Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project, Dawson County, Montana, 72788-72790 [2016-25375]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 72788 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2016 / Notices Carolina. The proposed JOT would be located across the Savannah River from Elba Island, Georgia, and would increase the region’s capacity to efficiently handle the forecasted cargo. The proposed JOT would include a pile supported wharf designed to accommodate Neo-Panamax containerships, a container storage yard, an intermodal rail yard, gate facilities to process entering and existing over the road truck traffic, administrative buildings, and equipment service facilities. The proposed JOT would also include elements common to other types of industrial sites, such as a water tower, underground utilities, electrical substations, backup generators, highmast lighting, stormwater management facilities, perimeter fencing, and parking areas for employees and other personal vehicles. Proposed transportation and utility improvements that would serve the proposed JOT include a 4-lane divided highway to connect the JOT to U.S. Highway 17, a double track rail corridor to connect the JOT’s intermodal rail yard to existing CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern rail lines, a new rail bridge across the Savannah River, and utility lines and intermediary facilities to connect to existing services (water, sewer, electricity, etc). Likewise, navigation improvements associated with the proposed JOT include new work and maintenance dredging of berths, an access channel, and a turning basin to provide vessel access to the terminal, and shoreline stabilization, bulkhead, and wharf construction adjacent to the existing Savannah Harbor federal navigation channel. According to the JOT Joint Venture, a separate feasibility study will evaluate the costs and benefits of modifications to the existing Savannah Harbor Federal navigation channel. Should this feasibility study or the Corps’ analysis of the proposed JOT determine that modifications to the federal navigation channel are required to operate the proposed marine container terminal, potential impacts to the human and natural environment (e.g., aquatic resources) associated with any navigational improvements will be evaluated and included in the EIS for the proposed JOT. 2. Alternatives. A range of reasonable alternatives to the proposed action will be identified, and fully evaluated in the EIS, including: The No-Action Alternative, the applicant’s proposed alternative, and alternatives that may result in avoidance and minimization of impacts; however, this list in not exclusive and additional alternatives may be considered for inclusion. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:06 Oct 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 3. Scoping and Public Involvement Process. A scoping meeting will be conducted to gather information on the scope of the project and the alternatives to be addressed in the EIS. Additional public and agency involvement will be sought through the implementation of a public involvement plan and agency coordination. 4. Significant issues. Issues and potential impacts associated with the proposed JOT that are likely to be given detailed analysis in the EIS include, but are not necessarily limited to: Existing and proposed transportation infrastructure (roadways and railways), waters of the United States, air quality, noise, light, Environmental Justice, visual resources/aesthetics, general environmental concerns, cultural resources, fish and wildlife values, protected species, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, recreation, water quality, hazardous materials and solid waste, socioeconomics, safety, and in general, the needs and welfare of the people. 5. Additional Review and Consultation. Additional review and consultation, which will be incorporated into the preparation of the EIS, will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, Section 14 of the RHA; Section 401 of the CWA; Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultation requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; the Endangered Species Act; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act; National Historic Preservation Act; and the South Carolina Coastal Zone Management Act. 6. Availability of the Draft EIS. At this time, the Corps expects the Draft EIS to be made available to the public in late fall/winter 2020. A Public Hearing will be held during the public comment period for the Draft EIS. Matthew W. Luzzatto, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District. [FR Doc. 2016–25519 Filed 10–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project, Dawson County, Montana Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD; Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Reclamation, as joint lead agencies, have prepared and made available the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS). The Final EIS analyzes and discloses potential effects associated with the proposed Federal action to improve passage for endangered pallid sturgeon and other native fish at Intake Diversion Dam in the lower Yellowstone River while continuing the effective and viable operation of the Lower Yellowstone Project. SUMMARY: The Corps and Reclamation will not issue a final decision on the proposed action until at least 30 days after the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes notice of availability of the Final EIS. After the Final EIS has been available for 30 days, the Corps and Reclamation may complete a Record of Decision. The Record of Decision will state the action that the Corps and Reclamation select for implementation and will discuss factors considered in the decision. ADDRESSES: The Final EIS may be viewed on Reclamation’s Web site at www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/ loweryellowstone. Send requests for copies of the Final EIS to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, ATTN: CENWO–PM–AA, 1616 Capitol Ave. Omaha, NE 68102; or email to cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for locations where copies of the Final EIS are available for public review. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Tiffany Vanosdall, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1616 Capitol Ave. Omaha, NE 68102, or tiffany.k.vanosdall@ usace.army.mil. DATES: The Corps and Reclamation are issuing this notice SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2016 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA, 43 CFR parts 1500 through 1508; the Department of the Interior’s NEPA regulations, 43 CFR part 46. Background Information Reclamation’s Lower Yellowstone Project is located in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. Intake Diversion Dam is located approximately 70 miles upstream of the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers near Glendive, Montana. The Lower Yellowstone Project was authorized by the Secretary of the Interior on May 10, 1904. Construction of the Lower Yellowstone Project began in 1905 and included Intake Diversion Dam (also known as Yellowstone River Diversion Dam)—a wood and stone diversion dam that spans the Yellowstone River and diverts water into the Main Canal for irrigation. The Lower Yellowstone Project was authorized to provide a dependable water supply sufficient to irrigate approximately 54,000 acres of land on the benches above the west bank of the Yellowstone River. Water is also supplied to irrigate approximately 830 acres in the Intake Irrigation Project and 2,200 acres in the Savage Unit. The average annual volume of water diverted for these projects is 327,046 acre-feet. