Reclamation Hosts Public Meetings for Minidoka Dam Spillway Replacement EIS

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Allyn Meuleman, (208) 383-2258

For Release: November 21, 2008

The Bureau of Reclamation will hold two public scoping meetings for the proposed Minidoka Dam Spillway Replacement aimed at preventing possible structural failure of the dam's spillway and associated structures. Minidoka Dam is located on the Snake River about 18 miles northeast of Burley, Idaho.

The scoping meetings will give the public the opportunity to identify issues and concerns associated with the currently proposed alternatives, and to identify other potential alternatives that could be considered in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Alternatives currently being considered are No Action as required under National Environmental Policy Act, total replacement of the spillway and headgate structures, or replacement of just the spillway. Scoping meetings will be held:

December 3, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Red Lion Hotel 475 River Park Way, Idaho Falls, ID

December 4, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Burley Best Western Inn 800 North Overland Avenue, Burley, ID

In addition to comments received at the scoping meetings, written comments will be accepted through December 19, and may be submitted to Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office, Attention: Allyn Meuleman, Activity Manager, 230 Collins Road, Boise, ID 83702, or at 208-383-2258. Comments may also be submitted electronically to The meeting facilities are physically accessible to people with disabilities.

Minidoka Dam was constructed in 1906 by Reclamation as part of the Minidoka Project. The dam is operated as one of five storage facilities constructed on the Snake and Henrys Fork rivers. The multi-purpose project provides irrigation, power production, flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits.

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