Sherman County eNews #171

CONTENT

  1. Notice of Public Meeting for the Sherman Hydroelectric Project, July 11

  2. Sherman Hydroelectric Project Notice of Intent to File Application

  3. Editorial. Getting the news! Print, Web, TV, Radio & Social Media

  4. Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission: Sherman County Cemeteries

  5. Program: Before the Dams: Geology of the Columbia Gorge, June 18

  6. The Quality of the Questions

  7. ODOT #Eclipse2017 update: June 9, 2017

  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do


Knowledge will not attract money unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical plans of action, to the definite end of accumulation of money. ~ Napoleon Hill Foundation


1. Notice of Public Meeting for the Sherman Hydroelectric Project, July 11, 2017

JOINT AGENCY AND PUBLIC HEARING

Rivertec Partners LLC

Sherman Hydroelectric Project

July 11, 2017

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Sherman County Library

The Program Room

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

AGENDA

  1. Project Overview and Description
  2. Overview of the Licensing Process
  3. Discuss current and potential resource needs and management objectives for

the proposed project area

  1. Discuss what additional information is required and how to obtain that

information including proposed studies

  1. Agree on a time frame and format for discussion of study results.

 

Site Tour: A site tour is scheduled at John Day Lock & Dam, is also open to the public,

and will be held from 1 PM to 2 PM. For security purposes you MUST provide your

name and organization to Mark Steinley at sherman@bkmcapital.com or 480-435-0846

by June 28, 2017, if you plan to attend the tour. US Government issued photo

identification is required to be provided at the time of the tour. Please contact Mark

Steinley if you require directions.

The meeting and site tour serves as the public hearing and joint agency consultation for

both the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license application and Oregon Water

Resource Department license application.

Note: The services, programs and activities of the Water Resources Department are

covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits

discrimination against persons with disabilities. The Department intends to comply with

the ADA. If you are interested and need special accommodations to participate in the

public hearing, please contact Mary Grainey at (503) 986-0833, at least 48 hours prior to the hearing.

 

NOTICE OF OPEN COMMENT PERIOD

JOINT AGENCY AND PUBLIC HEARING

SHERMAN HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT (FERC No. P-14752)

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please find enclosed the Notice of Open Comment Period, Joint Agency and Public Hearing which is scheduled for July 11, 2017 as well as the enclosed Agenda.

This serves as:

  1. The Notice of Open Comment Period, Joint Agency and Public Hearing for an application for major hydroelectric project at Water Resources Department, State of Oregon, and
  1. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC”) requires a initial joint agency/public meeting be held as part the Traditional Licensing Process.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a project overview, discuss current and potential resource needs and

management objectives for the proposed project area, discuss what additional information is required and what

studies are to be done, and agree on the time frame and format for discussion of study results.

Comments on this application for a new hydroelectric project are requested from interested citizens, organizations, governmental entities, and other parties. Comments are requested on whether the impacts of this project are such that they might be cumulatively affect other proposed or existing projects in the Columbia River basin. Requests for additional studies related to project impacts may also be submitted.

For the State of Oregon, Water Resources Department, Comments may be submitted at the public hearing, or in writing to the Oregon Water Resources Department by 5 p.m. day, August 12, 2017 with a copy to Rivertec.

FERC study requests, related to Rivertec’s federal license application, may be submitted at the public hearing, or in writing to Rivertec by 5 p.m. September 12, 2017 to 521 Thorn Street, #331, Sewickley, PA 15143.

Please note that the Preliminary Application Document (PAD) is available for inspection and reproduction at the Sherman County Public Library, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039 and online at http://www.ferc.gov/elibrary. The PAD to develop a major hydroelectric project and supporting documents may be viewed at the Water Resources Department, 725 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301. The PAD is also filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as docket P-14752.

