OLYMPIA – The first of two meetings where the Department of Enterprise Services will ask people what should be studied in an environmental review for estuary, managed lake and hybrid options for the waterbody on the Capitol Campus will be held Oct. 10.
The purpose of scoping is to determine the range, or “scope” of issues to study, and it is the first step in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.
In-person public scoping meetings: The October meetings feature an open house from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and a verbal comment session from 6 to 8 p.m. People may also submit written comments at the meetings:
The comment period is being held through Nov. 13. Comments are being taken online, via email and through regular mail in addition to comments taken during the two in-person public scoping meetings in October.
Scoping helps determine what should be studied in the EIS, including what sorts of questions should be answered via technical analyses, what environmental impacts and potential mitigation measures should be evaluated in the study and which options for long-term management should be evaluated.
When complete, the EIS for the 260-acre waterbody will identify a preferred alternative for long-term management. At a minimum, the EIS will evaluate alternatives for:
Several options or variations of the primary alternatives have been proposed, and additional concepts may emerge during the EIS scoping process. A screening process will be used to identify the range of alternatives that move forward for detailed technical review in the EIS. Concepts will be evaluated for their ability to meet project objectives and their feasibility.
The legislative proviso funding the EIS also directed that an economic analysis be part of the EIS.
During scoping, we’d especially like your thoughts on what should be studied regarding:
Learn more: CapitolLakeWatershedEIS.org.
Online open house: CapitolLakeWatershedEIS.participate.online
Comment via e-mail: Comment@capitollakewatershedeis.org
Comment in writing: Bill Frare, Department of Enterprise Services, PO Box 41476, Olympia, WA 98504
Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed includes the 260-acre Capitol Lake Basin on the Washington State Capitol Campus. It is maintained by Enterprise Services. The waterbody suffers from numerous environmental issues:
Following the comment period: