News & Meetings
The sponsor counties and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have agreed upon a Public Participation Plan that includes posting all project news and meeting notifications. The same information published in local newspapers and distributed on county website and Facebook pages will be posted here.
Preliminary scoping has closed. Future meetings to review alternatives and again gather public comment will be announced in 2021.
Public Scoping Comment Period extended
Public scoping comments will be accepted through Friday, 10/16/20.
Comments will continue to be received through the methods described at the bottom of this website. Click here for instructions on submitting a comment.
Public scoping Meeting - September 2020
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon Counties, WI, in partnership with the NRCS, are hosting public scoping meetings in the Coon Creek Watershed and West Fork Kickapoo Watershed to gather input from watershed stakeholders on issues related to flooding and the existing flood control dams.
The need for watershed planning arises from the failure of five flood control dams during a heavy storm on August 27-28, 2018. Before the Counties take action on major repairs, replacement, relocation, or removal of failed dams, they need to evaluate the environmental, economic, and social impacts of the original watershed projects implemented between 1958 and 1971.
These public scoping meetings are part of the watershed planning process. The primary purpose for planning is Flood Prevention or flood damage reduction. Subsidiary topics of planning are Watershed Protection to reduce excessive runoff, erosion, sediment, and agriculture-related pollutants in the watershed; Public Fish and Wildlife to improve riparian habitats or the environment for breeding, growth, and development of fish and wildlife; and Public Recreation to develop reservoir(s) or other areas for public health, safety, and access.
The goal of these public scoping meetings is to ensure that all problems, opportunities, historical studies, and current developments in these watersheds are brought to the public’s attention so that the Counties can pursue an efficient analysis of alternative plans for future flood prevention and flood damage reduction measures.
Join remotely during any meeting time with Microsoft Teams or
join by phone 208-996-1719 and enter code 550 594 736#
COVID-19 restrictions will include face masks and limited seating. Chairs will be spaced every six feet. Only one representative from each household/group should attend in-person. Remote viewing of the live presentation will be available through the above Microsoft Teams link.