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Released On: December 01, 2005

Public Scoping Meetings Scheduled on Folsom Dam Corrective Action and Flood Damage Reduction Studies

MP-05-140
Media Contacts:  Bureau of Reclamation
                            Jeffrey McCracken 916-978-5100
                            jmccracken@mp.usbr.gov

                           U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
                           Jennifer Gonzalez 916-557-5103
                           jennifer.l.gonzalez@usace.army.mil

                           California Dept. of Water Resources/Reclamation Board
                           Don Strickland 916-653-9515
                           donalds@water.ca.gov

                           Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
                           Maggie Franklin 916-874-4582
                           franklinma@saccounty.net

For Release On:  December 1, 2005

Public Scoping Meetings Scheduled on Folsom Dam Corrective Action and Flood Damage Reduction Studies

The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), California's Reclamation Board, and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency are combining efforts on three Federal projects:  Reclamation's Folsom Corrective Action Study, and the Corps' Folsom Dam Modifications and Folsom Dam Raise Projects.  The Combined Federal Effort will address Reclamation's Dam Safety Program objectives of improving public safety at Folsom Dam and all associated structures, and the Corps' flood damage reduction project which is designed to provide increased flood protection for the Sacramento area.

As part of the Combined Federal Effort, an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) is being prepared, and three public scoping meetings are being held to provide information about a series of possible structural modifications to Folsom Dam, Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam, and Dikes 1 through 8 and to elicit public input.  Reclamation and the Corps are currently investigating alternatives to improve public safety related to possible seepage, overtopping, earthquake events and flood damage reduction measures that were identified in previous and ongoing studies.

Engineering, environmental, and economic studies are also being conducted to determine which modifications are the most feasible to improve the structure of the facilities and provide an increased level of flood protection with minimal impacts to the environment.  A Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register on October 6, 2005.

At the public scoping meetings, the public will be provided with information on the series of alternatives currently being studied and will be given the opportunity to provide written comments.  Staff from Reclamation, the Corps, and other members of the project team will be on hand to address questions regarding the facility, proposed alternatives, and the impacts of individual alternatives on surrounding areas.

The public meetings will be held on the following dates and locations: 

Granite Bay  

Monday, December 12
4 to 6 p.m.
Granite Bay Activity Center  
Granite Bay, CA 
Enter the Granite Bay Day 
Use Area off Douglas Blvd. and pick up a map at the entrance booth.

Folsom

Wednesday, December 14 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Folsom Community Center
52 Natoma Street 
Folsom, CA 95630

 Sacramento

Thursday, December 15
5 to 7 p.m.
County Administration Center
Board Chamber Foyer
700 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Written comments on the scope of the EIS/EIR are due by close of business on Friday, January 13, 2006, to Mr. Shawn Oliver, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630, fax to 916-989-7208, or e-mail soliver@mp.usbr.gov.

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