Tuesday, January 31, 2012

St. Louis Army Corps of Engineers gathering public input for River Training Structure assessment

Chevrons are a type of river training structure designed as a
blunt nosed, arch shape. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)
The St. Louis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host two open house events to provide background information and get public feedback on the scope of an Environmental Assessment of New River Training Structures on the Middle Mississippi River.

The two open house events in Alton, IL, and Cape Girardeau, MO, will feature a brief overview of the Corps of Engineers’ river engineering mission, and information stations on River Training Structures with subject matter experts available to answer questions and get public input on what information should be considered in the assessment.

Tuesday, Feb. 7
#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL  62002

Thursday, Feb. 9
Cape Girardeau Nature Center - Multipurpose room
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO  63701

River Training Structures are one of the ways the Corps of Engineers ensures America’s inland waterways are navigable for commerce, along with locks and dams, dredging, and revetments.

The St. Louis District is preparing an Environmental Assessment of new River Training Structures on the Middle Mississippi River (River Miles 195-0). Environmental Assessments are prepared in accord with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to determine the environmental effects of a proposed action. The assessment will determine if there are substantial and relevant considerations or data regarding construction of new River Training Structures that the Corps has not considered to date, and if further study is needed. River construction activities will continue during the Environmental Assessment process.

Public comments may be submitted in person at the open house events or may be submitted electronically to RiverTrainingStructures@usace.army.mil. Information on River Training Structures and the Corps’ navigation mission can be found at the St. Louis District River Engineering web site: http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/arec/riverengineering.html

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