In order to better plan the meeting of July 11, 2017, Rivertec requests that any attendees email msteinley@bkmcapital.com or phone 480 435 0846 and provide your name and organization, as well as to let us know if you are attending a) the joint agency and public hearing, b) the site tour (government issued photo ID will be required), or c) both. If you plan to attend the site tour you must provide notice by June 28, 2017. Also to assist in better communication going forward, can you please provide a contact and details on how to contact that person for future communication regarding the license application for the Sherman Hydroelectric Project?

Please contact the undersigned with any questions or comments.

Sincerely

Mark Steinley

Rivertec Partners

480 435 0846

msteinley@bkmcapital.com


2. Sherman Hydroelectric Project Notice of Intent to File Application

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION

 

Rivertec Partners LLC                                                                       Project No. 14752-001

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE LICENSE APPLICATION, FILING OF PRE-APPLICATION DOCUMENT, AND APPROVING USE OF THE TRADITIONAL LICENSING PROCESS

(May 16, 2017)

  1. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File License Application and Request to Use the Traditional Licensing Process.
  2. Project No.: 14752-001
  3. Date Filed: April 6, 2017
  4. Submitted By: Rivertec Partners LLC
  5. Name of Project: Sherman Hydroelectric Project
  6. Location: On the Columbia River near Rufus in Sherman County, Oregon.  The project is located at the U.S. Corps of Engineers’ John Day Dam Juvenile Fish Sampling and Monitoring Facility.
  7. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR 5.3 of the Commission’s regulations

 

  1. Potential Applicant Contact: Mark Steinley, Rivertec Partners LLC, 521 Thorn Street, #331, Sewickley, PA 15143; e-mail – msteinley@bkmcapital.com; (480) 435-0846.

 

  1. FERC Contact: Kim Nguyen at (202) 502-6105; or e-mail at nguyen@ferc.gov.

 

  1. Rivertec Partners LLC filed its request to use the Traditional Licensing Process on April 6, 2017. Rivertec Partners LLC provided public notice of its request on May 8, 2017.  In a letter dated May 16, 2017, the Director of the Division of Hydropower Licensing approved Rivertec Partners LLC’s request to use the Traditional Licensing Process.

 

  1. With this notice, we are initiating informal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or NOAA Fisheries under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and the joint agency regulations thereunder at 50 CFR, Part 402; and NOAA Fisheries under section 305(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and implementing regulations at 50 CFR 600.920. We are also initiating consultation with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Officer, as required by section 106, National Historic Preservation Act, and the implementing regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation at 36 CFR 800.2.

 

  1. With this notice, we are designating Rivertec Partners LLC as the Commission’s non-federal representative for carrying out informal consultation pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and section 305(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; and consultation pursuant to section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

 

  1. Rivertec Partners LLC filed a Pre-Application Document (PAD; including a proposed process plan and schedule) with the Commission, pursuant to 18 CFR 5.6 of the Commission’s regulations.

 

  1. A copy of the PAD is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s website (http://www.ferc.gov), using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document.  For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCONlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY).  A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in paragraph h.

 

  1. Register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via e-mail of new filing and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

3. Editorial. Getting the news! Print, Web, TV, Radio & Social Media

typewriterSeveral eNews subscribers recently inquired about specific events that they expected to see notices or news of here or in a local newspaper.

We were reminded that people who follow Sherman County news but do not live here are likely to support our organizations by their presence or contributions… if we invite them and keep them informed. 

We remind ourselves that not everyone engages in Facebook, Twitter and texting. There are people who choose not to use computers, Internet or iPhones but who do read the newspaper and newsletters.

We need to communicate with news releases, newsletters, an up-to-date website, and social media! Otherwise, never mind sending an end-of-year fund-raising letter.

Out of sight, out of mind!  


4. Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission: Sherman County Cemeteries

Please contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685 if you can provide the Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission with the ownership and contact information for the following Sherman County cemeteries:

Daugherty Family Cemetery (private)

DeMoss Family Cemetery (private)

Kent Cemetery

Michigan Cemetery (private)

Observer Farm Cemetery (private)

Rufus Pioneer Cemetery.


