Notice of Availability of a Draft Integrated System Investment Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Ohio River Mainstem System Study
a. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is seeking comments on a draft System Investment Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SIP/PEIS) that evaluates alternative investment strategies for the maintenance of commercial navigation infrastructure along with the ecosystem sustainability needs on the Ohio River System for the next 60 years. b. The primary purpose of the Ohio River Mainstem Systems Study (ORMSS) is to develop the best SIP for maintaining safe, environmentally sustainable, and reliable navigation on the Ohio River over a 60-year period from 2010 to 2070. The study evaluated the operation and maintenance, rehabilitation, and construction reinvestment needs at the 19 navigation lock and dam sites on the Ohio River Mainstem. The study reports on five plans for meeting these needs based on five different traffic forecast scenarios. The future reliable operation of these structures is critical to the continued growth in commercial navigation throughout the Ohio River basin. In response to stakeholder input, the study purpose was modified to include the identification of measures to improve ecological sustainability to provide a balance between economic and environmental improvements. c. In order to facilitate review, the Corps will be conducting six public meetings along the Ohio River to solicit comments on its proposed plan. (See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for dates, times and locations). d. The Corps will be providing copies of the SIP/PEIS at numerous locations for review by the public. (See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for locations). e. The review and comment period for this draft document will be 60 days.
Intent To Prepare a Real Estate Supplement/Third Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (RES/SEIS) to the Final SEIS on Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park, Tamiami Trail Feature, Miami-Dade County, FL, November 2005
In November 2005, the Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued a Final 2nd Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Tamiami Trail feature of the Modified Water Deliveries (MWD) project to Everglades National Park in Miami- Dade County, FL. That SEIS assumed that the National Park Service (NPS) would acquire the necessary real estate interests in seven privately- owned parcels of land adjacent to the south side of Tamiami Trail to avoid flooding impacts after the Tamiami Trail project was constructed and ecosystem restoration water flows were directed south into Everglades National Park. It is now concluded that the NPS will be unable to complete the acquisition of real estate rights in time to meet the overall schedule of the MWD project. The Corps now proposes to take over responsibility for the acquisition and address the related impacts in a supplement to the previous SEIS.
Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Residential, Commercial, and Marine Development Along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
The Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to address the potential impacts associated with mixed-use waterfront development along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Baldwin County, AL, specifically the stretch known as the ``Foley Land Cut''. The Corps will be evaluating 14 separate permit applications for the proposed work under the authority of Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The EIS will be used as a basis for ensuring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).