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. Neither short-term actions like dredging nor a long-term management alternative can be implemented without an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The Draft EIS for the Capitol Lake – Deschutes Estuary Long-Term Management Project was issued on June 30, 2021. It evaluates potential changes to the environment that would result from long-term management of the waterbody as a Managed Lake, Estuary, or Hybrid. It also includes a No Action Alternative, as required by the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).
The Draft EIS was available for public comment (June 30 – August 29, 2021).
An EIS supports informed decision making. The Draft EIS provides a description of the long-term management alternatives and an impartial discussion of significant environmental impacts and benefits, as well as mitigation measures that would avoid or minimize adverse impacts or enhance environmental quality.
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?
Enterprise Services received more than 800 comments during the Draft EIS comment period that closed on August 29, 2021. All Draft EIS comments received during the extended, 62-day comment period will be published on the project website by early October. The Final EIS will include a comment response summary that documents comments and how they were addressed.
Comments received will inform additional analysis and other work needed to deliver a Final EIS in 2022 and select a Preferred Alternative for long-term management of Capitol Lake – Deschutes Estuary.
TIMELINE FOR LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT PLANNING
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Enterprise Services received 867* comments on the Draft EIS during the comment period, which closed on August 29, 2021. All Draft EIS comments are now available on the project website. The EIS …
Under the Estuary and Hybrid Alternatives, the opening at 5th Avenue would be approximately 500 feet wide. This would be achieved by removing the approximately 80-foot-wide tide gate and up to a 450-foot-wide earthen dam to the west of the tide gate – both of which were constructed to create the current Capitol Lake.