Call to Action
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Lava Ridge Wind Project in south central Idaho has been released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The public comment period will end on April 20, 2023. The DEIS and related documents can be found at the BLM National NEPA Register.
Friends of Minidoka has identified areas of concern in the DEIS. For more information, please visit their Lava Ridge update page.
Deadline to submit comments in response to the BLM has been extended to April 20, 2023.
You can find out more information about the DEIS and get help submitting your comments at the following events:
Online and in-person write-ins: February 28th, 2023 - get help with composing and submitting your comments to BLM and your elected officials (click for more details)
BLM Open House on March 2nd, 2023 at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center from 3:00 - 7:00 PM PT (click for more details)
About the Lava Ridge Wind Farm
Minidoka National Historic Site’s historic, natural, and cultural resources are currently being threatened. Magic Valley Energy has proposed the Lava Ridge Wind Project, a 400-unit wind turbine field on 73,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property adjacent to Minidoka, 25 miles northeast of Twin Falls, Idaho. If built, it will be one of the largest in the U.S. Several turbines are slated to be installed on the historic footprint of the camp, and almost all are completely visible from the WWII Japanese American incarceration site in Southern Idaho.
The proposed project includes up to 400 wind energy generating turbines, up to seven new substations, approximately 198 miles of 34.5 kilovolt (kV) collector lines, 34 miles of 230 kV transmission lines, 18 miles of 500 kV transmission lines, 381 miles of access roads, 47 miles of temporary crane walk paths, a battery energy storage system, three operations and maintenance facilities, five permanent met towers, and construction-related staging yards. Engineering is preliminary, but the turbines may have a maximum height (including the rotor) of up to 740 feet.View project map.
Read the full project plan of development, guidance on submitting public comment, the full timeline and planning process, and other BLM documents here: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2013782/540
Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an EIS is prepared for major federal actions that may have a significant effect on the environment. The purpose of an EIS is to identify potential issues related to the project, analyze the project impacts, disclose them to the public, and use the information developed to make informed decisions. The EIS is a public document, and the public is encouraged to provide input throughout the development of the EIS. The EIS is currently in the draft EIS stage and the draft form has been released to the public for comment. Please see the notice at the top of this page for the latest information.
Lava Ridge Project Resources
Briefing Document by Dan Sakura
Read more from Dan Sakura as he and the Team explain the impact of the project:
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lava Ridge Information Sheet
Briefly explains the Lava Ridge Wind Project and the BLM process:
What is an Environmental Impact Statement?
Read the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s explanation here: https://www.epa.gov/nepa/national-environmental-policy-act-review-process
Resources About Minidoka
Mindoka Foundation Document
Details the National Historic Site:
Friends of Minidoka