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Public Comment Period Open on LYIP Intake Fish Passage Project EIS

 


Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project faces another hurdle with public comment on the Intake Diversion Dam Fish Project Environmental Impact Statement.

The draft EIS is now available through Reclamation’s Lower Yellowstone Project Website: http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/loweryellowstone/index.html. The public comment period opened on Friday, June 3, 2016 when the Environmental Protection Agency published the Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register. The public comment period will run until July 28, 2016.

Three public meetings were held: Tuesday, June 28, Richland County Event Center, Sidney Wednesday, June 29, Dawson County High School Auditorium, Glendive and Thursday, June 30, Lincoln Center, Billings.

Comments can be submitted three ways: handwritten or verbal at a public meeting; email: cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil or by mail to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, Attn: CENWO-PM-AA, 1616 Capitol Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68102.

The Corps and Reclamation are serving as joint lead federal agencies in the preparation of the EIS which analyzes six alternatives: no action, rock ramp, bypass channel, modified side channel, multiple pump, and multiple pumps with conservation measures. The Corps and Reclamation have identified the Bypass Channel Alternative as the Preferred Alternative.

All public comments will be reviewed by the Corps and Reclamation and will be included in the final EIS.

 

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