A defined area immediately upstream of the dam. When the Project is operated, water would be temporarily detained in the staging area to minimize impacts downstream. The staging area encompasses the area where the Project increases the100-year flood water surface elevation by approximately one foot or more over existing conditions and encroachment must be prevented to preserve operability of the Project. The staging area is a Project component that is being used as a management tool for land use/development and application of mitigation by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), such as property acquisition, easements, and programmatic agreements, and it does not constitute the total area affected by Project operation.

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