Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ann Arbor Area Meeting On Great Lakes & Mississippi River Study

Mar 1: On Tuesday, March 8, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is holding two public scoping meetings in Ypsilanti from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest to gather input on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS). The public is invited to attend these scoping meetings and to provide comments on GLMRIS. Identical presentations about the study will be given at 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM, each followed by the comment period. The purpose of GLMRIS is to evaluate a range of options and technologies to prevent the transfer of aquatic nuisance species (ANS), such as Asian carp, between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River through aquatic pathways.

    Using input obtained during the scoping period, the Corps will refine the scope of GLMRIS to focus on significant issues, as well as eliminate issues that are not significant from further detailed study. Issues associated with GLMRIS are likely to include, but will not be limited to: significant natural resources, such as ecosystems and threatened and endangered species; commercial and recreational fisheries; recreational uses of the lakes and waterways; effects of potential ANS controls on waterways uses such as: flood risk management, commercial and recreational navigation; and statutory and legal responsibilities relative to the effected waterways. The Ann Arbor area meeting is the last one before the public scoping comment period ends on March 31, 2011.
    Access a meeting announcement from the Corps with contact information (click here). Access complete information regarding GLMRIS, the meeting agenda and scoping requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (click here).

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