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Public comment sought for proposed improvements around River’s Edge North in Council Bluffs, Iowa

USACE Omaha District
Published Dec. 20, 2023

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District is soliciting comments regarding proposed improvements in River’s Edge North near L-627 Missouri River Left Bank Federal levee Flood Risk Reduction Project, operated and maintained by the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

In compliance with Section 10, Rivers and Harbors Act 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403), for work in or affecting navigable waters of the United States, Southwest Iowa Nonprofit for Collective Impact (Requestor) has requested permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for an alteration public access to the Missouri River riverfront near Council Bluffs, Iowa at Sections 28, 29, 32, and 33, Township 75 North, Range 44 West, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

The City of Council Bluffs, in coordination with Southwest Iowa Nonprofit for Collective Impact (SINC) is proposing improvements in River’s Edge North are to include a treetop walk (an elevated walkway approximately 2,520 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 18 feet above ground) with a connection to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, an observation tower with restrooms, utility connections, and an emergency access roadway (16-foot-wide paved roadway) with drainage ditches on each side of the road for its entire length. The walkway would be lit from an electrical connection off the pedestrian bridge. The connection would extend to the observation tower and restrooms for lighting of those features. Sanitary sewer and potable water lines would be extended from existing utilities near the west end of Avenue D, across the L627 Levee to the observation tower. A 12-foot-wide gravel emergency access road in River’s Edge North would provide access to the tower complex. Only project elements that would alter the Federal Project are within the scope of review for the Section 408 permission to request.

For additional information, visit: https://usace.contentdm.oclc.org/utils/getfile/collection/p16021coll15/id/4289

SUBMITTING COMMENTS: Comments pertaining to this public notice must be submitted via email or conventional mail on or before January 9, 2024, and must include the 408 Reference Number above. All comments received will become part of the administrative record and are subject to public release under the Freedom of Information Act, including personally identifiable information such as names, phone numbers, and addresses.

All email comments should be sent to: section408nwo@usace.army.mil

Conventional mail comments should be sent to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Nebraska Regulatory Office – Wehrspann 

8901 South 154th Street, Suite 2 

Omaha, NE 68138-3621


Release no. 23-043