HELP DEFINE THE FUTURE OF THE
CAPITOL LAKE – DESCHUTES ESTUARY

Long-term management strategies and actions are needed to address issues in the Capitol Lake – Deschutes Estuary project area.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared to document the potential environmental impacts of various alternatives and determine how these alternatives meet the long-term management objectives identified for the watershed. The primary alternatives to be evaluated, at a minimum, include:

  • Estuary
  • Hybrid
  • Managed Lake
  • No Action (required in an EIS)

EIS SCOPING REPORT NOW AVAILABLE

Now that the project scoping period has ended, a Scoping Report is available. The purpose of scoping was to get feedback on the range, or “scope,” of issues to study in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Over the 48-day scoping comment period, the project received more than 900 individual comments from 271 separate comment submissions. Thanks again, to everyone who participated in meetings and submitted comments.

You can view the Scoping Report in its entirety in the project library. The main purpose of the Scoping Report is to summarize the comments received. It also:

  • Provides an overview of the project and the primary alternatives
  • Describes the scoping process
  • Outlines general direction for the scope of the EIS

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Enterprise Services is developing a detailed scope of study, including the necessary technical analyses to evaluate long-term management alternatives. Technical analysis will begin in early 2019. The Draft EIS is expected to be issued in 2020, followed by a public comment period.

Enterprise Services will continue to engage the project work groups throughout development of the EIS. Information on work group meetings, including dates, times, agendas and summaries is available on the meetings page.

Enterprise Services recently convened a Community Sounding Board (CSB).

WHEN IS THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO GIVE INPUT?

Input is formally accepted at two key points in an EIS process – at the outset during scoping, and then when a Draft EIS is available for public review. The public comment period for the Draft EIS is likely to be in 2020.

Project timeline including Phase 1: Planning, Phase 2: Environmental Impact Statement, and Phase 3: Implementation. Public comment periods occur in Late 2018 during scoping and 2020 following release of the Draft EIS.

STAY UP TO DATE ON OUR PROGRESS

Preparing an EIS is a multi-year process and you have an essential role to play. Please join our email list to receive project updates. We will also keep the website up to date as the project progresses!

For questions about the project please email info@CapitolLakeDeschutesEstuaryEIS.org.

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