14-039 Public scoping period extended for Boise River Feasibility Study; comments now due June 23

Published May 23, 2014

BOISE, Idaho  – The Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) extended the public scoping period for the Boise River Feasibility Study. Study planners added 30 days to the scoping period, which now runs from April 24 to June 23.

The Corps and the Idaho Water Resources Board (IWRB) conducted a series of scoping meetings May 6-8 in Boise, Idaho City, Caldwell and Garden City 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. The study will also seek to provide ancillary ecosystem-restoration benefits, while minimizing socioeconomic effects and impacts to sensitive species.

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 materials presented at the scoping meetings and a description of preliminary study alternatives, is contained on the study website: www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Projects/LowerBoiseRiverFeasibilityStudy.aspx

Public comments must now be submitted to the Corps no later than Monday, June 23, 2014, to be considered by the Corps and entered into the public record. 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.


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Release no. 14-039