Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder Engagement process Started

Until January 24,
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Governor Inslee’s questionnaire process

Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder Process

LSRD Online Engagement Questionnaire

Governor Inslee’s office has hired the contractor team of Ross Strategic, Kramer Consulting, White Bluffs Consulting, and Anchor QEA to conduct the Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder Engagement process. This process was directed by the 2019 Washington state Legislature. The team is providing research, interview, facilitation and report development services, and have been meeting with local, state, tribal, and federal leaders and stakeholders, and reviewing existing documents. A report is under development detailing the potential positive and negative impacts (social, economic, environmental) and opportunities gained and lost from the potential breaching or removal of the Lower Snake River Dams (LSRD), as well as from retaining the dams.

The draft report will be publicly available in mid-December and the public comment period will end at 5:00 pm on January 24, 2020.  In addition to providing public comments on the draft report, an online questionnaire is available.  Interested parties can fill out the questionnaire until the end of the comment period for the draft report. 

Governor Inslee supports this process to hear from diverse voices and collect the range of views in Washington State in regard to the LSRD. He plans to use this information to help craft his recommendations to the federal court-ordered environmental impact statement for the Columbia River Operation System due out for public review in February 2020.

There will be three public workshops after the draft Lower Snake River Dams report is released in mid-December. Details are below.

Purpose: To inform the interested public on the content of the draft report and provide an understanding of the different perspectives. The workshops are an opportunity to learn about the report in preparation of providing written comments by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 24, 2020. 

Format: Presentation of the draft report findings followed by a panel discussion representing different interests. Public comment will not be accepted during the workshops, but audience members can submit written questions that can be asked of the consultants and panel, provided time is available. Written comments on the draft report will be accepted through 5:00 PM on January 24, 2020 through the project website: http://lsrdstakeholderprocess.org/

Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm, program starts at 6:30 pm, and ends at 8:30 pm, followed by 30 minutes or more of informal conversations.

Public Workshop Dates and Locations
January 7th – Clarkston
Quality Inn & Suites and Quay Convention Center
700 Port Drive
Clarkston, WA 99403

January 9th – Vancouver
Washington State University Vancouver – Dengerink Administration Building (VDEN)
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave
Vancouver, WA 98686-9600
January 13th – Tri Cities
Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center 
2525 North 20th Avenue 
Pasco, WA 99301