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Posted 2/22/2017

Release no. 17-020

Omaha District Public Affairs

OMAHA, Neb. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is canceling the Big Bend Master Plan public meeting that had been scheduled for February 23, 2017, from 6-7:30 p.m. due to projected winter weather conditions around the Fort Thompson/Chamberlain, South Dakota, area. The Corps plans on hosting a rescheduled meeting in early March; additional information will be posted when details have been solidified. The comment period has been extended to March 27, 2017.

A master plan is the basic document guiding USACE responsibilities pursuant to Federal laws to preserve, conserve, restore, maintain, manage, and develop a project’s lands, waters, and associated resources. It includes a description of project resources, a discussion of factors influencing resource management and development and a strategy for managing project resources to meet the needs of the public and wildlife.

In the first phase (initial scoping), the Corps will collect information on past management activities, regional economic & demographic trends, recreation demands and opportunities, stakeholder needs and desires, and environmental concerns. This information will help form the building blocks of the revision effort and is critical to the development and consideration of alternative management strategies within the revised Master Plan.

The public is encouraged to provide input & comments by mail to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, Attn: CENWO-OD-TN; 1616 Capitol Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68102.

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