Informational Meeting Set on Draft EA for Lower Deer Flat Dam Security Enhancements

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
John Tiedeman, (208) 378-5034

For Release: January 26, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation will hold an informational meeting to help people understand the proposed alternatives evaluated in the Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for the Lower Deer Flat Dam security enhancements project. The Draft EA documents the environmental effects of alternatives to correct security vulnerabilities related to motor vehicles traveling across the crest of the Lower Embankment located southwest of Nampa, Idaho.

The impacts of each alternative were evaluated considering specific issues of public concern, including transportation and access, socioeconomics, noise, cultural resources, water quality, vegetation, fish and wildlife, threatened and endangered species, recreation, Indian Trust Assets, and cumulative impacts.

The Lower Embankment is one of four zoned-earthfill embankments, collectively called the Deer Flat Dams that impound Lake Lowell. The embankments were constructed from 1906 to 1911 by Reclamation and make up part of the Boise Project, Arrowrock Division.

Who: The Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office.

What: Informational meeting on the Draft EA for Lower Deer Flat Dam security enhancements.

Where: Public meeting room at the Canyon County Offices located at 1115 Albany Street, Caldwell, Idaho.

When: January 27 at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting facility is accessible to people with disabilities. Should you need a sign language interpreter or other assistance, please contact Helene Tomaszewski immediately at (208) 383-2217.

For more information, please contact Steve Dunn at (208) 383-2222. A review copy of the Draft EA is available at several public libraries in Idaho, and it is posted at:

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