ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is extending the public comment period for its draft Environmental Assessment for its Lower Pool 4 dredged material management plan until July 14.
The Corps decided to extend the public comment period after listening to community concerns about its draft plan. The new deadline allows more time for the public to understand the document and provide alternative suggestions.
The draft plan outlines Corps’ requirement to remove and permanently place more than 10 million cubic yards of dredged material from the Mississippi River’s Lower Pool 4 during the next 40 years. The plan, once finalized, will serve as the framework for maintaining the 9-foot navigation channel. The Corps will continue working with its federal, state and local partners to explore opportunities to reduce costs associated with maintaining the channel as well as minimizing impacts to the communities.
The draft plan was originally released May 11 with a public comment period thru June 9. The comment period was then extended thru June 23. With the new extension, the comment period will now remain open thru July 14. Questions and comments concerning the project should be directed to Bob Edstrom, Corps project manager, at Robert.K.Edstrom@usace.army.mil. Please address all correspondence on this project to the St. Paul District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attention: Project Management, 180 5th St. E., Suite 700, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-1678.
This project requires a review of environmental effects under the National Environmental Policy Act. A copy of the draft document is being coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state resource agencies as a part of this public review process. A final determination will be made following the public review period. The draft Environmental Assessment can be viewed and downloaded at: www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/PublicNotices.aspx.
The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.