PRIEST RIVER — Federal management of the Columbia River System is coming to a theatre near you. In fact, on Oct. 26 from 4-7 p.m. at the Priest River Event Center, representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration will hold a meeting to gather public input for their environmental impact statement on how they manage the Columbia River System, and on how they should conduct 14 federal projects in the interior Columbia Basin.
According to a Sept. 30 press release, the three agencies will “present a reasonable range of alternatives for long-term system operations and evaluate the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts on flood risk management, irrigation, power generation, navigation, fish and wildlife, cultural resources and recreation.”
From now through Jan. 17, 2017 they will be on the road gathering public input across the Northwest, from citizens in Portland, Boise, Bonners Ferry, and sundry other places. Anybody can bring any concerns to the attention of the federal agencies at these meetings. By law, the agencies are required to take into account all such input from the citizenry as they prepare the EIS.
Those who cannot attend the event can learn about the project thanks to two online webinars scheduled for Dec. 13, linked at the project website, www.crso.info. If you cannot attend the Oct. 26 meeting but want to submit comments, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail them to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CRSO EIS, P.O. Box 2870, Portland, Oregon 97208-2870. All comments, including the name and address of the person submitting them, become part of the official record and are considered public information.
For more information, call 800-290-5033 or visit www.crso.info.