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Notice of Online Public Scoping Meeting for Westland ID and Umatilla County

Public Notice Announcing Online Scoping Meeting Westland Irrigation District and Umatilla County Infrastructure Improvements

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is considering improvements to irrigation infrastructure in Westland Irrigation District and new infrastructure in Umatilla County to access Columbia River water, which would support agriculture and groundwater supplies. Westland Irrigation District and Umatilla County are the project co-sponsors and Farmers Conservation Alliance is assisting NRCS in this planning process. Improvements under consideration may be partially funded through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954 (PL 83-566) and will address water conveyance and operation inefficiencies in District-owned infrastructure, as well as groundwater depletion within Umatilla County, while supporting existing agricultural land use.

The proposed project is located in Umatilla County, Oregon. The National Environmental Policy Act and the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations require an evaluation of potential environmental impacts associated with federal projects and actions with input from the public.

You are invited to attend a virtual public scoping meeting where your input is requested. At the meeting, the range of resource issues and conceptual alternatives addressing system improvements to Westland Irrigation District and Umatilla County will be presented. Participants will have an opportunity to submit their comments, ideas, and concerns.

Virtual Public Scoping Meeting
Date: Tuesday November 2, 2021
Time: 6 PM to 7 PM
Register at: oregonwatershedplans.org

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the meeting will be held virtually using Zoom. A recording of the meeting will be available afterwards at the same website. Media inquiries should be sent to Marla Keethler at marla.keethler@fcasolutions.org.

Comments may be submitted during the public scoping period starting October 19, 2021 and ending on December 2, 2021. Comments may be emailed to westland.id.comments@gmail.com, submitted online at oregonwatershedplans.org, submitted via phone at (541) 716-6085, or mailed to: Farmers Conservation Alliance, 102 State Street, Hood River, OR 97031.

Additional information is available online at oregonwatershedplans.org or the NRCS Oregon public notices webpage.