Kamiah, Idaho -- On Wednesday, September 29, 1999 Mayor Bob Olive and an extensive partnership of local businesses, tribal officials and government agencies will meet in the Kamiah Elementary School multipurpose room to kick off Kamiah's Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities initiative. "Kamiah, like many communities throughout our state is built on an alluvial fan, at the base of a steep canyon. We just had to do something about our increased flood risk," said Mayor Olive. "Potential flooding from Lawyer Creek is a top priority. The Project Impact model garners the stakeholder support so crucial in developing a comprehensive Larger Watershed Plan."
David L. de Courcy, FEMA Regional Director and a signatory at Wednesday's Project Impact signing ceremony, agrees. "Project Impact is a national initiative designed to unite the best resources at all levels of government in coalition with local business, industry and civic stakeholders to reduce community vulnerability to natural and man-made disaster," said de Courcy. "This Memorandum of Agreement marks a commitment on the part of key community stakeholders to move on to the 'next level' in terms of damage prevention and preparedness."
Kamiah Project Impact partners include loggers, farmers, ranchers, and lumber mills, construction, and grading companies, as well as representatives from the Nez Perce Tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Resources Conservation Service, and a host of State agencies and departments.