The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration operate, maintain, and transmit hydroelectric power from 14 federal multiple purpose dams and related facilities located throughout the Columbia River basin.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, these joint-lead action agencies intend to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) presenting a reasonable range of alternatives for long-term system operations and evaluating the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts on flood risk management, irrigation, power generation, navigation, fish and wildlife, cultural resources and recreation.
The public scoping period (September 30, 2016 – February 7, 2017) provides anyone who is interested an opportunity to help the agencies identify issues and concerns that could be analyzed in the EIS.
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CRSO EIS, P.O. Box 2870
Portland, OR 97208-2870
Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life—including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity, and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.
As part of the City Leaders Institute, Partners developed a Community Report Card to help civic leaders and citizens think about their community’s strengths and weaknesses in Aging in Place. The report card assesses 11 components and grades the community on how well it is doing in each component of agelessness.
- Community Design and Planning
- Arts, Culture and Lifelong Learning
- Workforce Development
- Transportation and Mobility
- Local Leadership
- Health and Wellness
- Civic Engagement and Volunteer Opportunities
- Public Safety and Services
- Equity of Opportunity
With 60+ miles of bike and multi-use trails, a fantastic climate, wineries, friendly roads, and a central location at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake and Yakima River, the Tri-Cities has a lot to offer bicycle tourists.
Over $3.1 billion is spent in Washington State each year for biking and the Tri-Cities is well positioned to capitalize on the growing bike tourism market. Learn more at this presentation by experts Russ Roca and Laura Crawford of The Path Less Pedaled, who work with communities to develop strong bicycle tourism destinations and compelling marketing.
Richland is having two public information meetings as part of their Comprehensive Plan Update:
August 30 (Tuesday) 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland.
Sept. 7 (Wednesday) 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Orchard Elementary School, 1600 Gala Way, Richland.
Cities and counties have to update their Comprehensive Plans every 10 years. These meetings are an opportunity for citizens to share their views and ideas about the future of our cities/counties. “The Comprehensive Plan reflects community values and vision for the future and guides the City to determine where new housing, shopping, jobs and infrastructure will be located over the next 20 years” (from the City of Richland). This is a good time to give the cities/counties input on the importance of natural areas/parks/open space to our communities.
For example, as planners and civic leaders push to take control of our shorelines and established wasteway habitats,
What is the value of Columbia Point South as a natural area park?
What is the value of parks and natural areas along the rivers?
What is the benefit of protecting wetlands?
Richland also has an online survey about their Comp Plan update at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016compplan. Password: cor2016. It will be available until Oct. 9.
Nearly 40 city planners, engineers, leaders and interested citizens attended our free Complete Streets training on June 28.
Ben Franklin Transit hosted us in their headquarters, Castle Catering delivered a scrumptious healthy lunch, and much relevant information was shared by all. These community partners joined forces to make the training happen:
Check out the training presentations on the Benton Franklin Council of Governments site: