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Released On: May 19, 2014

Public Comment Needed to Construct a New Fire Station
GRAND COULEE, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment to identify issues to be addressed in an environmental assessment for the proposed construction of a new fire station for the Grand Coulee Power Office Fire Department.

The purpose of the project is to relocate the fire department to a new independent station to ensure reliable protection for all Reclamation facilities and lands, as well as local communities and other agencies, through mutual aid agreements. The fire department is currently housed in the John W. Keys III Pump-Generating Plant.

Information obtained during the scoping period, May 19 through June 19, will bring focus to concerns, issues, and analyses that should be included in the draft environmental assessment. Completion of a final environmental assessment is anticipated in the fall of 2014.

The three proposed alternatives include:

• No Action: Grand Coulee Power Office Fire Department would continue to be located in and operate from the John W. Keys III Pump Generating Plant.

• Construct a new fire station on Reclamation land near the intersection of Hwy 155 and B Street.

• Construct a new fire station on lands managed by the National Park Service at Crescent Bay, uphill from the boat launch and adjacent to the access road.

Download a map of the proposed locations for the new fire station: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/gcpofd/firestationlocations.pdf.

A draft environmental assessment is scheduled to be available for public review Sept. 2014.

Written comments can be sent to Lon Ottosen, Bureau of Reclamation, Grand Coulee Power Office, PO Box 620, Grand Coulee, Wash. 99133 or emailed to lottosen@usbr.gov. Comments must be received by June 19, 2014 to be considered in the draft environmental assessment.

Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1941 and serves as a multipurpose facility providing water for irrigation, hydroelectric power production, flood control, recreation, fish and wildlife.

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