The Dalles Municipal Airport Access Road Project

In 2007, Plateau completed a cultural resource survey for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who proposed to construct a 0.25-mile access road between an existing localizer equipment shed and signal monitoring points on The Dalles Municipal Airport. The proposed road would utilize an existing two-track road, and limited earthwork (i.e., grading, placement of a gravel bed, and placement of geotextile fabric) was proposed to enhance this road. This was a federally funded project and as such is subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (amended), and it’s implementing regulations, 36CFR Part 800.

The Columbia River, located directly south of The Dalles, and its uplands are important Native American environmental features as exemplified by the numerous ethnographic place names and archaeolgoical resources in the vicinity of the airport. Survey of the proposed undertaking and immediate vicity resulted in the recordation of a Native American lithic scatter. Plateau recommended further investigations at the site to determine eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places, and that the site be monitored by a professional archaeologist during ground disturbing activities.

Location: Klickitat County, Washington

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