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) listed the pallid sturgeon as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1990. Best available science suggests Intake Diversion Dam impedes upstream migration of pallid sturgeon and their access to spawning and larval drift habitats. The lower Yellowstone River is considered by the Service to provide one of the best opportunities for recovery of pallid sturgeon. Section 7(a)(2) requires each Federal agency to consult on any action authorized, funded, or carried out by the agency to ensure it does not jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species. Reclamation has been in formal consultation with the Service to identify potential conservation measures to minimize adverse effects to pallid sturgeon associated with continued operation of the Lower Yellowstone Project. The Pallid Sturgeon Recovery Plan specifically identifies providing passage at Intake Diversion Dam to protect and restore pallid sturgeon populations. By providing passage at VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:06 Oct 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 Intake Diversion Dam, approximately 165 river miles of spawning and larval drift habitat would become accessible in the Yellowstone River. Section 3109 of the 2007 Water Resources Development Act authorizes the Corps to use funding from the Missouri River Recovery and Mitigation Program to assist Reclamation in the design and construction of Reclamation’s Lower Yellowstone Project at Intake, Montana for the purpose of ecosystem restoration. Planning and construction of the Intake Project is a Reasonable and Prudent Alternative for the Corps in the 2003 Missouri River Amended Biological Opinion as amended by letter exchange in 2009, 2010, and 2013. The Reclamation Act/Newlands Act of 1902 (Pub. L. 161) authorizes Reclamation to construct and maintain the facilities associated with the Lower Yellowstone Project, which includes actions or modifications necessary to comply with Federal law such as the ESA. Analysis in the Final EIS serves to support a decision on the selection of an alternative. Current and past project information and analyses can be accessed at: www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/ loweryellowstone. The Corps and Reclamation are joint lead Federal agencies for the NEPA analysis process and preparation of the Final EIS. The Corps is the administrative lead for NEPA compliance activities during the preparation of the Final EIS. State, Federal, and local agencies with specialized expertise or jurisdictional responsibilities are participating as cooperating agencies. Cooperating agencies include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Western Area Power Administration; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; and the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project. The purpose of the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project is to improve passage for the endangered pallid sturgeon while continuing the effective and viable operation of the Lower Yellowstone Project, and contribute to ecosystem restoration. The Final EIS discloses the analysis of six alternatives, including a No Action Alternative. The No Action Alternative would continue the ongoing operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the Lower Yellowstone Project including diversion up to 1,374 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water through the screened headworks; rocking of the weir as needed to continue diversions during low flow periods; routine maintenance PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72789 of the headworks, weir, and irrigation distribution facilities and pumps; rehabilitation of the trolley; and associated activities to comply with state and Federal law. The Rock Ramp Alternative includes abandonment of the existing weir in place; construction of a new concrete weir and shallow sloped rock ramp to improve instream fish passage; maintenance of the new weir and rock ramp, continued diversion up to 1,374 cfs through the screened headworks; and continued operation and maintenance of the irrigation distribution facilities and supplemental pumps. The Bypass Channel Alternative (Preferred Alternative) includes abandonment of the existing weir in place; construction of a new concrete weir; construction, operation, and maintenance of a two-mile long bypass channel for fish passage around the weir; placement of fill in the upstream portion of existing side channel for stabilization; continued diversion up to 1,374 cfs through the screened headworks; and continued operation and maintenance of the irrigation distribution facilities and supplemental pumps. The Modified Side Channel Alternative includes operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the existing weir and trolley; construction, operation, and maintenance of a 4.5mile long bypass channel created by modifying the existing high-flow channel for fish passage around the weir; continued diversion up to 1,374 cfs through the screened headworks; construction, operation, and maintenance of an access bridge spanning the high-flow bypass channel; and continued operation and maintenance of the irrigation distribution facilities and supplemental pumps. The Multiple Pump Alternative includes the construction, operation, and maintenance of 5 screened surface pumping stations; removal of the existing weir; improved power infrastructure to increase capacity; land acquisition as necessary for power infrastructure and pump stations; continued diversion up to 1,374 cfs through the screened headworks and pumps as needed; and continued operation and maintenance of the irrigation distribution facilities and supplemental pumps. The Multiple Pumps with Conservation Measures Alternative includes the construction, operation, and maintenance of seven pumping stations each with six Ranney Wells (total of 42 Ranney Wells); removal of E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 72790 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2016 / Notices the existing weir; construction, operation, and maintenance of wind turbines and infrastructure to provide power to pumping stations; land acquisition as necessary for power infrastructure and pump stations; diversion up to 608 cfs through the screened headworks or by pumping depending upon river flow; reconstruction of the Main Canal; installation of water conservation measures such as conversion of flood irrigation to sprinkler, lining canals, and piping laterals; and continued operation and maintenance of the irrigation distribution facilities and supplemental pumps. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on June 3, 2016 (81 FR 35754). The comment period for the Draft EIS ended on July 28, 2016. Public meetings on the Draft EIS were held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., in Sidney, MT; Wednesday, June 29, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., in Glendive, MT; and Thursday, June 30, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., in Billings, MT. The Final EIS contains responses to all comments received and reflects comments and any additional information received during the review period. Copies of the Final EIS are available for public review at the following locations: 1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1616 Capitol Ave., Omaha, NE 68102. 2. Bureau of Reclamation, Great Plains Region, 2021 4th Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101. 3. Bureau of Reclamation, Montana Area Office, 2900 4th Avenue North, #303, Billings, MT 59101. 4. Sidney Public Library, 121 3rd Avenue NW., Sidney, MT 59270. 5. Glendive Public Library, 200 S. Kendrick Avenue, Glendive, MT 59330. 6. Billings Public Library, 510 N. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation


Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage 
Project, Dawson County, Montana

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD; 
Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Reclamation, as 
joint lead agencies, have prepared and made available the Lower 
Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS). The Final EIS analyzes and 
discloses potential effects associated with the proposed Federal action 
to improve passage for endangered pallid sturgeon and other native fish 
at Intake Diversion Dam in the lower Yellowstone River while continuing 
the effective and viable operation of the Lower Yellowstone Project.

DATES: The Corps and Reclamation will not issue a final decision on the 
proposed action until at least 30 days after the date that the 
Environmental Protection Agency publishes notice of availability of the 
Final EIS. After the Final EIS has been available for 30 days, the 
Corps and Reclamation may complete a Record of Decision. The Record of 
Decision will state the action that the Corps and Reclamation select 
for implementation and will discuss factors considered in the decision.

ADDRESSES: The Final EIS may be viewed on Reclamation's Web site at 
www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/loweryellowstone. Send requests for copies of the 
Final EIS to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, ATTN: CENWO-
PM-AA, 1616 Capitol Ave. Omaha, NE 68102; or email to cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil. See the Supplementary Information section for 
locations where copies of the Final EIS are available for public 
review.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Tiffany Vanosdall, U.S. Army Corps 
of Engineers, 1616 Capitol Ave. Omaha, NE 68102, or 
tiffany.k.vanosdall@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Corps and Reclamation are issuing this 
notice

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pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act 
of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; the Council on 
Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations for implementing the 
procedural provisions of NEPA, 43 CFR parts 1500 through 1508; the 
Department of the Interior's NEPA regulations, 43 CFR part 46.

Background Information

    Reclamation's Lower Yellowstone Project is located in eastern 
Montana and western North Dakota. Intake Diversion Dam is located 
approximately 70 miles upstream of the confluence of the Yellowstone 
and Missouri rivers near Glendive, Montana. The Lower Yellowstone 
Project was authorized by the Secretary of the Interior on May 10, 
1904. Construction of the Lower Yellowstone Project began in 1905 and 
included Intake Diversion Dam (also known as Yellowstone River 
Diversion Dam)--a wood and stone diversion dam that spans the 
Yellowstone River and diverts water into the Main Canal for irrigation. 
The Lower Yellowstone Project was authorized to provide a dependable 
water supply sufficient to irrigate approximately 54,000 acres of land 
on the benches above the west bank of the Yellowstone River. Water is 
also supplied to irrigate approximately 830 acres in the Intake 
Irrigation Project and 2,200 acres in the Savage Unit. The average 
annual volume of water diverted for these projects is 327,046 acre-
feet.
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) listed the pallid 
sturgeon as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1990. 
Best available science suggests Intake Diversion Dam impedes upstream 
migration of pallid sturgeon and their access to spawning and larval 
drift habitats. The lower Yellowstone River is considered by the 
Service to provide one of the best opportunities for recovery of pallid 
sturgeon.
    Section 7(a)(2) requires each Federal agency to consult on any 
action authorized, funded, or carried out by the agency to ensure it 
does not jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or 
threatened species. Reclamation has been in formal consultation with 
the Service to identify potential conservation measures to minimize 
adverse effects to pallid sturgeon associated with continued operation 
of the Lower Yellowstone Project. The Pallid Sturgeon Recovery Plan 
specifically identifies providing passage at Intake Diversion Dam to 
protect and restore pallid sturgeon populations. By providing passage 
at Intake Diversion Dam, approximately 165 river miles of spawning and 
larval drift habitat would become accessible in the Yellowstone River.
    Section 3109 of the 2007 Water Resources Development Act authorizes 
the Corps to use funding from the Missouri River Recovery and 
