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May meetings for comments on Crooked River project

ELK CITY – Public comment is currently sought on the draft environmental impact statement on the Crooked River Valley Rehabilitation Project (CRVR), set to be published this month in the Federal Register.

Public meetings on the project are set for May 6 in Grangeville and May 8 in Elk City; both meetings are from 6-8 p.m.

The project area is located in the Crooked River watershed, within the Red River Ranger District in the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests, approximately five miles west of Elk City. The lower two miles of Crooked River is known as the Meanders. 

The project proposed to restore channel and floodplain functions, restore in-stream fish habitat complexity, and improve water quality in the Crooked River valley. Eight alternatives for the Meanders were considered, and two were fully analyzed in the CRVR Draft EIS. Alternative 1 is the no action. Alternative 2, the proposed action, would rehabilitate up to 115 acres of floodplain by moving dredge tailings, reconstructing approximately 7,400 feet of stream channel, installing woody bank structures, constructing more than 2,700 feet of side channels, creating conditions for 64 acres of wetlands, and replanting the valley bottom with native plant communities.

The project would be implemented during a six-year period (2015–2021). Nine alternatives for the Narrows Road were considered, but eliminated from detailed study in the CRVR Draft EIS.

The CRVR Draft EIS was prepared in cooperation with the Nez Perce Tribe, Bonneville Power Administration and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Information on the CRVR Draft EIS is available at Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest offices in Kamiah, Grangeville, Elk City, Orofino; at libraries in Kamiah, Grangeville, Elk City, Orofino and Missoula; and also online: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=40648.

For options on how to comment, contact Jennie Fischer, Project Team Leader, 983-1950.

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