With a new environmental report out for public review, now is the time to get involved and engage on potential ways to restore aquatic habitat and reduce flooding throughout the Chehalis River Basin in southwest Washington.

 

As part of a community effort to restore the basin and put it on a path to recovery, the Washington Department of Ecology has completed a draft environmental report, officially called a programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

 

The environmental review evaluated four basin-wide options that were developed and submitted to Ecology by the community to address flood damage and aquatic species habitat.

 

The Chehalis River Basin is at a turning point. In recent years, the basin has experienced extreme and frequent flooding, and it may experience larger floods more often in the future. Habitat for aquatic species is significantly degraded and, if action is not taken, is expected to decline further.

 

“I’m impressed by how the community came together to find potential solutions for the Chehalis River,” said Gordon White, floodplain program manager for Ecology. “We’ve worked hard to evaluate the impacts and give these invested stakeholders a fair assessment of how different solutions will affect their community’s environmental planning.”

 

Now that Ecology has completed its assessment and analysis of the four basin-wide option, it’s making the draft environmental report available for public review.

 

Learn more, attend hearings and submit comments

Visit chehalisbasinstrategy.com to read the draft study and share feedback. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2016. Please submit your comments:

 

Online By mail
chehalisbasinstrategy.com/comment-form Chehalis Basin Strategy EIS

c/o Anchor QEA

720 Olive Way, Suite 1900

Seattle, WA 98101

 

In person at public hearings
Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.*

Veterans Memorial Museum

100 S.W. Veterans Way

Chehalis, WA 98532

Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.*

Montesano City Hall

112 N. Main Street

Montesano, WA 98563

 

*Open houses begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and public hearing at 7:00 p.m.

 

The State Environmental Policy Act provides a formal process to identify and assess the possible environmental effects of a proposal before deciding how to proceed. Your feedback helps Ecology understand how a proposed action would affect people and the environment.

 

All comments received during the public comment period will be addressed in the final EIS, planned for issuance in 2017.