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Wild Horse Wind Power Project

Draft Environmental Impact Statement


Commenting

The written comment period for the Wild Horse Wind Power Project DEIS closed on September 10, 2004. Thank you for participating.

Public Comment Meeting

The public was invited to give comments on the Wild Horse Wind Power Project DEIS on August 24, 2004. Prior to the Public Comment Meeting there was an Open House to view photos and maps of the project.
The oral comments regarding DEIS were received at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday August 24, 2004

Open House: 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Public Comments Starting at 7:00 p.m.

Samuelson Union Building Theater
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg Washington, 98926

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Fact Sheet

Table of Contents (including list of figures and tables)

CHAPTER 1: SUMMARY

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Purpose and Need for Project
1.3 Decisions to be Made
1.4 Description of Alternatives
1.5 Summary of Public Involvement, Consultation, and Coordination
1.6 Summary of Potential Impact and Mitigation Measures
1.7 Cumulative Impacts
1.8 Issues to be Resolved
1.10 Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impacts

CHAPTER 2: PROPOSED ACTION AND ALTERNATIVES

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Description of Proposed Action
2.3 Construction Costs
2.4 Mitigation Measures Inherent in the Project Design
2.5 Alternatives Considered but Eliminated from Detailed Study
2.6 Off-Site Alternatives
2.7 No Action Alternative
2.8 Alternative Transmission Interconnection Routes
2.9 Benefits or Disadvantages of Reserving Project Approval for a Later Date
2.10 Applicable Federal, State and Local Requirements
2.11 Coordination and Consultation with Agencies and Indian Tribes
2.12 Potential for Future Activities

CHAPTER 3: Earth

3.1 Affected Environment
3.2 Air Quality
3.3 Water Resources
3.4 Vegetation and Wetlands
3.5 Wildlife
3.6 Fisheries
3.7 Energy and Natural Resources
3.8 Noise
3.9 Land Use
3.10 Visual Resources/Light and Glare
3.11 Population, Housing, and Economics
3.12 Public Services and Utilities/Recreation
3.13 Cultural Resources
3.14 Traffic and Transportation
3.15 Health and Safety
3.16 Cumulative Impacts

CHAPTER 4: REFERENCES

CHAPTER 5: ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

CHAPTER 6: DISTRIBUTION LIST

CHAPTER 7: LIST OF PREPARERS

APPENDICES

Appendix A: Correspondence and Studies
Dept. of Fish & Wildlife 10/22/03 Letter
City of Kittitas 11/20/03 Letter
Dept. of Ecology Permit Application Form
Dept. of Fish & Wildlife 4/30/04 Letter
Wind Engineers 11/20/03 Memo
ECONorthwest Economic Impacts Report
Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation 4/27/04 Letter
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation 12/1/03 Letter
Confederated Tribes & Bands of the Yakama Nation 1/5/04 Letter
Confederated Tribes & Bands of the Yakama Nation 1/14/04 Letter
Confederated Tribes & Bands of the Yakama Nation 4/06/04 Letter
Spokane Tribe of Indians 6/08/04 Letter
Dept. of Energy 11/24/03 Letter

List of Figures

Figure 1-1: Project Vicinity Map
Figure 1-2: Proposed Layout of Most Likely Scenario
Figure 1-3: Project Site Aerial Layout
Figure 2-1: Wind Turbine Dimensions
Figure 2-2: Typical Modern Three-Bladed Upwind Turbine Generator
Figure 2-3: Typical Nacelle
Figure 2-4: Electrical and Communications System
Figure 2-5: Comparison of Various Wind Turbine Technologies
Figure 2-6: Areas Investigated for Wind Energy Development
Figure 2-7: Locations of Off-Sited Wind Energy Alternatives
Figure 2-8: Kittitas Wind Power Project Proposed Site Layout
Figure 2-9: Desert Claim Wind Power Project Proposed Site Layout
Figure 2-10: Springwood Ranch Proposed Site Layout
Figure 2-11: Swuak Valley Proposed Site Layout
Figure 3.1-1: Geologic Structures and Faults Map
Figure 3.1-2: Geologic Units and Faults
Figure 3.1-3: Soils Map
Figure 3.2-1: Wind Energy Rose
Figure 3.3-1: Test Pit and Boring Locations
Figure 3.3-2: FEMA Flood Zone Overlay
Figure 3.4-1: Vegetation Communities in the Project Area
Figure 3.5-1: Location of Avian Observation Stations
Figure 3.5-2: WDFW Priority Habitats Date for the Project
Figure 3.8-1: Residences in the Project Vicinity
Figure 3.8-2: Modeled Noise Levels at the Nearest Homes
Figure 3.9-1: Land Use Map
Figure 3.9-2: Zoning Designations
Figure 3.10-1: Zone of Visual Influence
Figure 3.10-2: a, b, c SV1 Vantage HWY East of Beacon Ridge Road
Figure 3.10-3: a-b, c-d SV1 Vantage HWY at Parke Creek Road Looking East
Figure 3.10-4: ab SV3 Beacon Ridge in T10N, Section 32 Looking South
Figure 3.10-5: ab, cd SV4 Patrick Ave and Clerf Road Looking East
Figure 3.10-6: ab SV5 I-90 West of Silica Road Exit Looking East
Figure 3.10-7: ab SV6 East of Stevens Road Looking West
Figure 3.10-8: Visual Simulation Viewpoint Locations
Figure 3.10-9: Nine Mile Canyon Wind Power Project at Night
Figure 3.10-10: Nine Mile Canyon Wind Power Project Night Photo Location and Direction
Figure 3.12-1: Project Area Fire Districts
Figure 3.12-2: Recreational Areas Surrounding the Project Site
Figure 3.14-1: Project Site and Surrounding Roadway Network
Figure 3.15-1: Lightning Flash Density Map
Figure 3.15-2: Blade Ice Throw and Blade Fragment Throw Hazard Zone
Figure 3.16-1: Overview of Wind Power Projects Proposed in Kittitas County

Public Reference:

Copies of the Wild Horse Wind Power Project DEIS will be available for Public Reference at the following locations.

Kittitas:

Kittitas Public Library
NE corner 2nd & Pierce Streets
Kittitas, WA 98934

(509) 968-0226

Ellensburg:

Ellensburg Public Library
209 N Ruby
Ellensburg, WA 98926

509-962-7250

Olympia:

Washington State Library
Joel M. Pritchard Library
Point Plaza East, Building One
6880 Capitol Boulevard South
Tumwater, WA, 98501-5513
(360) 704-5200

Washington Energy Facility
Site Evaluation Council
1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive S.E.
Olympia, WA, 98504-7250
360-664-1345

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How to Obtain a Copy:

The Wild Horse Wind Power Project DEIS is available to interested persons upon request in CD both hard copy and CD-ROM formats. To obtain a copy contact:

Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive
PO Box 47250
Olympia, WA 98504-7250
(360) 664-1345

or by e-mail: efsec@utc.wa.gov

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