posted by Missouri River Relief - Dec. 21, 2016
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on a revised management plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Missouri River Recovery Program, intended to help the recovery of three endangered species – the pallid sturgeon, the piping plover and the interior least tern.
This massive document, which provides alternatives to Missouri River management in order to comply with the Endangered Species Act, was released last week, along with a schedule of public meetings and a public comment period. The proposed plan utilizes Adaptive Management to allow managers to more quickly adopt changes based on what the latest science reveals.
Despite the staggering size of the series of documents associated with the DEIS (2,300 + pages), the public comment period is 70 days (ending February 27, 2017). At least one group, the “Coalition to Protect the Missouri River” (an industry group based in Missouri) is petitioning the Corp of Engineers to extend the public comment period.
There will be public meetings throughout the basin in February.