Public Hearing Scheduled for Northwest Area Water Supply Project Environmental Document

Media Contact: Patience Hurley, (701) 221-1204

For Release: July 15, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Bureau of Reclamation is holding a public hearing on the Northwest Area Water Supply Project Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS), on Wed., July 23, at Minot, N.D.

The purpose of the hearing is to seek public comment regarding the Draft SEIS. The public hearing provides an opportunity for both verbal and written comment on the Draft SEIS. The Draft SEIS evaluates the estimated future water needs of the area through 2060, develops a full range of reasonable alternatives to meet this future need, and evaluates the potential environmental effects of the proposed alternatives.

Requests to comment may be made at the hearing and speakers will be scheduled accordingly. Verbal comments will be recorded by a court stenographer and included as part of the hearing record.

Written comments may also be submitted at the hearing, or sent to: Northwest Area Water Supply Project Draft SEIS, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 1017, Bismarck, North Dakota, 58502-1017.

Reclamation has granted a 30-day extension of the comment period so the public has through Wed., Sept. 10, 2014, to provide comments. The Draft SEIS can be downloaded from

Please notify the Bureau of Reclamation 48 hours in advance if you require special accommodations for this hearing. Contact Alicia Waters at 701-221-1206.

The public hearing will be held:

  • July 23, 2014 – Open House 6-6:30 p.m. CST and
    Public Hearing 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST
    Comfort Inn – 1515 22nd Avenue SW.
    Minot, North Dakota

For additional information please contact Alicia Waters, Bureau of Reclamation, at 701.221.1206 or

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