The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is extending
the review period for the Willamette Valley reservoir storage reallocation
study. The review period now ends December 28, adding six days to the original
45 day review period.
The Corps' system of 13 dams and reservoirs in
the Willamette River Basin's primary purpose is flood risk management. However,
Oregon residents benefit from reservoir water in a variety of other ways,
including hydropower generation and recreation. The Corps is in the process of
determining if a reallocation of water storage could grant municipal and
industrial water supply, irrigation and fish and wildlife better access to the
The Corps is studying this issue because
demands on the Valley's water supplies have changed due to increasing
populations, development, irrigation and the listing of threatened or
endangered fish species. Because of this, Portland District and the Oregon
Water Resources Department are sponsoring a feasibility study to determine if
and how to best reallocate reservoir space during the spring and summer months.
The Corps and the water resources department
are seeking comments on a draft integrated feasibility study report/environmental
assessment, which includes and a finding of no significant impact for the
study. The Corps has prepared these documents for this proposal in accordance
with the National Environmental Policy Act. The documents include a brief
discussion of the need for the reallocation, as well as environmental
considerations resulting from the reallocation. To review the draft assessment,
--CBB, November 17, 2017, “Corps Seeks
Comment On Willamette Valley Reservoir Storage Reallocation Draft Study,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/439865.aspx.
-- CBB, April 1,
2016, “Corps/Oregon Seek Comment On How Willamette Basin Storage Water Could Be
Reallocated In Summer” http://www.cbbulletin.com/436355.aspx.