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Public Meeting Scheduled for North Alabama Bend Conceptual Site Plan Development

Published Aug. 1, 2012

OMAHA, Neb. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the University of South Dakota W.H. Over Museum, 1110 Ratingen Street, in Vermillion, SD. The purpose of the meeting is to seek public input on the development of a conceptual site plan for the enhancement of habitat and recreation features at the recently acquired North Alabama Bend property in Clay County, SD.

The public meeting will run from 6 to 8:00 p.m. with a brief opening presentation followed by an open house session. During the open house session, the project team will be available at information stations to answ er questions and gather public input on development of the conceptual site plan.

"The Corps of Engineers purchased North Alabama Bend in June 2009 with funding provided under the Missouri River Recovery Program," said Ruth Bentzinger, environmental resources specialist with the Corps of Engineers. "The property was purchased with the intent of enhancing some of its natural features and ecological functions to provide habitat for native fish and wildlife including threatened and endangered species. An enhanced North Alabama Bend will also provide the public with many recreation and educational outreach benefits."

Input may be submitted during the public meeting or mailed to
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
ATTN: CENWO-PM-AC (Ruth Bentzinger)
1616 Capitol Avenue; Omaha, NE 68102-4901

BACKGROUND: North Alabama Bend is located about two miles southwest of Vermillion, SD along the left descending bank of the Missouri River bet ween river miles 780.0 and 778.5. The site is situated within the 59-mile segment of the Missouri National Recreational River and consists of approximately 546 acres of undeveloped land.


Contact
Maggie Oldham
402-995-2416
margaret.e.oldham@usace.army.mil

Release no. 20120801-002