Dworshak Draft Master Plan and Environmental Assessement (EA)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District (Corps) is updating the Dworshak Reservoir Master Plan (MP) for lands and waters at Dworshak Reservoir. The MP is the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all project recreational, natural and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resource project.
Scoping for the draft MP was held during the summer of 2014. Public comments received during that process were considered during development of the draft MP.
The Corps prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to address potential effects associated with the draft MP. As part of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, the Corps is inviting public comment on the draft MP, EA and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The Corps is required to consider all comments received.
Now Accepting Comments
The public comment period for the draft MP, EA, and draft FONSI is March 9 through April 9, 2015. The draft MP, associated EA and draft FONSI are available for review under “Related Documents” on the right side of this webpage. The Corps invites comments from the public regarding management of natural and cultural resources and recreational opportunities that should be considered for the Dworshak Reservoir Master Plan. Comments may be submitted via email at DworshakMasterPlan@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: Dworshak Master Plan
201 N. 3rd Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362
The original MP for Dworshak Reservoir was written in 1970. Since then, changes to site conditions and operations had resulted in a need to update management strategies. In 2011, the Corps completed the Dworshak Public Use Plan (PUP) as a way to address changed conditions and new recreation demands. Updating the Dworshak Reservoir MP will build on work accomplished during development of the PUP. The planning team utilized previous efforts of working groups and interested parties, as well as the public input and collaboration used to develop the PUP. Refinement of resource objectives along additional analysis required by Corps policy will result in a comprehensive, conceptual level planning document to guide future use and development at Dworshak Reservoir. Finalization of the MP will also bring Dworshak Reservoir into compliance with current Corps policy and facilitate future actions to support balanced management of Project resources.