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Comments sought on Draft Supplemental EA for repairs to Fawn Island chute

Published July 14, 2015

OMAHA, NE – A draft supplemental environmental assessment for repairs to the Fawn Island chute in Harrison County, Iowa is currently available for public review. The EA evaluates the environmental impacts of repairing damages that occurred to the chute during the 2011 Missouri River flood. These repairs are needed to restore the intended habitat function of Fawn Island and prevent it from degrading further.

In 2010, Fawn Island was constructed near river mile 673.6 as a flow-through chute to function as shallow water habitat intended to benefit the federally endangered pallid sturgeon and other native fish and wildlife species. The unprecedented flood of 2011 eroded the east bank of the chute beyond the designed construction footprint, and the chute has become deeper and faster than desired. Proposed repairs include the construction of four stone revetments, totaling approximately 2,612 linear feet. Approximately 7,000 cubic yards of material would be removed in order to securely entrench the revetment toes. Seventeen spur dikes would be created along these revetments to direct flows away from the bank and relieve pressure on the revetment. Approximately 24,260 tons of new quarried rock riprap would be required. Once the repairs are made, the chute would be reevaluated to determine whether it can be reopened to restore flow through the chute.     

Repairs are being made under the Corps’ Missouri River Recovery Program, which helps to fulfill the requirements of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2003 Amended Biological Opinion for the Operation of the Missouri River Main Stem Reservoir System, Operation and Maintenance of the Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project, and Operation of the Kansas River Reservoir System.

The public is encouraged to provide comments on the draft supplemental EA which is available for viewing at http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Planning/ProjectReports.aspx. Comments can be mailed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District; CENWO-PM-AC; ATTN: Fawn Island Supplemental 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 August 10, 2015. 

This draft supplemental EA is consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) 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.

Maggie Oldham
Rebecca Bozarth

Release no. 20150714-001