Detroit Dam & Lake Downstream Passage Project

One of the many areas that I have focused on during my last three and a half years as County Commissioner has been convening local, county, state, and federal governments and businesses to support efforts to improve the rural economy of the North Santiam River Canyon.

The Detroit Lake Recreation Area is an integral part of the seasonal economy of the canyon. The last couple of seasons have brought some economic uncertainty due to record low lake levels, and a devastating fire season. Attempting to predict negative economic impacts is not within my skill set, however if we have a way to manage foreseeable projects that will impact the economy it is then my responsibility to ensure we do so.

The U.S. Army Corp has been charged with many fish mitigation projects in the Willamette River Basin. They are looking at a project on Detroit Lake Dam that could possibly reduce the lake levels for up to 3 years. According to Army Corp representatives this project will take place. It’s a matter of how and what the impacts will be. For more information about the proposed project, visit the Detroit Dam & Lake Downstream Passage Project website.

There will be an opportunity for you to hear alternatives, have questions answered and provide your input to the project. The meetings are listed below and if you have an interest in this project I would strongly encourage you to attend.

December 14, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at South Salem High School, 1910 Church Street SE, Salem
December 19, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Gates Fire Hall, 140 East Sorbin Street, Gates

On a personal note I hope that you and yours have a blessed Christmas season. Please know that my door is always open, and I welcome your comments and concerns.