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Salinas Dam Disposition Study


Salinas Dam

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Disposition Study?

Authorized under Section 216 of the Flood Control Act of 1970, a disposition study gives the USACE the authority to evaluate a project which is no longer serving its federal purpose. 

Why is this study being done?

The Salinas Dam is not being used for federal purposes, but it is a critical water supply storage facility locally.  The study is being done to determine whether it is feasible to dispose of the facility and transfer ownership to a local agency.

What is the scope of work for the Disposition Study?

A Disposition Study is intended to determine whether a water resources development project, and the associated real property and Government-owned improvements owned by the USACE should undergo disposal and to identify the most feasible method of doing so.

What does “disposal” mean?

Any authorized method of permanently divesting the USACE’s control of and responsibility for real estate.  The Integrated Disposition Study and Environmental Assessment will evaluate potential methods and the potential impacts of disposal of the site.

What are the potential actions/alternatives being evaluated in the disposition study?

The study will evaluate no action and disposal alternatives.  No action means to maintain the status quo.

How is the study funded?

The study is 100% Federally funded.  Local agencies are also spending staff time on participating in the process.

How will the public be involved in this process?

USACE will release a Draft Disposition Report and Environmental Assessment in 2020 for public review. If disposal is recommended, USACE and a potential future owner will lead public involvement opportunities.

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