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Public meeting scheduled to discuss recently released Omaha Riverfront Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment

Published Dec. 12, 2019

Omaha, Neb. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a public meeting Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the W. Dale Clark Main Library to gather input on the recently released Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Omaha Riverfront Project. The purpose of the project is to enhance the Omaha riverfront with a variety of active and passive recreational spaces and improve public access to, and connectivity between, these spaces.

The public meeting will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a brief opening presentation beginning at 6 p.m. followed by an open house. The meeting will take place at the W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th Street in Omaha.

Many of the proposed improvements within Heartland of America Park and Lewis and Clark Landing occur within the federal levee critical zone for the flood risk reduction infrastructure under the jurisdiction of the Corps. Consequently, the PEA has been prepared to analyze the cumulative and combined direct and indirect impacts of the full Omaha Riverfront Project. Subsequent to completion of the PEA, as individual design packages are submitted, supplemental or tiered documentation to the PEA would be completed if necessary.

The public is encouraged to provide comments on the Draft PEA, which is available for viewing at: www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Planning/Project-Reports/. Comments can also be submitted at the public meeting or 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 Jan. 30, 2020.

A hard copy of the report will also be available for viewing at the W. Dale Clark Main Library.

This Draft PEA 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. 19-142