The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, for Pelican Bend Interception Rearing Complex (IRC). This IRC project Biological Opinion for the Operation of the Main Stem Reservoir System, Operation and Maintenance of the Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project, Operation of the Kansas Reservoir System, and Implementation of the Missouri River Recovery Management Plan. This project is being conducted as part of the Missouri River Recovery Program (MRRP). The Recommended Plan uses a combination of measures that focuses on the contraction and expansion of flow in the Missouri River in order to cause flow to direct age-0 pallid sturgeon to nursery habitat along the navigation channel margins. Modifications would take place on structures on the right descending bank of the river. Those modifications include raising or lowering 11 wing dikes and 6 rootless dikes. The modifications would be to a maximum 4 feet above the construction reference plan (CRP of +4) and a minimum of 10 feet below the construction reference plane (CRP of -10). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has made a preliminary determination that the proposed action would not result in significant degradation to the environment and therefore supports preparation of a draft FONSI. The EA, draft FONSI and supporting information are provided with issuance of this Public Notice on December 19, 2019 to initiate the public review and comment period, which will extend until February 2nd, 2020.
*A public meeting will be held at Maryland Heights Community Center, 2300 McKelvy, Maryland Heights, MO, 63043, on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020, at 6:00p.m.