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Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for New Fire Station

Media Contact: Mike Williamson, (208) 378-5212,
Lynne Brougher, (509) 633-9503,

For Release: December 18, 2015

GRAND COULEE, Washington — The Bureau of Reclamation has released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the construction of a new Fire Station at the Grand Coulee Power Office.

Reclamation has selected Alternative A, which was identified as the preferred alternative. The fire station will be constructed at the west gate to the Grand Coulee Power Office Industrial Area, near the intersection of Highway 155 and B Street.

The purpose of the project is to relocate the Grand Coulee Power Office 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 current fire station is located within the John W. Keys III Pump Generating Plant. The project involves construction of an approximately 21,500 square foot fire station to provide space for sleeping, dining, vehicle and equipment storage, meeting/training rooms, offices and a public reception area.

The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at

For questions or to request a hard copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Lon Ottoson at (509) 633-9324 or

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