Reclamation announces availability of draft environmental assessment for Dutch Creek channel rehabilitation project

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100, eccurtis@usbr.gov

For Release: December 17, 2018

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, Trinity River Restoration Program, along with agency co-leads Bureau of Land Management and North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and cooperating agency Shasta-Trinity National Forest, announce the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for the proposed Dutch Creek channel rehabilitation project.

The Trinity River Restoration Program is a multi-agency program with eight partners forming the Trinity Management Council, as well as numerous other collaborators. The TRRP implements the 2000 Department of the Interior Record of Decision, which directs the Department to restore the Trinity River fisheries impacted by dam construction and related diversions of the Trinity River Division of the Central Valley Project. The TRRP proposes to construct the Dutch Creek channel rehabilitation project to increase salmon and steelhead habitat downstream of Lewiston Dam, and plans to implement within the next two years. The draft EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act and is available at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=36421 or http://www.trrp.net/. The documents are also available for review at the TRRP office, 1313 Main Street, Weaverville, CA and the Trinity County Library, 351 Main Street, Weaverville, CA.

Comments will be accepted up to 30 days after the anticipated Dec. 19, 2018 publication of the legal notice in the Redding Record Searchlight, which would be on or around Jan. 18, 2019. Please email comments to fgutermuth@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Brandt Gutermuth, Bureau of Reclamation, Trinity River Restoration Program, P.O. Box 1300, Weaverville, CA 96093.

For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Gutermuth at fgutermuth@usbr.gov, 530-623-1806 or Kevin Held at kheld@usbr.gov, 530-623-1809 (TTY 800-877-8339).

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