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Draft Environmental Impact Statement


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The public and other reviewers can provide written or oral comments regarding the DEIS to EFSEC. The written comment period for the Wild Horse Wind Power Project DEIS closes on September 10, 2004. Please send your comments to:

Allen J. Fiksdal, Manager
P.O. Box 43172,
Olympia, WA  98504-317

or by Email to:

Comments should be as specific as possible and may address the adequacy of the DEIS or the merits of alternatives discussed, or both.  Commenters are encouraged to supply relevant additional information, respond to the methodologies and processes identified in the DEIS, and/or respond to the mitigation measures identified.  To be considered, written comments on the DEIS must be postmarked, or dated if sent by e-mail, by September 10, 2004.  Oral comments may be provided at the August 24, 2004 Public Comment Meeting as described below:

Public Comment Meeting

The public is invited to give comments on the Wild Horse Wind Power Project DEIS on August 24, 2004Prior to the Public Comment Meeting there will be  an Open House to view photos and maps of the project.  The oral comments regarding DEIS will be received starting 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)


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


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. 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
3.1Population, Housing, and Economics
3.1Public Services and Utilities/Recreation
3.13  Cultural Resources
3.14  Traffic and Transportation
3.15  Health and Safety
3.16  Cumulative Impacts






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 2-1Wind Turbine Dimensions
igure 2-2Typical Modern Three-Bladed Upwind Turbine Generator
Figure 2-3Typical Nacelle
Figure 2-4Electrical and Communications System
igure 2-5Comparison 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 3.5-2WDFW 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 3.9-1Land Use Map

Figure 3.9-2Zoning 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
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
3.10-ab SV5 I-90 West of Silica Road Exit Looking East
Figure 3.10-7: ab SV6 East of Stevens Road Looking West
Figure 3.10-8Visual Simulation Viewpoint Locations
Figure 3.10-9  Nine Mile Canyon Wind Power Project at Night
Figure 3.10-10Nine 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 3.15-2Blade 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 Public Library
NE corner 2nd & Pierce Streets
Kittitas, WA  98934

(509) 968-0226


Ellensburg Public Library
209 N Ruby
Ellensburg, WA 98926



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
905 Plum Street SE
Olympia, WA, 98504-3172

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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:

Stephen Posner
Siting Specialist

Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council 
905 Plum Street SE 
PO Box 43172 
Olympia, WA 98504-3172
(360) 956-2063

or by e-mail:


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