Released On: February 18, 2014
"This change is necessary to reduce the risk of not completing the construction work in one season," said Brent Esplin, Montana Area Manager. "One construction season is important to minimize the required timeframes the reservoir levels will be drawn down. The work will require the reservoir to be drawn down approximately 16 feet lower than normal operating levels during the winter of 2015-2016."
Reclamation proposes to correct seepage-related safety deficiencies for the two largest dikes at Nelson Reservoir.
According to Esplin, "Interim safety measures have been implemented and frequent monitoring of the safety deficiencies are being carried out to ensure public safety until the modifications are completed."
An Environmental Assessment (EA) for the modification has been finalized and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been signed. The public can access the final EA and FONSI on Reclamation's website at http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/nelson/.
For additional information or questions, please call 406-247-7303.
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