Multiple opportunities for public involvement were offered. WAPA hosted a public scoping meeting on March 3, 2020, at the New Underwood Community Center. Approximately 30 members of the public attended the public scoping meeting. The meeting was advertised via letters mailed to private landowners in the vicinity of the Project, stakeholders, and local, state, and federal agencies. Announcements were also published in the Pennington County Courant on February 13, 20, and 27, 2020, prior to the meeting. WAPA received nine comments during the public scoping comment period, which ran between March 3 and April 4, 2020.
Additionally, WAPA distributed the draft EA for public review and comment between April 27, 2021 and June 1, 2021, by letters to individual landowners and interested agencies, and notices in the local newspapers. WAPA received four comments.
Documentation of public outreach is provided in Appendix D of the EA.