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Posted 6/10/2016

Release no. 20160610-001


Contact
Tom O'Hara
402-995-2417
thomas.a.ohara@usace.army.mil

or

Tiffany Vanosdall
402-995-2695
tiffany.k.vanosdall@usace.army.mil

OMAHA, NE – A third public meeting has been scheduled to solicit comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project. The draft EIS analyzes potential effects associated with the proposed action to improve fish passage for pallid sturgeon and other native fish at the Intake Diversion Dam, continue the viable and effective operation of the Lower Yellowstone Project, and contribute to ecosystem restoration.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, joint lead agencies, will provide a presentation of the draft EIS and accept comments at the public meetings. The meetings will be held:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Richland County Fair Event Center
5th St. SW, Sidney, MT

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Dawson County High School Auditorium
900 N. Merrill Avenue, Glendive, MT

Thursday, June 30, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Lincoln Center
415 N 30th St., Billings, MT

The doors will open for registration at 5:30 p.m. Each meeting will begin with a formal presentation at 6:00 p.m. to provide the public with information developed during the preparation of the draft EIS, impacts to the environment, fiscal impacts and regulatory requirements. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for public comment at the meeting.

The public is encouraged to provide comments on the draft EIS at the meeting or by mail to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, Attn: CENWO-PM-AA; 1616 Capitol Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68102 or emailed to cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil. Comments must be postmarked or received by July 18, 2016.

All meeting facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals needing special assistance to attend or participate should contact Tiffany Vanosdall no later than one week before the public meetings.

The public meeting dates or locations may change based on inclement weather or exceptional circumstances. If the meeting date or location is changed, USACE and Reclamation will issue a press release and post it on the web at:  www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/loweryellowstone and www.nwo.usace.army.mil to announce the updated meeting details.

For more information about the project visit: www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/loweryellowstone.

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