Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Army Corps of Engineers releases massive Missouri River Draft Adaptive Management Plan and EIS for public comment


Deadline for Public Comment Extended to April 24, 2017

posted by Missouri River Relief - Dec. 21, 2016
(updated Feb. 7, 2017)

 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.

After petitioning from several stakeholder groups, the USACE has extended the comment period from 70 days to 120 days. The new deadline for public comments will be April 24, 2017. 

There will be public meetings throughout the basin in February.

As we dig into this and get a chance to talk to some experts, we will link to more details on this page.

Here’s some links for the DEIS download, associated documents and more information as it becomes available – 

Submit Comments via the Following Methods until April 24, 2017 

Input comments online here.  (preferred method)
Verbal or written comments at the public meetings (locations and schedule below)
OR written comments submitted to: 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
Omaha District 
ATTN: CENWO-PM-AC - Management Plan Comments 
1616 Capitol Avenue 
Omaha, NE 68102 

Schedule of Public Meetings

(find updated schedule here)

Participants are encouraged to attend one of the following meetings to learn more about the MRRMP-EIS and provide feedback to the USACE. 

All meetings are scheduled from 5-8:45 p.m.; the format will consist of an open house from 5–5:45 p.m. followed by a brief presentation and public hearing from 5:45– 8 p.m. Following this, the open house will continue to 8:45 p.m.

Fort Peck, MT --Tuesday, February 7, 2017 
Fort Peck Interpretive Center
Yellowstone Road
Fort Peck, MT 59223

Bismarck, ND --Wednesday, February 8, 2017 
Bismarck State College-National Energy Center of Excellence (Bavendick Ballroom #415)
1500 Edwards Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58506

Pierre, SD – Thursday, February 9, 2017 
Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center 
Galleria B & C 
920 W. Sioux Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501 

Omaha, NE - Tuesday, February 14, 2017 
Thompson Alumni Center – Bootstrapper Hall
6705 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182

Kansas City, MO - Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Hilton - Kansas City Airport
Shawnee B
8801 NW 112th Street
Kansas City, MO 64153 

St. Louis, MO - Thursday, February 16, 2017 
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel – Chesterfield, MO
Ballroom A & B
16625 Swingley Ridge Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Notice is further given to all individuals with disabilities that this meeting is being held in a physically accessible place. Please notify cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil at least 48 hours prior to the meeting if you have special needs for which this department will need to make arrangements.

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