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Released On: November 13, 2013

Reclamation Releases Draft EA for Goose Bay Marina Modernization Project
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation's Montana Area Office has released the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Goose Bay Marina Modernization Project, located on the eastern shore of Canyon Ferry Reservoir, near the midway point, north of Townsend, Mont.

The Draft EA will be open for comment until Dec. 14, 2013. Reclamation has scheduled a round of three public meetings to gather comments and answer questions about the Draft EA and Goose Bay Modernization Project.

"Reclamation is actively engaging stakeholders and members of the public to get their input on the Environmental Assessment and the Goose Bay modernization plan," said Brent Esplin, Montana Area Office Manager. "Public input is vital for designing a modernized marina that protects the environment and allows for a safe and affordable recreational experience," Esplin said.

The public meetings will be held in: Bozeman at the Holiday Inn, 5 Baxter Lane, on Tue., Nov. 19; Townsend at the Ambulance Training Room (directly across from American Federal Bank), 417 Broadway, on Wed., Nov. 20; and in Helena at the Montana Association of Counties, 2715 Skyway Dr., Suite A, on Thur., Nov. 21.

The meetings will be an open-house format, with technical experts, engineers and project managers available to answer questions and explain the NEPA process. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the public is welcome any time between 6-8 p.m.

Reclamation expects to receive the 90% Design Submittal in late Jan. 2014, with final specifications to be completed in late Feb. to early March. Reclamation anticipates that Goose Bay Marina will be closed during the 2014 season for construction, with a concessionaire in place during the 2015 recreation season.

For the latest information or to provide comments on the Goose Bay Modernization Plan, please visit www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/canyonferry/goosebay/. Comments will be accepted until Dec. 14, 2013.

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