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Posted 8/12/2014

Release no. 14-048

Diana Fredlund
503-808-4515 (fax)

PORTLAND, ORE. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting an evening webinar discussing the draft Environmental Impact Statement and the preferred alternative to reduce predation on juvenile salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act by a large population of double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River estuary.  The evening webinar begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14.


The Corps’ Portland District is the federal land manager of East Sand Island and the lead agency for this National Environmental Policy Act process. The agency is working with its cooperating agencies: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Animal Plant Health Inspection Service – Wildlife Services, the Fish and Wildlife departments of Oregon and Washington.


The webinar offers direct dialog with the biologists and staff who have done the research and understand the alternatives.

Webinar and Conference Call

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


To learn more about how to participate in the scheduled webinar visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Currentprojects/CormorantEIS.aspx.

Questions or written comments on the draft EIS should refer to public notice CENWP-PM-E-14-08. Written comments are welcome through email, traditional mail or at the open houses. The Corps will categorize, summarize, respond to and consider comments to inform the decision-making process.

Mail written comments to:

Sondra Ruckwardt, Project Manager

Attn: CENWP-PM-E-14-08

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District

P.O. Box 2946

Portland, OR 97208

Email: Cormorant-EIS@usace.army.mil


(Note: mailed comments must be postmarked by Aug.19, 2014)

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