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USBR seeks comment on proposed new fire station


The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public input on a draft environmental assessment for its proposed plan to build a new fire station.

The Bureau has identified two sites to build a 21,500-square-foot fire station.

The preferred site, identified as Alternative A, is on land already managed by the Grand Coulee Power Office outside the west administration/industrial area gate, near the intersection with Highway 155 and B Street. Access to the site would be from Industrial Road, off of either B Street or Highway 155.

The Alternative B site would be on land managed by the National Park Service at Crescent Bay, uphill from the boat launch and adjacent to the ramp access road. Access to this fire station location would be off SR 155 at the Crescent Bay boat ramp entrance.

A third alternative that the public can comment on is for the bureau to do nothing.

The current fire station is located in the John W. Keys III Pump Generating Plant.

The idea to replace it had been identified in earlier advanced planning for upgrades to the pump-generator plant that would take place over the next 20 or so years.

But after that plant was closed down for repairs and cleaning following a fire in 2013, the need became more apparent and urgent. Fire engines were then housed at a new machine shop near the Third Powerhouse, and on-call firefighters stayed in local motels.

The new station, if built, would provide sleeping, dining and meeting/training spaces, as well as a public reception area.

Both proposed spaces would be within the city of Grand Coulee.

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