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Draft EIS for NDOR proposed Nebraska Highway 12 project released

Published Oct. 9, 2015
Nebraska Highway 12 east and west of the village of Niobrara Nebraska, runs next to the Missouri River and is within the Missouri River floodplain. Portions of the roadway are within the Missouri National Recreational River (MNRR) boundary (39-Mile District). N-12 in this area has experienced frequent flooding. The applicant, the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR), is seeking a long-term solution to the problems associated with frequent flooding of these areas of N-12.

Nebraska Highway 12 east and west of the village of Niobrara Nebraska, runs next to the Missouri River and is within the Missouri River floodplain. Portions of the roadway are within the Missouri National Recreational River (MNRR) boundary (39-Mile District). N-12 in this area has experienced frequent flooding. The applicant, the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR), is seeking a long-term solution to the problems associated with frequent flooding of these areas of N-12.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Nebraska Department of Roads’ proposed Nebraska Highway12 project is now available for public review.

The project, coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Roads seeks authorization to place fill in waters of the United States in connection with the proposed highway project. NDOR submitted a permit application on September 11, 2015 to place fill material east and west of the Village of Niobrara, Nebraska.

As part of its permit review process, the Omaha District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has developed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The Draft EIS is available for review on our Web Site(People who have viewed this page previously may need to clear the page's cache file by pressing CTRL+F5 on their computer keyboard while viewing the page.)

The Draft EIS was prepared to inform decision makers and the public of the environmental impacts of the proposed roadway design project. In addition, the Draft EIS reviews the reasonable project alternatives that would avoid or minimize adverse impacts or enhance the quality of the human environment.

The USACE, Omaha District is seeking written comments on the proposed NE Highway 12 Draft EIS from the public; Federal, State and Local agencies and officials; Native American Tribes; and other interested parties.

The Draft EIS and comments received provide USACE information to make an informed permit decision under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 United States Code [USC] 1344).

The Draft EIS will also be used to aid in the decision required by the permit decision under the National Park Service, a cooperating agency, as it related to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

A Public Open House and Hearing will be held on November 9 to provide information on the project and solicit comments.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Location: Niobrara Secondary School – East Gymnasium

  • Public Open House
  • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Public Hearing
  • 6:00 p.m.

All written comments on the Highway 12 Draft EIS must be submitted by November 23, 2015. Written comments should be submitted to:

Becky Latka, Project Manager, Highway 12 EIS
Corps of Engineers, Omaha District 
Regulatory Branch, CENWO-OD-RF
1616 Capitol Ave
Omaha, NE  68102
Email: Rebecca.J.Latka@usace.army.mil



Contact
Eileen Williamson
402-995-2417
eileen.l.williamson@usace.army.mil
or
Becky Latka
Rebecca.J.Latka@usace.army.mil

Release no. 20151009-001