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.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Capitol Lake – Deschutes Estuary Long-Term Management Project is now available. 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 is available for a 45-day public comment period (June 30 – August 13, 2021). Comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted through an online comment form, via email or mail, or at an online public hearing.
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. Neither short-term actions (e.g., dredging) nor a long-term management alternative (Managed Lake, Estuary, or Hybrid) can be implemented without an EIS.
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?
A variety of activities are planned to share information about the Draft EIS. Here are some ways you can learn more:
- Visit the online open house for a high-level summary of the contents of the Draft EIS, details on how to provide comments, and public activites designed to facilate public review and comment on the Draft EIS. The online open house will be avilable throughout the comment period – visit anytime.
- Join online office hours on July 7, 14, or 15 to ask clarifying questions and learn more about the Draft EIS. There is no set agenda or presentation. Formal public comments cannot be submitted during office hours – learn how to submit your comments.
- Visit the Heritage Park Trail Loop Self-Guided Open House to view Draft EIS related information at 11 kiosks along the trail.
- Observe upcoming briefings with Work Groups and Stakeholders.
SUBMIT YOUR DRAFT EIS COMMENTS BY AUGUST 13
Enterprise Services is accepting public comment on the Draft EIS through Aug. 13, 2021. Comments may be submitted electronically via web form or email, via mail, and verbally at an online public hearing. Learn how to submit your comments.
TIMELINE FOR LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT PLANNING
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For questions about the project please email info@CapitolLakeDeschutesEstuaryEIS.org.