Public comment period extended for Chehalis Basin Strategy

Residents now have more time to review and comment on the Chehalis Basin Strategy, the environmental report seeking to restore habitat and reduce flood damage in the Chehalis River Basin.

The Washington Department of Ecology announced that with a draft environmental report available to the public on the Chehalis Basin Strategy, they have extended the public comment period for their programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The environmental review evaluates four options within the Chehalis River Basin that are meant to “ address flood damage and aquatic species habitat” following flooding and issues in recent years.

“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.”

The comment period has been extended until November 14, 2016.

Local residents have an opportunity to comment in person at a public hearing on Thursday, October 27, at Montesano City Hall.

Comments will be accepted online, in person, or by mail.


Online By mail 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.




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