Provide Scoping Comments

Chehalis River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Project

Public Scoping Period

September 28 through October 29, 2018

The purpose of scoping is to seek public comment on the environmental issues that should be studied. Scoping comments can only be considered if they are submitted during the comment period. Please contact us to sign-up for email updates.

Public Scoping Meetings Will Be Held

October 16 and 17, 2018

There are two public scoping meetings planned in the lower and upper Chehalis River Basin.

Meeting Locations and Format

Tuesday, October 16

Montesano City Hall
112 N. Main Street
Montesano, WA 98563

Wednesday, October 17

Centralia College – Bowman Rotary Banquet Room (see campus map)
600 Centralia College Boulevard
Centralia, WA 98531

  • Open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Short presentation at 5:15 p.m.
  • Oral comments received through 8 p.m.

All scoping meeting materials are available for online viewing here.

Participating in SEPA and NEPA Scoping

During the scoping period from September 28 through October 29, 2018, you can learn about the Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District’s proposal, the EIS process, and provide scoping comments. There are multiple ways to submit comments. All scoping comments are valued equally, regardless of how they are submitted.

How to Provide Scoping Comments

Chehalis Flood Damage Reduction Project EIS
Anchor QEA – 720 Olive Way, Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98101

Each Scoping Meeting Will Include

  • A welcome area where you can learn about the meeting format and obtain a ticket to provide oral comments using a lottery-style approach
  • A short presentation on the environmental review process beginning at 5:15 p.m.
  • An exhibit area where you can review information and talk to staff
  • A quiet area where you can provide written comments either by filling out a comment form or by talking to a court reporter
  • A public comment area where you can provide verbal comments to USACE and Ecology representatives

Scoping Comments

Scoping is designed to gather input for developing the EISs. Ecology and USACE have already determined that there may be probable significant adverse impacts from this proposal and that is why the EISs are being developed.

The most useful scoping comments focus on the topics below and provide input to Ecology and USACE on what should be included in environmental reviews.

  • Potentially affected resources and extent of study and analysis needed to understand each probable impact
  • Measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate (offset) effects of the proposal
  • A reasonable range of alternatives, including alternative sites and project designs

All substantive comments will be considered by the reviewing agencies. Scoping comments will be summarized, and separate SEPA and NEPA scoping reports will be issued later in 2018.

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