5. Program: Before the Dams: Geology of the Columbia Gorge, June 18

Join Dr. Jim O’Connor, US Geological Survey, Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.,  for “Before the Dams: Geology of the Columbia Gorge” at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. The program is included with museum admission. For information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit www.gorgediscovery.org.


6. The Quality of the Questions

No one ever has all the answers. However, it is the quest for answers that is fundamentally important. Albert Einstein once said that, “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” His words emphasize something that is extremely important: It is not so much the answers you already have, but rather the quality of the questions you ask that determines the direction of your life.

For example, what sort of questions do you ask when calamity strikes? Do you ask, “Why me?” or “What’s the use of living if this is what happens?” Or, do you ask questions like, “How can I use this to learn and grow, maybe even to help others?”

What kind of questions do you ask your kids? Do you say, “What’s the matter with you?”  “Why are you so stupid, or lazy or mean?” Or, do you ask, “What are you looking forward to?” or “How will you show your teacher how smart you are?”

When it comes to your relationships, do you ask questions that can be answered with just “yes” or “no” or do you ask open-ended questions that encourage people to tell you more about themselves? And finally, what kind of questions do you ask yourself? Do you say, “How am I going to get through the day?” or “What can I do to make today really great?”

Do you ask, “what if” questions that help you explore possibilities? How about asking questions that encourage you to think about the purpose of your life and your reasons for doing what you are doing? Change the quality of the questions you ask, and you will be changing the focus of your attention. Change the focus of your attention, and you will change the results you get. Go ahead. Try it and see. ~The Pacific Institute


7. ODOT #Eclipse2017 update: June 9, 2017

Arrive early; stay put; leave late

Oregon could experience a cosmic traffic jam if one million people expected to travel into the path of totality to view the Aug. 21 eclipse in Oregon don’t properly plan ahead and come prepared.

Many Oregon state agencies, including ODOT, are working hard to help everyone be prepared.

All construction and non-emergency maintenance on state highways in the path of totality will be stopped Aug. 18-22, when eclipse watchers are here. Construction work could be curtailed in other parts of the state depending on traffic impact.

You should:

  • Help keep roads clear. Staying off the roads helps emergency service vehicles get through. Ride your bicycle when possible.
  • Travel with friends. Joining friends and family for the trip to totality will reduce the number of cars on the road. Find carpool information at www.drivelessconnect.com.
  • Meet your needs in advance. Take care of those errands before Aug. 21. Limit your trips in the days immediately around the eclipse to help keep roads clear.
  • Be prepared. If you’re traveling, plan for basic needs such as food, water and bathroom breaks. Plan to get to where you need to be before you need to go!
  • Expect traffic changes. Communities may close streets to through traffic or ban left or right turns to keep traffic moving, especially around large events.
  • Caution friends and family: If visitors are coming, warn them to #DriveHealthy: Arrive early, stay put during the eclipse, and leave late afterwards so everyone doesn’t jump on the highways all at once. All travelers have a shared responsibility to stay safe.
  • Consider working from home. Consider adjusting your work schedule in the days around the eclipse.

We’re all in this together! Be prepared; help your neighbors. And please be kind to our visitors.

For more information on #Eclipse2017, visit

For graphic simulations of the eclipse, watch

For updated information on highway work and current travel information throughout Oregon, visit www.tripcheck.com or call the Oregon road report at 511 or 1-800-977-6368.  Visit the ODOT News Media Center at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM


8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do 

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Americans Think Text-Blocking Tech Will Make Roads Safer http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/general_lifestyle/june_2017/americans_think_text_blocking_tech_will_make_roads_safer

 Getting Your News Out Through the Media http://www.social-marketing.com/media.html

Did a spy satellite just visit the International Space Station?http://spaceweather.com/ 

The Patriot Post, free newsletter https://patriotpost.us/about

The Washington Free Beacon http://freebeacon.com/

Helpful Hints http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/jun/07/helpful-hints-20170607/?f=features


 

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