Corps seeks sanbar input

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today the release of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mechanical Creation and Maintenance of Emergent Sandbar Habitat on the Riverine Segments of the Upper Missouri River.  

The comment period will be open through Jan. 21, 2011.  Public meetings will take place in December 2010 and January 2011.  

The Corps has scheduled public involvement meetings in Bismarck, N.D., Fort Peck, Mont., Pierre, Yankton, Sioux City, Iowa, Omaha, Neb., and Kansas City, Mo.

The Pierre, Yankton and Sioux City meeting details are as follows:

• Tuesday, Dec. 7: Pierre, Best Western Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, 920 W. Sioux Avenue, Pierre, SD.  57501.  

• Wednesday, December 8: Yankton, Riverfront Event Center, 121 W. 3rd Street, Yankton, SD.  57078.

• Thursday, Dec. 9: Sioux City, IA, Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center, 300 3rd Street, Sioux City, IA.  51101.

The Tentative schedule at the ESH PEIS public meetings: 5 to 6:15 p.m. open house; 6:15 to 7 p.m. presentation;7 to 8:00 p.m. questions/comments/more open house.
For further information and/or questions about the Emergent Sandbar Habitat Programmatic EIS, please contact Ms. Cynthia Upah, project manager, by telephone:  (402) 995-2672, by mail: 1616 Capitol Avenue, Omaha, NE 68102-4901, or by email: Cynthia.s.upah@usace.army.mil.  

Information about the Emergent Sandbar Habitat Programmatic EIS is available online at: http://www.moriverrecovery.org/mrrp/mrrp_pub_dev.download_documentation_esh and at the following area community libraries:  Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, Yankton; and Sioux City Public Library, 529 Pierce Street, Sioux City, IA.   

Written comments regarding the draft should be sent to:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District; CENWO-PM-AC; ATTN: Emergent Sandbar Habitat Programmatic EIS; 1616 Capitol Avenue; Omaha, NE 68102-4901.  Comments can also be emailed to:  Cynthia.s.upah@usace.army.mil.  Comments on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Mechanical Creation and Maintenance of Emergent Sandbar Habitat in the Riverine Segments of the Upper Missouri River must be postmarked, emailed, or otherwise submitted no later than Jan. 21, 2011.

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