supply and water reliability for agricultural, municipal and industrial, and environmental purposes.

The 90-day comment period on the investigation begins July 1 and runs through Sept. 30. Three public workshops on the investigation are scheduled in mid-July. Formal public hearings on the proposal will be held in September. The dates of the formal hearings will be announced in August.

The three public workshops will be held at the following times and locations.

·         Tuesday, July 16, 6-8 p.m., Holiday Inn, Palomino Room, 1900 Hilltop Drive, Redding.

·         Wednesday, July 17, 1-3 p.m., Cal Expo Quality Inn Hotel & Suites, Conference Room, 1413 Howe Avenue, Sacramento.

·         Thursday, July 18, 6-8 p.m., Merced County Fairgrounds, Germino Building, 403 "F" Street, Los Banos.

In February 2012, Reclamation released a Draft Feasibility Report and Preliminary Draft EIS for the SLWRI to inform the public, stakeholders, and decision makers about the potential technical, environmental, economic, and financial feasibility of alternatives to raise Shasta Dam. The Draft Feasibility Report, DEIS, and public comments on the two documents will be used to determine next steps for the investigation.

Written comments on the Draft EIS may be provided before midnight Monday, September 30, and should be mailed to  Katrina Chow, Project Manager, Reclamation, Planning Division, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825-1893, 916-978-506 or email BOR-MPR-SLWRI@usbr.gov.

Information on the Draft EIS is here. For additional information on the SLWRI visit the Reclamation website. Copies of the documents may also be viewed at the Reclamation Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, by calling 916-978-5593.