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October 14, 2016
Contact: Mark Grandstaff, 509-527-4141

Wooten Floodplain Plan public meetings scheduled
Oct. 24, 25 in southeast Washington

SPOKANE – Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff will discuss updates to the W.T. Wooten Floodplain Management Plan at two public meetings this month in southeast Washington.

The plan identifies actions designed to improve the ecological functions, structural integrity, and recreational opportunities of eight man-made lakes along the Tucannon River, which flows through WDFW's W.T. Wooten Wildlife Area in Columbia County.

The upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Richland: Monday, Oct. 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the City Community Center, 500 Amon Park Road North.
  • Dayton: Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Youth Building, 102 Fairgrounds Lane.

At those meetings, WDFW staff will provide an update on the Rainbow Lake Enhancement and Rehabilitation Project, designed to correct structural deficiencies on one of the eight impoundments. Staff will discuss draft designs for that project, as well as a plan to install large woody debris on sections of the Tucannon River to improve salmon habitat and floodplain connectivity.

Meeting attendees can ask questions, provide comments and learn about additional opportunities to stay involved.

Funding for lake renovations was allocated by the Washington Legislature from the state capital budget. Stream habitat and floodplain restoration work identified in the plan is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration and Washington State Conservation and Recreation Office Salmon Recovery Grants.

Additional information on the plan is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/wt_wooten/.