Snow Lake water control valve replacement delayed

Media Contact: Erika Lopez, 208-867-7133, ealopez@usbr.gov

For Release: March 27, 2018

CHELAN COUNTY, WA – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released an Environmental Assessment (EA) on December 21, 2017, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, for the proposed replacement of the existing Upper Snow Lake tunnel water release control valve with a new valve. The water control structure is located on land owned by the Service surrounded by the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area in Chelan County, Washington.

The actions described in the EA were to occur in fall 2018. However, to allow for additional time to evaluate the project, construction is anticipated to take place no earlier than fall 2019.

Questions on the project may be directed to Mr. Stephen Kolk, Wenatchee/Entiat Sub-basin liaison, at 509-667-8494. The EA is available at https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/snowlake/index.html.

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Relevant Link:

https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/snowlake/index.html