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ODFW seeks comments on Canyon Creek Meadows Dam evaluation

Monday, Aug. 3, 2009


SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will host a public meeting in John Day on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 to solicit public input on the possible repair or removal of the Canyon Creek Meadows Dam.

The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Building, 431 Patterson Bridge Rd. in John Day.

The Canyon Creek Meadows Dam is on located in the Strawberry Mountains on a tributary of the John Day River, and is owned and operated by ODFW. In June, ODFW received state stimulus dollars to evaluate the dam and decide if it should be repaired or removed. The Go Oregon Stimulus Package dollars would also fund the design drawings and specifications of possible remedies.

The rock fill dam was completed in 1963 and began leaking shortly afterwards. There have been two unsuccessful attempts to repair the dam and ODFW remains concerned about the potential for dam failure.

ODFW will make a final decision about repairing or removing the dam after completion of the studies, and consulting with state and federal agencies, Tribal representatives and local stakeholders.

There will be two additional public meetings in John Day as the evaluation and planning process proceeds.




Kevin Blakely   (541) 276-2344
Doug Bochsler (503) 947-6217
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

Fax:     (541) 276-4414
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