ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is seeking comments on the draft master plan and environmental assessment for Lake Ashtabula, near Valley City, North Dakota, and Homme Reservoir, near Park River, North Dakota.
The Corps recently completed its draft master plan and is now seeking comments prior to finalizing it. The plan, last updated in 2006 for Ashtabula and Homme in 1970, focuses on what could and should happen over the life of the two reservoirs but is flexible enough to adapt to unforeseen or changing conditions. The plan also includes all lands -- fee, easement or other interest -- acquired for the project to support operations and authorized missions. This plan will also guide and articulate the Corps’ responsibilities pursuant to applicable federal laws, policies and regulations.
This plan involves a federal project that requires a review of environmental effects under the National Environmental Policy Act. A final determination on the draft environmental assessment will be made following a 30-day public review period. A copy of the draft environmental assessment can be viewed and downloaded from the St. Paul District website at: http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/Public-Notices/.
The public review and comment period on the draft master plan and environmental assessment begins today, July 29 and ends Aug. 28. Questions on the project or the environmental assessment should be directed to Dillan Laaker at (309) 794-5636 or at Dillan.J.Laaker@usace.army.mil. Please address all correspondence on this project, including formal comments on the environmental assessment, to District Commander, Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, ATTN: Regional Planning and Environment Division North, 180 Fifth Street East, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-1638.
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Release no. 20-061