NRCS designed and administed the construction of the earthen dam, which will create Okhissa Lake.
Over 35 agencies and entities are involved with the dam, recreation and fisheries of Okhissa Lake Project. Utilizing partners has ensured "ownership" and the needed long-term support of this project. Challenges were identified and partners solicited to hlep address the issues.
Challenges have included land exchanges, mineral exploration within the lake site, water and sewar infrastructure, roads into and within the recreation site and lack of immediate fish habitat due to steep terrain and lack of rock within itn lake site.
To overcome barriers, expedite timeframes and facilitate implementation, the Forest Service will utilize a private partner, through a special use permit to construct, maintain and operate the recreation facilities surrounding Okhissa Dam and Lake.