BURBANK, Wash.– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District (Corps) has prepared a draft Ice Harbor Master Plan with an accompanying draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Environmental Assessment (EA) to revise the outdated 1977 Ice Harbor Master Plan. The Corps will be accepting comments from July 1 through 30, 2021.
The Master Plan guides how the Corps manages project lands surrounding Lake Sacajawea behind Ice Harbor Dam. The Master Plan is a high-level, strategic document that describes how the Corps manages the recreational, natural, and cultural resources on these lands. Master Plans do not address dam operations such as spill, fish passage, or dam breaching.
The revised draft Master Plan, draft FONSI, and EA, along with the original 1977 Master Plan and other associated documents, are available on the Corps’ website at https://www.nww.usace.army.mil/locations/district-locks-and-dams/ice-harbor-lock-and-dam/ice-harbor-master-plan/.
Written comments on the Master Plan and EA will be accepted through July 30. Comments may be submitted electronically through the website or via email at IceHarborMP@usace.army.mil . To submit written comments via the U.S. Postal Service, mail them to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Walla Walla District
ATTN: Ice Harbor Master Plan
201 N. 3rd Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362-1876
As part of the process, the Corps has scheduled an open house public meeting to provide information and accept comments on the draft Master Plan and EA. This meeting is scheduled on Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 4 to 7 p.m. with formal presentations at 5 and 6 p.m. at the Ice Harbor Visitor Center in Burbank, Washington. Please note that access to the Ice Harbor Visitor Center requires a valid government-issued photo I.D. for all adults (e.g., driver’s license, passport).
All comments received will be considered and become part of the public record. For more information about the Ice Harbor Master Plan revision, contact the Master Plan Coordinator at (509) 527-7137, or via email at IceHarborMP@usace.army.mil. For more information on the Environmental Assessment, contact the Environmental Resource Specialist at (509) 527-7256 or via email at the Ice Harbor Master Plan address above.