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Project Update

Project update as of 5-02-2014

To date, nearly all of the environmental work has been completed prior to completion of the Environmental Assessment process. The cultural resource surveys and report have been completed.

The hydraulic analysis prepared by West Consultants Inc. is 100 % completed and has been submitted to URS Corporation Inc. and FEMA for the Environmental Assessment process.   FEMA is now reviewing the report.  The next phase will be the completion of the Environmental Assessment, including issuance of a scoping notice to the public, and issuance of the FONSI. (Finding Of No Significant Impact) 

Yakima County has contacted all of the landowners that are directly affected by the possible Shaw Creek relocation corridor or bypass corridor.  Additional landowner meetings will be occurring during the planning process.

URS Corp. Inc. will be initiating the formal Environmental Assessment process in late summer to fall of 2014. FEMA, Washington State Emergency Management Division, and Yakima County are involved in the project planning and Environmental Assessment process.  It is likely there will be public meetings in the fall of 2014 to present the scope of the project and accept comments from the public.  A news release and notification on this web-site will occur if and when a public meeting is scheduled.

If you have any concerns, or comments, or would like to discuss the project, please call:

Cliff Bennett
Yakima County Water Resource Program Coordinator
509 574 2397



Explanation of Project Roles and Responsibilities

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) FEMA has provided the funding for the PDM grant and has overall responsibility for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance program from which this project is funded.

Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD) is the grant recipient of the PDM grant.

Yakima County Public Services Water Resources Division is the sub grantee and will be handling much of the contacts with stakeholders, landowners, construction contractors, and on-the-ground implementation.

URS Corporation Inc. is an engineering consulting firm that has been hired by FEMA to provide the NEPA Environmental Assessment work, cultural resource survey and report, and any additional environmental work.

West Consulting Inc. is an engineering and hydraulic consulting firm that is proving the hydraulic and engineering work including channel design for the project.