Open House to the Public

For The Lower Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel Maintenance Plan Dredge Material Management Plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) and the Columbia River non-federal Sponsors Ports (Longview, Kalama, Woodland, Vancouver, and Portland) are hosting five information sessions to update the public on the Lower Columbia River Channel Maintenance Plan (LCR CMP) Dredge Material Management Plan (DMMP). Corps policy requires all federally maintained navigation projects demonstrate there is sufficient dredged material placement capacity for a minimum of 20 years. Joint and Lead Agencies: To satisfy requirements of NEPA and SEPA, the Corps and Sponsor Ports will jointly prepare an EIS on the Plan. The Corps is the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Sponsor Ports are cooperating agencies under NEPA. In addition, the Washington Ports are co-lead agencies under the StateEnvironmental Policy Act (SEPA) with the Port of Longview serving as the SEPA nominal lead agency. In 2017, interested parties and tribes were notified that the Portland District of the Corps and the Sponsor Ports are preparing a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for The Lower Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel Maintenance Plan (82 FR 42548). An extended scoping period was provided from September 8 through November 16, 2017, per NEPA (40 CFR 1501.7) and SEPA (RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c)). Public participation informs the NEPA and SEPA environmental review process. The Scoping Report is posted on the Corps’ website. Public Open House: A series of public open house meetings are scheduled for April 2022. The dates, times,and locations of the meetings are listed below. The public open house will provide an update on development of the LCR CMP DMMP and EIS. The open house is meant to: • Update the public: Corps’ planning process for the LCR CMP DMMP • Outline next steps: Schedule of release of the Draft LCR CMP DMMP and EIS for public review and comment • Provide a facilitated session of questions and feedback All meetings will be conducted virtually through WebEx. All open houses will present the same content. Several options are presented to provide flexibility to the public. 

 

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