Project Reports

Draft Letter Report/Programmatic EA - Federal Participation in Watercraft Inspection Stations

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District
Published Feb. 12, 2021
Expiration date: 3/2/2021

Summary: A draft integrated letter report and programmatic environmental assessment has been developed to determine the economic and environmental impacts of Federal participation in state-managed watercraft inspection programs along the Upper Missouri River Basin in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. The existing watercraft inspection programs are managed collaboratively by the States of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska where watercraft transported along highways are inspected for the presence of aquatic invasive species and decontaminated when detected.

If approved, Federal participation in the program would be cost-shared (50 percent) with each of the States and would employ a regional strategy to identify locations that would provide the greatest likelihood of preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species to reservoirs operated and maintained by the Corps in the Upper Missouri River Basin.

Several strategies that could be used include (1) expanding the number of locations or hours of operation at existing inspection stations, (2) adding canine detection capabilities, (3) increasing public awareness, (4) constructing site improvements and (5) augmenting existing monitoring efforts and contingency and response planning efforts.

Geographic Scope: Upper Missouri River Basin (Nebraska: Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Scottsbluff); (South Dakota: Sioux City, Pickstown, Pierre, Rapid City, Aberdeen); (North Dakota: Bismarck, Fargo, Dickinson, Minot, Williston); (Montana: Billings, Bozeman, Helena, Great Falls, Glasgow); (Wyoming: Casper, Sheridan, Lander, Cheyenne)

Decision: Made following close of comment period.