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Reclamation Issues Draft Environmental Assessment for Shoreline Protection Project at Lake Roosevelt

Media Contact: Lynne Brougher, (509) 633-9503, 03/16/2015 07:54
Lon Ottosen, (509) 633-9324,

For Release: March 16, 2015

GRAND COULEE, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on a Draft Environmental Assessment for the construction of shoreline protection systems on the lower portion of Lake Roosevelt. Comments are due by April 20, 2015.

The proposed project involves installing wooden log booms at Moonbeam Bay and Redford Canyon. The log booms would span approximately 645 linear feet at Redford Canyon and 675 linear feet at Moonbeam Bay.

The Draft Environmental Assessment analyzes potential environmental impacts of two alternatives, including a preferred alternative:

  • No Action - Reclamation would not take any action to protect the shoreline by reducing disturbance from recreational visitors and natural or boat-induced wave action.
  • Preferred Alternative - Reclamation would install log booms, also known as waterway barrier systems, at the inlets to Moonbeam Bay and Redford Canyon. This action uses wooden boom logs connected by chains and anchored to the shoreline. The log booms would absorb wave energy, diminishing shoreline erosion from natural and human-made wave action.
You can download the Draft Environmental Assessment at:

Please send your comments no later than April 20, 2015, to Lon Ottosen, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Grand Coulee Power Office, P.O. Box 620, Grand Coulee, WA 99133. You may also contact him for additional information at (509) 633-9324 or

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