Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Snow Lake water control valve replacement delayed

March 27, 2018


Amanda Smith
(503) 872-2852

Erika Lopez
(208) 378-5101

The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released an
Environmental Assessment (EA) on December 21, 2017, in compliance with the National
Environmental Policy Act, for the proposed replacement of the existing Upper Snow Lake tunnel
water release control valve with a new valve. The water control structure is located on land
owned by the Service surrounded by the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area in Chelan County,

The actions described in the EA were to occur in fall 2018. However, to allow for additional time
to evaluate the project, construction is anticipated to take place no earlier than fall 2019.
Questions on the project may be directed to Mr. Stephen Kolk, Wenatchee/Entiat Sub-basin
liaison, at 509-667- 8494. The EA is available at

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