Mitigation Program to assist Reclamation in the design and construction 
of Reclamation's Lower Yellowstone Project at Intake, Montana for the 
purpose of ecosystem restoration. Planning and construction of the 
Intake Project is a Reasonable and Prudent Alternative for the Corps in 
the 2003 Missouri River Amended Biological Opinion as amended by letter 
exchange in 2009, 2010, and 2013. The Reclamation Act/Newlands Act of 
1902 (Pub. L. 161) authorizes Reclamation to construct and maintain the 
facilities associated with the Lower Yellowstone Project, which 
includes actions or modifications necessary to comply with Federal law 
such as the ESA.
    Analysis in the Final EIS serves to support a decision on the 
selection of an alternative. Current and past project information and 
analyses can be accessed at: www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/loweryellowstone.
    The Corps and Reclamation are joint lead Federal agencies for the 
NEPA analysis process and preparation of the Final EIS. The Corps is 
the administrative lead for NEPA compliance activities during the 
preparation of the Final EIS. State, Federal, and local agencies with 
specialized expertise or jurisdictional responsibilities are 
participating as cooperating agencies. Cooperating agencies include the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Western Area Power Administration; 
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Montana Department of Natural 
Resources and Conservation; and the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation 
Project.
    The purpose of the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish 
Passage Project is to improve passage for the endangered pallid 
sturgeon while continuing the effective and viable operation of the 
Lower Yellowstone Project, and contribute to ecosystem restoration. The 
Final EIS discloses the analysis of six alternatives, including a No 
Action Alternative.
    The No Action Alternative would continue the ongoing operations, 
maintenance, and rehabilitation of the Lower Yellowstone Project 
including diversion up to 1,374 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water 
through the screened headworks; rocking of the weir as needed to 
continue diversions during low flow periods; routine maintenance of the 
headworks, weir, and irrigation distribution facilities and pumps; 
rehabilitation of the trolley; and associated activities to comply with 
state and Federal law.
    The Rock Ramp Alternative includes abandonment of the existing weir 
in place; construction of a new concrete weir and shallow sloped rock 
ramp to improve instream fish passage; maintenance of the new weir and 
rock ramp, continued diversion up to 1,374 cfs through the screened 
headworks; and continued operation and maintenance of the irrigation 
distribution facilities and supplemental pumps.
    The Bypass Channel Alternative (Preferred Alternative) includes 
abandonment of the existing weir in place; construction of a new 
concrete weir; construction, operation, and maintenance of a two-mile 
long bypass channel for fish passage around the weir; placement of fill 
in the upstream portion of existing side channel for stabilization; 
continued diversion up to 1,374 cfs through the screened headworks; and 
continued operation and maintenance of the irrigation distribution 
facilities and supplemental pumps.
    The Modified Side Channel Alternative includes operation, 
maintenance, and rehabilitation of the existing weir and trolley; 
construction, operation, and maintenance of a 4.5-mile long bypass 
channel created by modifying the existing high-flow channel for fish 
passage around the weir; continued diversion up to 1,374 cfs through 
the screened headworks; construction, operation, and maintenance of an 
access bridge spanning the high-flow bypass channel; and continued 
operation and maintenance of the irrigation distribution facilities and 
supplemental pumps.
    The Multiple Pump Alternative includes the construction, operation, 
and maintenance of 5 screened surface pumping stations; removal of the 
existing weir; improved power infrastructure to increase capacity; land 
acquisition as necessary for power infrastructure and pump stations; 
continued diversion up to 1,374 cfs through the screened headworks and 
pumps as needed; and continued operation and maintenance of the 
irrigation distribution facilities and supplemental pumps.
    The Multiple Pumps with Conservation Measures Alternative includes 
the construction, operation, and maintenance of seven pumping stations 
each with six Ranney Wells (total of 42 Ranney Wells); removal of

