BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will host a public information meeting in Eagle on Wednesday, July 20 to discuss the Boise River at Eagle Island Ecosystem Restoration Project and present preliminary information developed during the study. The Boise River Flood Control District #10 is the non-federal project sponsor working with the Corps to complete this project.
The information meeting will be held 6 p.m – 8 p.m. Viewing of project information displays and a presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Project staff will be available to answer questions and discuss concerns. The meeting facilities are physically accessible to people with disabilities. If you need other accommodations or auxiliary aids, please contact Corps Project Manager Ellen Berggren at Boise.Office@usace.army.mil or 208-345-2065 by July 18.
The project is a feasibility study that is examining problems and identifies opportunities associated with the floodplain along the Boise River at or near the head of Eagle Island (River Mile 45) located between Glenwood Street and Eagle Road (see figure). The project goal is to preserve, restore, and improve the ecosystem in and around the head of Eagle Island to a more naturally functioning and self-sustaining state.
River flow control, irrigation diversions, flood control projects, gravel mining, and land development have negatively affected the floodplain in this area. The Corps is preparing a Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment that will identify and evaluate the effects of alternative plans. The study process and documents will be prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and other applicable environmental laws and regulations. The study is scheduled for completion in early 2012.
More information about the study can be found on the Web at www.nww.usace.army.mil/boise/breier/default.asp. To learn more about the Corps of Engineers and its mission in the Walla Walla District, go to www.nww.usace.army.mil.
Release no. 11-106