The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is one of the nation’s oldest environmental laws that encourages federal agencies to make environmentally responsible decisions. NEPA requires all federal agencies to consider and disclose the environmental effects of their proposed actions in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Environmental Assessment (EA). The Citizen's Guide to NEPA explains this law and how to effectively submit your input.
Per NEPA, an EA assessing impacts of the proposed project on the human environment will be provided to the public for review and comment. The public will be notified when opportunities for comment arise. Collecting the right level of information at the right time is important to developing a project plan, requiring early and frequent engagement of all affected federal, state and local agencies, Native American Tribes, and interested groups and individuals.
Examples of areas for evaluation in the EIS include:
Sediment Transport, Deposition, Composition
Endangered Species Act
To provide opportunities for the public to learn about the project, the Corps will continue to provide project updates on the project website. If you would like to be included in the project distribution list to receive updates on the project via email, please send an email with the subject line “Cougar Downstream Passage Distribution List” to the project email: email@example.com. Interested parties can also send questions to the project team via the project email or by calling the Corps’ Public Affairs Office at 503-808-4510. Once we have a draft EA, the public will be provided an opportunity to review and provide comments. Public meetings will be held to present the preferred alternative, answer questions, and provide an opportunity for members of the public to submit written comments. The Corps will consider these comments when finalizing the EA. The public will then be provided an opportunity to review the final EA.