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the existing weir; construction, operation, and maintenance of wind 
turbines and infrastructure to provide power to pumping stations; land 
acquisition as necessary for power infrastructure and pump stations; 
diversion up to 608 cfs through the screened headworks or by pumping 
depending upon river flow; reconstruction of the Main Canal; 
installation of water conservation measures such as conversion of flood 
irrigation to sprinkler, lining canals, and piping laterals; and 
continued operation and maintenance of the irrigation distribution 
facilities and supplemental pumps.
    A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS was published in the 
Federal Register on June 3, 2016 (81 FR 35754). The comment period for 
the Draft EIS ended on July 28, 2016. Public meetings on the Draft EIS 
were held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., in Sidney, 
MT; Wednesday, June 29, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., in Glendive, MT; and 
Thursday, June 30, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., in Billings, MT. The 
Final EIS contains responses to all comments received and reflects 
comments and any additional information received during the review 
period.
    Copies of the Final EIS are available for public review at the 
following locations:
    1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1616 Capitol Ave., Omaha, NE 
68102.
    2. Bureau of Reclamation, Great Plains Region, 2021 4th Avenue 
North, Billings, MT 59101.
    3. Bureau of Reclamation, Montana Area Office, 2900 4th Avenue 
North, #303, Billings, MT 59101.
    4. Sidney Public Library, 121 3rd Avenue NW., Sidney, MT 59270.
    5. Glendive Public Library, 200 S. Kendrick Avenue, Glendive, MT 
59330.
    6. Billings Public Library, 510 N. Broadway, Billings, MT 59101.

Public Disclosure Statement

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or any 
other personal identifying information in any communication, you should 
be aware that your entire communication--including your personal 
identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time. 
While you can request in your communication to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so.

John W. Henderson,
Colonel, Corps of Engineers, District Commander.
Michael J. Ryan,
Regional Director, Great Plains Region, Bureau of Reclamation.
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