Reclamation releases draft EA for W.C. Austin Project, Safety of Dams Modification


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ALTUS – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed W.C. Austin Project, Safety of Dams Modification Project, for public review and comment. The comment period closes on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.

The purpose of the proposed action is to maintain authorized W.C. Austin Project purposes while reducing the risk of dam or dike failure, thereby reducing risk to downstream property and public safety.

The proposed project involves backfilling the drainage trench at Lugert Dike and East Dike B and raising all dikes to elevation 1,573 mean sea level. This action is necessary to correct unsafe conditions and to prevent possible loss of life, property, water storage and other project purposes.

Reclamation invites public comments concerning this EA and our preliminary determination that no significant impacts would be associated with the proposed action. The Draft EA will be open for public comment for 30 days. To view the Draft EA and submit comments online, visit http://www.usbr.gov/gp/otao/altus/index.html.

The Draft EA can be viewed at the Bureau of Reclamation, Oklahoma Texas Area Office 5924 NW 2nd Street, Suite 200 in Oklahoma City; the Lugert-Altus Irrigation District, 1421 West Ridgecrest in Altus; the Altus Public Library, 421 N. Hudson Street; or the Quartz Mountain Nature Park, 43393 Scissortail Road.

Comments on the Draft EA may also be sent via email to: pbraggs@usbr.gov; or via postal mail to: Precious Braggs, Bureau of Reclamation, 5924 NW 2nd Street, Suite 200, Oklahoma City, OK 73127; or faxed to 405-470-4807.

Comments will be accepted until midnight on Friday, October 9, 2015. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Precious Braggs at 405-470-4825 or pbraggs@usbr.gov.

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