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Draft EA for emergency repairs along the Platte River bank in Nebraska available for public comment

Published Dec. 5, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking comments on a draft environmental assessment for a proposed breach repair along the Platte River bank just upstream of the confluence with the Missouri River near Plattsmouth. This repair is an emergency action in response to damage caused during the March 2019 flood event. 

Repairs would include placing a rock dike along the embankment for stabilization and then filling the breach with sand. If left unrepaired, continued growth of the breach has the potential to cut off the Platte River and cause a shift of the confluence with the Missouri River. This shift would cause unstable navigation channel depths, considerable Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project expense to stabilize the new confluence, sediment deposition with unknown impacts to river flood levels, and risk to adjacent infrastructure including the city of Plattsmouth water treatment facilities. 

The public is encouraged to provide comments on the draft environmental assessment, which is available for viewing at: www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Planning/Project-Reports/. Comments can be mailed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District; CENWO-PMA-C; ATTN: Aaron Quinn; 1616 Capitol Avenue; Omaha, NE 68102-4901. Comments can also be emailed to: cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil. Comments must be postmarked or received no later than January 3, 2020.

This draft EA is consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1500-1508), the Corps’ regulations for implementing NEPA (33 CFR 325 and Engineering Regulation 200-2-2) and other applicable environmental laws and regulations.

Omaha District Public Affairs

Release no. 19-141