(Corrected) Public Scoping Meetings Scheduled on Proposed On-Project Plan for the Klamath Project

Media Contact: Shana Kaplan, 916-978-5100

For Release: June 12, 2014

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. ­-- The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that public scoping meetings are scheduled to be held jointly with the Klamath Water and Power Agency to begin preparation of a combined environmental document. The environmental documentation will be a joint Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report that will evaluate the proposed On-Project Plan as a solution for aligning water supply and demand within Reclamation’s Klamath Project.

The proposed OPP is a component of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. The Klamath Project is located in Klamath County in Oregon, and in Modoc and Siskiyou counties in California. More information regarding the proposed OPP is available at http://www.kwapa.org/.

The Klamath Water and Power Agency is responsible for development, implementation and administration of the proposed OPP, while approval of the proposed plan is the responsibility of Reclamation, according to the terms of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.

Public scoping meetings are being held to provide information about the proposed OPP and invite public comments on topics to be considered in the environmental analysis, including resources to be evaluated, alternatives to be considered, and concerns and issues. The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Klamath Falls, Oregon
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Klamath Community College, Building 6, Room H138
7390 South 6th Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Tulelake, California
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds, Home Economics Building–West Wing
800 South Main Street, Tulelake, CA 96134

Oral and written comments will be accepted at the scoping meetings. Written comments regarding the scope of the environmental documents should be received by close of business Tuesday, July 15, 2014, and should be sent to Tara Jane Campbell Miranda, Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603, or via e-mail to sha-kfo-oppcmts@usbr.gov.  For more information, please contact Campbell Miranda, Klamath Basin Area Office, at 541-880-2583 (TTY 1-800-877-8339).

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