USA: Corps to Host Meeting on ACT River Basin DEIS
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mobile District, will hold four public open houses during the last week of March as part of the update process of the Water Control Manual (WCM) for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
The public is invited to attend the meetings which will provide information on the WCM DEIS. The DEIS presents the results of USACEs’ analysis of the environmental effects of the Proposed Action Alternative (PAA) for the ACT River Basin Master Water Control Manual.
“USACE evaluated an array of potentinal water management alternatives during the WCM update process, resulting in the selection of the PAA. Under the PAA, USACE would continue to operate the ACT as a system in a balanced manner to achive all authorized project purposes,” E. Patrick Robbins, Public Affairs Officer said.
The PAA includes the following changes from current operations:
· Revised drought plan with enhancements recommended by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS);
· Seasonal navigation releases, with seasonal maintenance dredging;
· Guide curve and action zones changes at Allatoona and Carters Lakes;
· Seasonal flow requirements below Carters Re-regulation dam;
· Permanently raise of H Neely Henry winter guide curve;
· Implement drought contingency curves at Alabama Power storage projects.
All four meetings will be held using an open house format, allowing time for participants to review specific information and to provide comments to the resource staff attending the meeting.
Press Release, March 1, 2013