USACE Releases Monroe EA Report

A draft feasibility report and environmental assessment (EA) for stream bank restoration near Monroe, Nebraska, is currently available for public review, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District.

The report identifies alternatives to provide stream bank protection and prohibit further rapid erosion on the right-descending bank of the Loup River in Platte County, Nebraska.

The draft feasibility study report and environmental assessment is the result of a comprehensive study conducted by the Corps in cooperation with Platte County,” said Mark Nelson, project manager. “The study was carried out under Section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946, as amended.

BACKGROUND

Starting in 2010, severe bank erosion along the Loup River immediately upstream of the 370th Avenue bridge, located south of Monroe, Nebraska, has continued to progress rapidly downstream towards the bridge and road approach.

Because of the rate at which the river bank is eroding, including complete loss of the adjacent riparian buffer, it has been determined that the county road approach to the 370th Avenue bridge is imminently threatened.

Loss of the approach road leading to the bridge would have economic impacts as this is a major primary roadway in the area with no close alternatives nearby to cross the Loup River. The road also serves as a major emergency route and as a secondary connecter between NE Highway 22 and US Highway 30.

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