IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 28, 2016
Kara Lamb, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720.962.7411
LAKEWOOD, Colorado – Western Area Power Administration has opened a public scoping and comment period on the proposed construction of a 100-foot tall communication tower next to an existing tower situated on Crossman Peak, just east of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. WAPA plans to use an existing access road to the proposed tower and construct a new electric distribution line with a separate access road. Comments received during scoping will help inform documents prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.
"We are inviting the public to be involved in our environmental assessment process," said Matthew Bilsbarrow, environmental planner for WAPA's Desert Southwest region. "Any information regarding endangered species, floodplains, wetlands, views, historic sites and related concerns helps define issues and alternatives for consideration. Often, the public knows information we do not."
Comments may be submitted in writing to the attention of Mr. Bilsbarrow via traditional mail or email:
P.O. Box 6457
Phoenix, AZ 85005
WAPA is also hosting a public open house in Lake Havasu City on Nov. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. The open house provides another opportunity for learning about the proposal and submitting comments.
Crossman Peak Public Scoping Open House
ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City Gymnasium
100 University Way, Lake Havasu City, AZ
WAPA is the lead federal agency in the preparation of an environmental assessment, or EA, for the proposed action. Scoping is used to engage state, local and tribal governments and the public in the early identification of concerns, potential impacts, relevant effects of past actions and possible alternative actions. A primary purpose of NEPA is to inform the public about the environmental implications of federal agency decisions before they are made.
To learn more, please attend the public open house, or contact 720.962.7411 or visit the Crossman Peak EA website: www.wapa.gov/regions/DSW/Environment/Pages/Crossman-Peak-Communications-Facility-Project.aspx.
About WAPA: Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 25,000 gigawatt hours of clean, renewable power from 56 federal hydroelectric powerplants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states. It is part of the Department of Energy. Follow us on Twitter @WesternAreaPowr or visit the website at www.wapa.gov