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Comment Period Open
February 28 - April 13, 2020

DEIS Executive Summary
(17mb pdf)

You are invited to review and provide comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and the Preferred Alternative for the operations, maintenance and configuration of the Columbia River System, comprised of 14 federal dam and reservoir projects in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the draft EIS documents the review of potential actions and discloses the environmental effects of taking those actions.

The review and comment period opened on February 28, 2020 with the publication of the NEPA Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration developed the draft EIS in response to the need to review and update management of the System, including evaluating impacts to resources in the context of new information and changed conditions in the Columbia River basin and in response to a court order by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

The Preferred Alternative detailed in the draft EIS is a suite of operational, maintenance and structural measures to allow the agencies to meet their congressionally authorized purposes, the Purpose and Need statement and EIS objectives, including those to benefit species listed as threatened and endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The agencies will respond to substantive comments on the draft EIS in the final EIS to be released this summer.

View the Draft EIS
View the Complete Draft EIS on this website
View at EPA.gov
View electronically at a public library

Request a CD-ROM or flash-drive of the complete DEIS or a hardcopy of the Executive Summary
by email to info@crso.info* or leave a message with your phone number at 800-290-5033

* Messages sent to info@crso.info or to the co-lead agencies by email, phone or social media are not recorded as comments for the public record. Use one of the methods posted on this website to submit your comment.

Submit your comment

Online
Submit your comment at comments.crso.info

*UPDATE* At a public comment meeting
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Oregon and Washington, and actions by state and local officials to limit the spread of the virus, we will not be hosting in-person meetings.

*NEW* Public Comment Teleconferences
See teleconference details

Written comment via postal mail
US Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CRSO EIS
P.O. Box 2870
Portland, OR 97208-2870
(Must be postmarked by April 13, 2020)

Written comment via delivery
US Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CRSO EIS
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

(Must be delivered by 5 pm on April 13, 2020)

Messages sent to the co-lead agencies by email, phone or social media are not recorded as comments for the public record. Use one of the methods posted on this website to submit your comment.

*NEW* Public comment teleconferences

Participants will be able to comment (3-minute limit) and listen to other callers’ comments.

March 17        March 18        March 19
March 25        March 26        March 31

All teleconferences start at 4 pm Pacific / 5 pm Mountain time and are scheduled to end at 8 pm Pacific / 9 pm Mountain time. 

See teleconference details

Public comment meetings

Public comment meeting schedule revised as of March 13, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Oregon and Washington, and actions and requests by state and local officials to limit the spread of the virus, we will not be hosting in-person meetings.

Teleconferences will be available during the comment period.  Please refer to instructions on when and how to participate.