The St. Louis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host two open house events to provide background information and get public feedback on the scope of an Environmental Assessment of New River Training Structures on the Middle Mississippi River.
The two open house events in Alton, IL, and Cape Girardeau, MO, will feature a brief overview of the Corps of Engineers’ river engineering mission, and information stations on River Training Structures with subject matter experts available to answer questions and get public input on what information should be considered in the assessment.
Tuesday, Feb. 7
National Great Rivers Museum – Classroom
#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL 62002.
Thursday, Feb. 9
Cape Girardeau Nature Center – Multipurpose room
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.
River Training Structures are one of the ways the Corps of Engineers ensures America’s inland waterways are navigable for commerce, along with locks and dams, dredging, and revetments.
The St. Louis District is preparing an Environmental Assessment of new River Training Structures on the Middle Mississippi River (River Miles 195-0). Environmental Assessments are prepared in accord with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to determine the environmental effects of a proposed action. The assessment will determine if there are substantial and relevant considerations or data regarding construction of new River Training Structures that the Corps has not considered to date, and if further study is needed. River construction activities will continue during the Environmental Assessment process.
Dredging Today Staff, February 2, 2012; Image: usace