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Chehalis River project federal environmental review public meetings Oct. 8 and 14

Published Oct. 6, 2020
Updated: Oct. 6, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting two virtual public meetings Thursday, Oct. 8, and Wednesday, Oct. 14, on the Chehalis River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Project draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). Comments are being accepted through November 17 by email, through an online form, by U.S. Mail, voicemail, and during the two virtual public meetings.

The public meetings may be accessed through the following links and phone numbers:

OR

  • By phone (audio only)
    • US Toll Free: 1-877-309-3457
    • US Toll: 1-404-397-1516  
    • Access code: 133 608 8132
    • Attendee code: not required

OR

  • By phone (audio only)
    • US Toll Free: 1-877-309-3457
    • US Toll: 1-404-397-1516  
    • Access code: 133 162 4075
    • Attendee code: not required

The Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District is proposing a project that would reduce flood damage in the upper Chehalis River Basin. This would be achieved by temporarily storing flood waters from Willapa Hills by constructing a dam and temporary reservoir near the town of Pe Ell; and raising the levee at the Chehalis-Centralia Airport.

The Corps evaluated 61 alternatives and analyzed the full range of direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of three alternatives: Alternative 1, the Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District’s proposed project; Alternative 2, a flood retention only facility constructed on a smaller foundation; and the no action alternative where the Corps would not issue a permit.

The DEIS is available at https://chehalisbasinstrategy.com/eis/nepa-process/. Comments may be submitted online through the web site; by email to Chehalis@usace.army.mil; by voicemail by calling (206) 709-6928 or by U.S. Mail to:

Chehalis River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Project
c/o Anchor QEA
6720 South Macadam Street, Suite 125
Portland, Oregon 97219

For more information on the Chehalis Basin Strategy visit: https://chehalisbasinstrategy.com/.


Contact
Andrew Muñoz
206-764-3760

Release no. 20-121