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Draft Programmatic EA for PL 84-99 levee repairs available for comment

Published Feb. 3, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. – A draft programmatic environmental assessment to evaluate the impacts of implementing structural repairs, under Public Law 84-99, to levees damaged during devastating flooding in March 2019 is currently available for review. Comments on the draft programmatic EA must be postmarked or received by March 4, 2020. 


Throughout the Midwest, widespread flooding in March 2019 resulted in damage to over 30 levee systems and 32 full levee breaches along the Missouri River and its tributaries in the Omaha District’s area of responsibility. This programmatic EA evaluates the potential impacts of repairing damaged levees back to their pre-flood condition, through structural solutions, under PL 84-99. Structural solutions could include in-line repairs, small-scale and large-scale levee setbacks.


The public is encouraged to provide comments on the draft programmatic 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: Dave Crane, PL 84-99 PEA; 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 March 4, 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. 20-015