Corps releases draft environmental report, announces public meeting dates for Folsom Dam Raise Project

Published July 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement/environmental impact report for the Folsom Dam Raise Project.

The report addresses environmental impacts and recommends mitigation measures in regard to the proposed dam modifications at Folsom Lake, which include modifying main dam Tainter gates and raising the dikes and wing dams by 3 ½ feet in order to increase temporary water storage space that can be used during flood events.

The draft SEIS/EIR is available on the project webpage at Public meetings are scheduled for July 25 and July 27, 2016, to allow the public to learn more about the report and the proposed plan, ask questions of Corps and Bureau of Reclamation staff and to submit comments. Public comments can be submitted through September 20, 2016.

The public meetings will be held:
July 25, 2016, 5-7 p.m.

Sacramento City Library - Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814

July 27, 2016, 5-7 p.m.
Folsom Community Center
52 Natoma Street
Folsom, CA, 95630

Comments, questions or requests for copies can be made via email to or by postal mail to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Attn: Ms. Mariah Brumbaugh, Environmental Manager, 1325 J Street, Sacramento, California, 95814. All comments received concerning the draft SEIS/EIR will be considered and incorporated into the final SEIS/EIR, as appropriate.

The Dam Raise Project is part of the Corps’ Folsom Dam Modification Project, also called the Joint Federal Project, designed 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. 

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