ISSUE: EWEB set an organizational goal in 2022 to determine a direction for the Leaburg Hydroelectric Project toward either a power producing asset or permanent decommissioning of the Project.


In keeping with our commitment to transparency and public service, we invite our customer-owners and community members to participate in the conversation around the future of the Leaburg Hydroelectric Project.


Instructions for providing public comment: Public comments will be documented for consideration as part of EWEB’s Triple Bottom Line (TBL) Analysis. The analysis, which considers financial, environmental and social impacts, will help EWEB’s elected Board of Commissioners compare and evaluate solutions to this complex problem. 


Other opportunities for public input include contacting the Leaburg Project Team outreach coordinator Adam Spencer (adam.spencer@eweb.org), EWEB Commissioners directly, and/or providing comments at regularly scheduled public Board meetings (1st Tuesday of the month).


Background: In October 2018, EWEB ceased power generation at the Leaburg Hydroelectric Project due to the discovery of excessive seepage along portions of the Leaburg Canal. Upon further analysis, EWEB found that the portions of the canal with excessive seepage also contained low-strength soils that would be vulnerable during earthquakes. EWEB completed partial fixes and has kept the canal drawn down to reduce the risks of these structural concerns.


EWEB does not believe there is an imminent danger of a canal breach.


Meanwhile, EWEB is investigating the best future alternative for the Leaburg Project. Working with a team of specialists, EWEB has identified the following 4 alternatives for the Leaburg Project:


Alternative 1: Full decommission of the Leaburg Project: Removing all traces of the dam, the canal, and all facilities. Leaburg Lake would return to original river conditions as best as practical. This alternative would attempt to make the landscape return to “as if the Leaburg Project were never built.”


Alternative 2: Full return-to-service: Fixing all problems and getting back to normal power generation. This alternative would invest in power generation for the future.


Alternative 3: New Powerhouse at Luffman Spillway: Building a new powerhouse closer to the dam that would generate less power but also reduce construction costs. EWEB would modify the canal downstream of the new powerhouse so that it would only carry stormwater from tributary creeks.


Alternative 4: Stormwater Conveyance: Decommissioning of the Leaburg Project by modifying the entire canal for stormwater conveyance only, essentially converting the canal into a tributary of the McKenzie River. The Project would no longer generate power. The Leaburg Dam would be removed.

Leaburg Project Evaluation Social Impacts Public Comment Form

1. How important is it to you that EWEB select the lowest cost of the four alternatives described above?
2. How important is it to you that EWEB continue to strive for the lowest-possible carbon footprint in its power portfolio?
3. How important is it to you that EWEB continue to keep electric rates as low as possible?
4. Assuming a definition of resiliency as the ability to bounce back when an unexpected event or circumstances occur, how important is resiliency to you?

Leaburg Recreation


The Leaburg Project provides recreational opportunities. Leaburg Lake is used for boating and fishing. The Leaburg Canal has a trail for hiking, biking, dog-walking, and birding. 

5. How often do you visit Leaburg Lake?
6. How often do you visit the Leaburg Canal Trail?

This decision may impact recreational opportunities. In the two decommissioning alternatives, the Leaburg Dam may be removed. Leaburg Lake could return to being a section of the McKenzie River. The decision could result in the removal of sections of, or the entirety of, the Leaburg Canal.

7. How important is it to you that Leaburg Lake remain as a recreational facility?
7a. Optional: Please explain the reasoning behind your choice:
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8. How important is it to you that the Leaburg Canal Trail remain as a recreational facility?
8a. Optional: Please explain the reasoning behind your choice:
0/250
9. The Leaburg Project is equipped with upstream and downstream passage facilities to mitigate impacts on migrating fish. How concerned are you about the impacts of Leaburg Dam on migrating fish?
9a. Optional: Please explain the reasoning behind your choice:
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Leaburg Historic District


The Leaburg Project was built in 1928. It is designated as a historical district recognizing it as an example of architecture in that era.

10. How important is the historic preservation of the Leaburg Project to you?
10a. Optional: Please explain the reasoning behind your choice:
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Tradeoffs


The decision about the future of the Leaburg Canal will likely involve tradeoffs among the values referred to in this survey or other values you might have. 

11. Please rank the importance of the following values that you think should be followed in making the decision about the future of the Leaburg Canal. Number 1 is the most important, 2 is the second most important, etc.
What is another Tradeoff not listed, and where would you rank it with those above?
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What other concerns should the Board consider in its decision about the future of the Leaburg Project?
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A little bit about you (*We want to make sure we’re getting feedback from a broad base of our customers and community members)

Are you an EWEB customer?
If so, what services does EWEB provide for you?
What is your zip code?
10. How would you rate your overall level of trust and confidence in EWEB, on a scale of one (1) to ten (10) where ten is very high trust and one is low trust?
Low Level of Trust
High Level of Trust
Which of the following categories best reflects your age?*
How many people are in your household?
13. Which of the following categories best describes your total household income before taxes?*
Which gender do you most closely identify with?*
Which race(s) or ethnicities do you most closely identify with?*
Optional: If you would like to be contacted based on your answers, please provide your name, phone number, and email, and EWEB staff will reach out.
0/250

That's it, thank you!


If you click the "Submit Survey" button below and nothing happens, please scroll up and make sure you've answered all required questions. Omitted questions will have red text indicating you need to assign a value.


EWEB's Commissioners and staff value your feedback. By taking this survey, you are helping us make a very difficult decision and we hope your comments can help us mitigate the impacts to our customers, community, and environment. EWEB will be choosing between the four alternatives about by December, 2022. You can continue to receive updates on the project's progress at eweb.org/leaburgcanal.