LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District hosted scoping meetings on May 31 to solicit stakeholder and public comment on changes to the Alamo Dam Water Control Plan.
The Dam's current water control manual, adopted in 2003, contains an Environmental Impact Statement and Biological Opinion developed in 1999. Since then, several new species have been protected by the Endangered Species Act and new critical habitat has been designated that may be impacted by project operations.
"During the day, we met with tribal, local government and corporate stakeholders," said Pam Kostka, project manager. "I was pleased to see such a strong contingent from the Colorado River Indian Tribes."
The evening's scoping meeting was the first step of the National Environmental Policy Act process. NEPA requires the Corps to consider the environmental consequences of a proposed action, act as an environmental trustee for future generations, attain the most beneficial uses of the environment without risk to health or safety, preserve historic and cultural heritage, achieve a balance between population and resource use, and enhance the quality of renewable resources and encourage recycling.
"We want to hear from stakeholders," added Kostka. "And, anyone that didn't make it to this meeting can still participate in the process."
The public comment period is open until July 15. Email written comments to AlamoDamSPL@usace.army.mil.
Another scoping meeting will be from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., June 14, at the Cesar Chavez Library, 3635 W. Baseline Rd., Phoenix, Arizona.