EXTENDED DRAFT EIS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS THROUGH AUGUST 29

Enterprise Service has extended the public comment period until August 29, 2021, in response to feedback from project stakeholders. Your comments during the public comment period are critical as we work towards a Final EIS and Preferred Alternative for long-term management of this important resource. Enterprise Services appreciates everyone’s attention to detail and commitment in helping to make sure the best possible body of information is available.

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS – AUGUST 5

Join the EIS Project Team this Thursday, August 5 for one final office hour session. Drop into the Zoom meeting anytime during these hours to ask clarifying questions and learn more about the Draft EIS. There is no set agenda or presentation. Formal Draft EIS comments cannot be submitted during office hours – please see below for details on how to submit your comments.

August 5, 2021 – 10-11 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 876 5446 5021
Passcode: 692990
Phone: 1-253-215-8782

HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS

Electronically

Via Mail

Department of Enterprise Services
Capitol Lake – Deschutes Estuary EIS
PO Box 41476
Olympia, Washington 98504-1476

Public Hearing Completed

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the July 27, 2021 public hearing. We appreciate your time and continued interest. Video of the hearing is available on TVW.

WHAT ARE SUBSTANTIVE COMMENTS?

Comments that address a specific aspect of the project or the Draft EIS, rather than simply expressing a preference for or against the project alternatives, are most useful. Comments should be as specific as possible. It is also helpful if the comments refer to chapters and pages of the Draft EIS.

Specific topics to consider in your comments on the Draft EIS include:

  • Comments on the information and analysis provided
  • Comments on key components of the alternatives
  • Comments on potential measures to avoid, minimize, or mitigate impacts
  • Any new or additional information that should be included
  • Any other considerations that should be included in the decision-making process

ABOUT THE DRAFT EIS

Enterprise Services is accepting comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Capitol Lake – Deschutes Estuary Long-Term Management Project through August 29, 2021.

Comments can be submitted through an online comment form, via email or mail.

All comments submitted will be considered equally regardless of how they are submitted. Comments that are identical (e.g., form letters) or similar in nature will be treated as single comments. The EIS Project Team will review all comments received on the Draft EIS and evaluate whether additional technical analyses are required to ensure a complete evaluation and support informed decision-making on a preferred alternative for long-term management of Capitol Lake – Deschutes Estuary. All comments will be documented in a comment response summary in the Final EIS.

LEARN MORE

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.

The Draft EIS is available in the project library for download in full and by chapter. Printed copies of the Draft EIS are also available for public viewing at six locations.

THANK YOU!

Thank you for investing your time in reviewing this Draft EIS and to many of you who have already provided comments. If you have questions, email us at info@capitollakedeschutesestuaryeis.org or call (360) 407-9323.