Shem Dam Rehabilitation (Washington County)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Washington County (Sponsor) are analyzing alternatives to rehabilitate the Shem Dam (AKA Winsor Dam) on the Santa Clara River due to past flood damage. The Shem Dam has decreased in water holding capacity due to sediment deposition and has incurred structural damage due to flooding events.
This project is being partially funded by the NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program to reduce potential impacts from future flood events affecting the Shem Dam and Santa Clara River. A National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared by NRCS for the EWP program; however, this project does not fit within the analysis parameters of the Programmatic EIS since this project will increase flood protection above 2011 pre-flood protection levels. NRCS, as the lead federal agency, has initiated an additional NEPA analysis in the form of an Environmental Assessment to analyze impacts to the natural and human environment from this project. The Environmental Assessment will comply with the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations at 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508 which require an evaluation of potential environmental impacts associated with federal projects and actions.
The original Scoping Period opened on September 10, 2013 and closed on October 9, 2013. A Scoping Public Meeting was held on September 24, 2013 at the Washington County Public Works building to present the project. Due to Federal government shutdown during the original scoping period, NRCS is reopening the Scoping Period and government agencies/public are invited to provide comments on the proposed project. There will not be a second Scoping Public Meeting associated with the reopening.
Scoping Public Comment Reopen Period
Open: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Close: Saturday, November 16, 2013
For further project information please contact:
Shem Dam Rehabilitation Project
Greg Allington –McMillen, LLC
1401 Shoreline Drive
Boise, ID 83702
Bronson Smart – NRCS
125 S. State Street – Room 4010
Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1100
Scoping Report (PDF, 4.73 MB)
Scoping Notice (PDF, 172 KB)
Scoping Project (PDF, 202 KB)
Scoping Public Meeting Presentation (PDF, 202 KB)
NOTE: NRCS will add other directories and documents as the project moves through subsequent phases of the NEPA process.
Updated: December 9, 2013