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Posted 4/13/2018

Release no. 18-030


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Omaha District Public Affairs
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OMAHA, Neb. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, will hold an open house on Thursday, April 26 from 5 to 7p.m. at the Oacoma Community Center, 100 E. 3rd Street in Oacoma, SD to seek comments on potential opportunities to address erosion that is threatening the town of Lower Brule. There will be a brief, formal presentation at 5:30 p.m. 

The purpose of this study is to evaluate alternatives for shoreline protection to reduce the continued loss of land which is threatening the town of Lower Brule’s sewage lagoons, roadways and other infrastructure. This feasibility study is being conducted under authority of Section 203 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2000, as amended, also known as the Tribal Partnership Program. The Tribal Partnership Program is an authority through which the Secretary of Army (acting through the Chief of Engineers) can carry out planning, design, and construction of water resource projects that substantially benefit federally-recognized Indian Tribes. Projects can include flood risk management, environmental restoration and protection, preservation of cultural and natural resources, watershed planning and other technical assistance. 

The open house was originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 3 but due to inclement weather in South Dakota was cancelled. 

Questions about the study or meeting can be directed to Ms. Gwyn Jarrett, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Attn: CENWO-PMA-A, 1616 Capitol Avenue, Omaha, NE 68102 or emailed to gwyn.m.jarrett@usace.army.mil.

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