The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold two public meetings that focus on fish passage and temperature control at Detroit Dam and Lake.

Meetings will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 at South Salem High School, 1910 Church St. SE, and from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Gates Fire Hall, 140 East Sorbin St.

Comments will be collected for consideration in the development of an environmental impact statement as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping process.

The public can learn about Detroit Dam and its authorized purposes; current alternatives for downstream fish passage and temperature control; the Corps' and other interagency roles; the NEPA process; and submit written input on what to consider in the environmental review.

The purpose of this environmental impact study is to analyze effects to the human environment, including aesthetic, historic, economic, social etc., associated with the Corps' efforts to enhance juvenile passage for Endangered Species Act listed fish through Detroit Dam.

It will also analyze effects of modifying temperatures in the North Santiam and main stem Santiam rivers, below Detroit Dam, so that operational temperature targets are optimized for adult and juvenile salmonids. These actions are part of the Corps implementation of the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2008) Biological Opinions for the continued operations and maintenance of the Willamette Valley Project.

As part of the preparation of the EIS, the NEPA requires that there be an early and open process for determining the scope of the issues to be addressed.

Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.

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