Community meeting to focus on BPA project

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One of the citizen groups raising concerns over a proposed transmission line project through Clark and Cowlitz counties will host a community meeting this Saturday in Amboy.

The Bonneville Power Administration is planning a 500-kilovolt transmission line intended to ease a strained Northwest power grid. The project is expected to cost $317 million to $407 million, depend on which route is chosen. BPA has floated four main options, plus several variations from them, stretching from Castle Rock to Troutdale, Ore.

Citizen group A Better Way for BPA will hold the Saturday meeting to focus on BPA’s “crossover” alternative -- a route that would travel south through Cowlitz County, cross into Clark County near Lake Merwin, passing to the east of Amboy and Yacolt before crossing the Columbia River at Camas.

The meeting will cover the private property impacts of that route and landowner rights, according to A Better Way for BPA chair Cheryl Brantley.

The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Mt. Valley Grange, 40107 NE 221st Ave. in Amboy.