Reclamation Seeks Public Comment on Nelson Dike Safety Modification

Media Contact: Rick Hanson, (406) 247-7300

For Release: October 30, 2013

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking review and comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed Safety of Dams (SOD) Modification to Nelson Reservoir Dikes, located in Phillips County approximately 25 miles northeast of Malta, Mont.

Reclamation proposes to correct seepage-related safety deficiencies for the two largest dikes at Nelson Reservoir. A Draft EA for the proposed modification has been prepared and is available for public comment until December 11, 2013. The public can access the Draft EA on Reclamation's website at

Brent Esplin, Montana Area Manager, said, "I look forward to engaging the public and stakeholders to receive their input regarding this important upcoming project."

A series of public meetings will be held to explain the project and receive comment.

  • Glasgow – Cottonwood Inn & Suites, Nov. 12; 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Malta – City Hall, Nov. 13; 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Chinook – Chinook Motor Inn, Nov. 14; 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Written comments can be submitted at the public meetings or by mail at:

Administrative Officer
Montana Area Office
Bureau of Reclamation
PO Box 30137
Billings, MT 59107

For additional information or questions on the process, please call 406-247-7300.

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Relevant Link:

Montana Area Office Home Page