Reclamation Hosts Open Houses on Emergency Preparedness Downstream of Scoggins Dam

Media Contact: Venetia Gempler, (208) 378-5020
Chris Regilski, (208) 378-5335

For Release: December 16, 2013

HILLSBORO, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation will host two open houses on Jan. 9, 2014, to talk with landowners downstream of Scoggins Dam about emergency preparedness and earthquakes. Representatives from other agencies will also provide information at the meetings.

The open houses will be at the following locations:

  • Jan. 9, 2014, 1:00-3:30 p.m. - Hillsboro Civic Center Auditorium, 150 E Main Street, Hillsboro, OR (park at first and Washington in the parking structure or take the light rail)
  • Jan. 9, 2014, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - City of Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main Street, Forest Grove, OR

Reclamation completed a Corrective Action Study on Scoggins Dam in 2012 which identified earthquake-related risks and is now working with stakeholders who hold water rights at Henry Hagg Lake to create a plan for mitigating those risks.

The open houses will provide an opportunity for residents to meet with experts from several agencies including the Tualatin Valley Irrigation District, Oregon Department of Geology, and the Washington County Sheriff's Office to ask specific questions about risks that have been identified for their location.

People needing sign language interpretation or other accessible accommodations should contact the meeting coordinator at (208) 378-5335 (TTY 711) by Dec. 26.

Scoggins Dam is located 25 miles west of Portland, Ore. The 151-foot-high earth fill structure forms Henry Hagg Lake.

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