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Mid-Columbia River Regional Master Plan & Integrated Environmental Assessment

Posted: 9/21/2018

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Mid-Columbia River Regional Master Plan & Integrated Environmental Assessment

Skamania, Klickitat and Benton Counties, Washington

Multnomah, Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow and Umatilla Counties, Oregon

 

CENWP-PM-E
Issue Date: September 21, 2018
Closing Date: October 22, 2018

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps) is making available for public review the 60% draft Mid-Columbia River Regional Master Plan and Integrated Environmental Assessment (EA) for Corps-owned lands associated with Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day and Willow Creek. Integrated into the master plan is an EA, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality’s NEPA regulations (40 C.F.R. parts 1500-1508), and the Corps’ NEPA regulations (33 C.F.R. part 230). 

The purpose of the Mid-Columbia River Regional Master Plan is to serve as the overall strategic land use management document guiding the Corps’ comprehensive administration and development of recreational, natural, and cultural resources on project lands of the Corps’ mid-Columbia River projects. The master plan would provide resource objectives and management and development concepts that facilitate the efficient and cost-effective management, development, and use of project lands for the next twenty years.

Master plans for the mid-Columbia River projects date back to the 1970s.  A regional master plan is needed to integrate and update management and development planning for the mid-Columbia River projects in order to guide the responsible stewardship and sustainability of project resources for the benefit of present and future generations. The Mid-Columbia River Regional Master Plan is needed to ensure the management, development, and use of project lands are aligned with national objectives, regional needs, and resource capabilities and suitabilities; protect and sustain project natural and cultural resources; and provide public recreational opportunities that are consistent with authorized project purposes. 

The master plan and integrated EA include land classifications, resource objectives and plans and natural resource management. Resources evaluated include cultural resources, fish and wildlife, aquatic and terrestrial invasive species management, threatened and endangered species, ecological settings, and recreation use and facilities on Project lands within the master plan boundaries. Environmental impacts from a no action alternative and a proposed action alternative (implementation of the master plan) are evaluated in the integrated EA.

Public Comment Period:  The master plan and integrated EA will be available for public comment for 30-days after the date of this public notice. The public comment period is intended to provide those interested in or affected by this action an opportunity to make their concerns or comments known.  The Corps will consider comments received during the 30-day comment period in the 90% draft master plan.  The 90% draft master plan will also be provided for public review. 

The draft master plan and integrated EA are available for download at the following link: https://usace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16021coll7/id/8046

Please note the document is a large file and may take some time to download. 

Public Meeting: All interested parties are invited to attend the public meeting. 

Date: October 9, 2018, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Dallesport Community Center
136 6th Ave
Dallesport, WA 98617

A short presentation will begin at 5:15 p.m., after which staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. 

Comment Submittal:  Please submit written comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District by October 22, 2018.  Written comments may be sent via email to: mid-columbia-plan@usace.army.mil or sent via mail to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attn: CENWP-PM-F/Gail Saldaña
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, OR 97208-2946

Written comments may also be submitted at the public meeting. 

All comments received will become part of the administrative record and are subject to public release under the Freedom of Information Act, including any personally identifiable information such as name, phone numbers, and addresses. 

Additional information is available online at: http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/plans/master-plan/.