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Comments sought for Draft EA for repairs near Pottawattamie Co., IA levees

Published Nov. 14, 2014
Levee units 624 and 624-627-611-614 located in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

Levee units 624 and 624-627-611-614 located in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

OMAHA, Neb. – A draft environmental assessment for bankline repairs to levee units 624 and 624-627-611-614 along Mosquito Creek in Pottawattamie County, Iowa is currently available for public review. The draft EA evaluates the environmental impacts of repairing erosion and sloughing damage to the bankline caused by high flows in June 2014.

Levee systems 624 and 624-627-611-614 are located in an urbanized area of Council Bluffs, in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Constant high flows from Mosquito Creek in June 2014 caused erosion and sloughing on portions of the bankline, compromising the integrity of the levee system. Repairs, including excavating sloughed material and re-establishing the bankline through the use of compacted cohesive fill and placing rock riprap, will be completed under the Corps’ PL 84-99 Emergency Levee Rehabilitation Program. The goal is to restore the levee systems to pre-disaster conditions.

The public is encouraged to provide comments on the draft environmental assessment, which is available for viewing at: http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Planning/EnvironmentalPlanning/DraftDocuments.aspx. Comments can be mailed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District; CENWO-PM-AC; ATTN: Mosquito Creek Levees EA; 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 December 15, 2014.

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.

Eileen Williamson
Matthew Vandenberg

Release no. 20141114-001