The purpose of the Shoreline Management Plan is to establish policy; provide guidance for the management and protection of the shoreline; establish and maintain acceptable fish and wildlife habitats; maintain aesthetic quality and natural environment conditions; promote the safe, healthful use of the shoreline for recreational purposes; and achieve a balance between permitted private use and resource protection for general public use.
The public comment period opens Aug. 10 and closes Sept. 9. Comments will be accepted online or can be mailed to: USACE, 23697 County Road 218, Hermitage, MO 65668.
USACE will host an Open House to share information and receive public comments on Aug. 24 from 3 - 6 p.m. at 23697 County Road 218, Hermitage, MO 65668.
Shoreline Management Plans are to be reviewed periodically, but at least every five years to determine the need for an update. When changes to the Shoreline Management Plan are needed, the plan will be formally updated through the public involvement process. Maximum public participation should be encouraged throughout the revision process and can be accomplished through focus groups, public workshops, public meetings, comment periods, open houses, and/or other public involvement techniques.
Factors used in formulating the Shoreline Management Plan included:
- Accommodating the increasing demand for water oriented recreational facilities while limiting the amount of shoreline designated for that purpose.
- Efficiency in administration of all components of the Shoreline Management Plan.
- Limiting the proliferation of individually owned private boat docks by providing for the expansion of marina boat storage through satellite concession operations. Community docks may also be a viable alternative in those instances or at those locations where satellite concession docks are not practical.
- The ownership of property adjoining Pomme de Terre Project land does not convey any special rights or privileges to use government property.
- The Shoreline Management Plan should not create an undue hardship on individual or private industries dependent upon private recreation facilities.
- Private floating facilities should be designed, constructed, and maintained so that they are structurally sound and do not pose a threat to the recreating public, project resources, or esthetics.
- Vegetative modification of project land should be closely controlled to limit infringement upon natural resources and wildlife habitat management programs.