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Environmental assessment for Wapato Lake is focus of open house

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The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will talk to the public in Gaston Monday evening

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will reveal its habitat restoration ideas for Wapato Lake at an open house Monday night.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 15, to present a completed draft of the environmental assessment for the restoration of Wapato Lake, which is a central part of the Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

The general public will be able to learn more about the habitat restoration options being considered and can weigh in with FWS officials. The open house will begin with a 15-minute presentation at 6:30 p.m., followed by more personal discussions and questioning between community members and refuge staff.

This environmental assessment deals specifically with options for habitat restoration, not wildlife-dependent recreation.

The open house will take place in the gym at Gaston Junior/Senior High School, 300 Park St., Gaston.