Feb. 4, 2018

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 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

Attendees view display boards at a public meeting.

Meeting participants talk with project staff at the Oct. 10, 2018 scoping meeting. 

Refining the Project Name

During scoping, Enterprise Services heard feedback regarding the project name and logo. Enterprise Services took the opportunity provided by scoping to listen and respond to feedback and determined a name refinement was needed to ensure the project name more clearly reflects the project area, both present and past.

The refined project name, Capitol Lake – Deschutes Estuary Long-Term Management Project Environmental Impact Statement achieves this objective.


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. We will keep the website up to date as the project progresses and send periodic updates to the project email list!

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 is also moving forward with convening a Community Sounding Board.

Apply to Join the Community Sounding Board

Enterprise Services is accepting applications to join the new Community Sounding Board, now through Feb. 18. The Community Sounding Board will provide an opportunity for community members to exchange ideas and provide community perspectives on key topics related to development of the EIS.

Learn more about this opportunity, including candidate criteria, and submit an online application.