SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Proposed plans to restore lands disturbed by construction of the new Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway were announced today by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and Central Valley Flood Protection Board in a draft environmental report available for public review and comment.
The jointly-published draft supplemental environmental assessment/environmental impact report outlines the preferred alternative for conducting site restoration work as part of the spillway project’s fifth and final phase.
Additionally, the document addresses mitigation for prior project impacts to trees and recreational fishing opportunities, addresses potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures associated with the restoration effort and proposes construction of new guardrails along a portion of the Folsom Lake Crossing roadway adjacent to the spillway.
A public meeting will be held Jan. 20, 2016, to discuss the proposed project, answer questions and provide an opportunity for comments to be submitted. The meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center, located at 52 Natoma Street in Folsom.
Public comments can be submitted through Feb. 19, 2016.
The auxiliary spillway project is being constructed under the Corps’ Folsom Dam Modification Project, also called the Joint Federal Project, to implement dam safety and flood risk reduction features at Folsom Dam and associated facilities to help prevent catastrophic flooding in the Sacramento region. The auxiliary spillway is on track for completion in October 2017.
The draft SEA/EIR can be reviewed at http://bit.ly/FolsomDam. Comments, questions or requests for copies can be made through email to Clayton.V.Carithers@usace.army.mil or by postal mail to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Attn: Mr. Clay Carithers, 1325 J Street, Sacramento, California 95814. All comments received concerning the draft SEA/EIR will be considered and incorporated into the final SEA/EIR, as appropriate.
Public Meeting Details:
Jan. 20, 2016; 5-7 p.m.
Folsom Community Center
52 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA 95630