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Mid-Pacific Region
Sacramento, Calif.
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Jeffrey S. McCracken
916-978-5100

Released On: December 21, 2006

Public Hearings Scheduled for the Folsom Dam Safety and Flood Damage Reduction Draft EIS/EIR

Media Contacts:

Bureau of Reclamation, Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100, jmccracken@mp.usbr.gov
Department of Water Resources, Don Strickland, 916-653-9515, donalds@water.ca.gov
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jim Taylor, 916-557-5101, jim.h.taylor@usace.army.mil
Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, Stein Buer, 916-874-7606, buers@saccounty.net

Two public hearings will allow the public to comment on the Folsom Dam Safety and Flood Damage Reduction (DS/FDR) Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR).  The Folsom DS/FDR Draft EIS/EIR was developed pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act by the Bureau of Reclamation, the lead Federal agency; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), a cooperating Federal agency; the Reclamation Board, the lead State agency; and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA), the local sponsor. 

The hearings will give the public an opportunity to ask questions, review informational displays, and provide written and/or oral comments on the Draft EIS/EIR.  The hearings, which may be extended by an hour each, if necessary, are scheduled:

Sacramento - Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 2 to 4 p.m. Sacramento Library Galleria, 828 I Street
Folsom - Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 7 to 9 p.m., Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street

The Corps intends to adopt the Final EIS/EIR to satisfy the NEPA requirements for the flood damage reduction features of the proposed action that would be accomplished under their Folsom Dam Modifications and Folsom Dam Raise Projects.  The Corps Draft Post Authorization Change (PAC) Report documents recommended changes to these two authorized projects and is available for public review in conjunction with the review of the Draft EIS/EIR.  To request copies of the Draft PAC Report, please contact Mrs. Becky Victorine at 916-557-5162. 

For a CD or bound copy of the Draft EIS/EIR, contact Ms. Rosemary Stefani, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, 916-978-5309, or rstefani@mp.usbr.gov.  The Draft EIS/EIR may also be viewed online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=1808.  Information on the Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project may be viewed online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/jfp/index.html.

Comments on the Draft EIS/EIR and Draft PAC Report are due by Monday, January 22, 2007.  Comments on the Draft EIS/EIR should be sent to Mr. Shawn Oliver, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630, or soliver@mp.usbr.gov; and Mrs. Becky Victorine, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1325 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or rebecca.a.victorine@usace.army.mil. Comments on the Draft PAC Report should be sent to Mrs. Victorine; responses to these comments will be included in the Final PAC Report as appropriate.  

For further information, please contact Mr. Oliver at 916-989-7256, TDD 916-978-5608, or soliver@mp.usbr.gov; Ms. Annalena Bronson, DWR, at 916-574-0359 or annalena@water.ca.gov; Mr. Peter Buck, SAFCA, at 916-874-7606 or buckp@saccounty.net, or Mrs. Victorine at 916-557-5162 or rebecca.a.victorine@usace.army.mil

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