(208) 678-0461 ext. 15
Released On: January 26, 2011
Palisades Dam was constructed by Reclamation in 1957 as part of the Palisades Project. It is a multipurpose facility that provides for irrigation, flood control, hydropower, and recreation.
An in-depth security assessment of Reclamation facilities and a full-scale evaluation of potential vulnerabilities were completed in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. Reclamation's Safety, Security, and Law Enforcement Office (SSLE) identified vulnerabilities at a number of Reclamation dams, including Palisades Dam. The studies determined that motor vehicles traveling across the crest of the dam posed a threat to security and public safety from an explosion which could compromise the dam's structural integrity.
The Alternatives outlined in the Draft EA are:
- Alternative A - No Action
- Alternative B - Widening the dam crest up-stream by 10-feet
- Alternative C - Raising the dam crest by 5-feet
- Alternative D - Constructing a bridge down-stream
- Alternative E - Placing a median on the dam crest
Depending on which alternative is decided upon, construction could begin in August 2011 and take about ten months to complete.
The deadline for comments is February 25, 2011. For more information, or a copy of the Draft EA, contact Robert "Hap" Boyer, Upper Snake Field Office, 1359 Hansen Avenue, Burley ID 83318-1821, or call (208) 678-0461 ext 15. A review copy of the Draft EA is also available online at http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/palisades/index.html.
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