Corps seeks public input for Boise River Feasibility Study;
Meetings set in Boise, Idaho City, Caldwell and Garden City
BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Walla Walla District and the Idaho Water Resources Board (IWRB) will conduct a series of scoping meetings to support the Boise River Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement. The IWRB is the non-federal sponsor for the study, which will focus on ways to reduce flood risk, and meet current and future water supply in the lower Boise River watershed.
Four open houses will be held to present preliminary study alternatives and take public comments. A preliminary set of alternatives has been developed for public review. Meeting dates and locations are:
May 6 – 6-8 p.m.
Garden City Hall
6015 Glenwood Street
May 7 – 11 a.m - 1 p.m.
Washington Group Plaza Training Room
720 Park Boulevard
May 7 – 6-8 p.m.
Caldwell Industrial Airport
Hubler Conference Room
4814 East Linden Street
May 8 – 6-8 p.m.
Ray Robison Community Hall
206 W. Commercial Street
Following a brief presentation, meeting attendees will be encouraged to discuss their ideas and concerns with technical experts in an open house forum. The Corps and IWRB are seeking public input regarding the scope of study alternatives and analyses to consider throughout the feasibility study process and preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). More information, including a description of preliminary study alternatives, is contained on the study website: www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Projects/LowerBoiseRiverFeasibilityStudy.aspx .
The meeting facilities are physically accessible to people with disabilities. If you need other accommodations or auxiliary aids, please contact Corps Project Manager Tim Fleeger at BoiseGI@usace.army.mil or 509-527-7247.
Public comments may be emailed to BoiseGI@usace.army.mil , or mailed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, ATTN: Tim Fleeger, 201 North 3rd Avenue, Walla Walla, Washington 99362.
BACKGROUND: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB) are partnering on a feasibility study of the Boise River. The feasibility study will evaluate alternatives to reduce flood risk, and meet current and future water-supply needs in the lower Boise River watershed, from Lucky Peak Dam downstream to the confluence with the Snake River. The study will also seek to provide ancillary ecosystem-restoration benefits, while minimizing socioeconomic effects and impacts to sensitive species.