Scoping Meetings Planned for the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam Modification Project at Folsom Reservoir

Media Contact: Michelle H. Light, (916) 978-5100

For Release: November 20, 2008

As part of ongoing Safety of Dams work at Folsom Reservoir, the Bureau of Reclamation will modify Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam (MIAD), also known as Dike 8, to reduce hydrologic (flooding), seismic (earthquake), and static (seepage) risks.  Reclamation, the lead Federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA), the lead State agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, will prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environment Impact Report (EIS/EIR).

Reclamation is conducting studies to determine the preferred alternatives to improve the structure while minimizing impacts to the public, the environment, and the surrounding area.  Three Scoping Meetings will be held to provide information and solicit public input.  The meetings are being held in an open house format.  Attendees are welcome to arrive at any time during the scheduled hours and talk with subject matter experts at several stations.  Information will be provided, questions answered, and public comments will be welcomed.  The Scoping Meetings are scheduled:

Interactive map showing the two meeting sites - click to see a larger view
Meeting Map
  • Two on Tuesday, December 2, 2008:  Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA.  An afternoon meeting will be held between 1pm & 4pm and an evening meeting will be held between 6pm & 9pm.
  • One on Thursday, December 4, 2008:  El Dorado Hills Community Services District, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, CA.  One evening meeting will be held between 6pm & 9pm.

The Public Scoping Comment Period on the MIAD Modification Project will be open from Tuesday, December 2, 2008, to Monday, January 5, 2009.  Written comments on the scope of the project should be mailed to Ms. Laura Caballero at the Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630-1799, or e-mailed to, or faxed to 916-989-7109.

Individuals who would like to receive updates on the project may contact Ms. Janet Sierzputowski at the Bureau of  Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-140, Sacramento, CA 95825, or e-mail, or phone 916-978-5112 (TDD 916-978-5608), or fax 916-978-5114.  For information on the ongoing work at Folsom Dam and Reservoir, please call the project hotline at 916-988-1707 (TDD 916-989-7285) or visit the Joint Federal Project website at or the Safety of Dams website at

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