Friday, January 18, 2013

USACE Wants Comments On ANS Control Methods

Jan 18: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District has posted aquatic nuisance species (ANS) Controls that can be used to prevent the transfer of algae, crustaceans, fish and plants via aquatic pathways. USACE is announcing in the Federal Register [78 FR 4137-4138] a comment period, extending until February 21, 2013, to allow for the submission of information on available ANS Controls for these organism types.

    In a December 8, 2010 notice of intent, Federal Register Notice (75 FR 76447), USACE announced it will prepare a feasibility report and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for GLMRIS. GLMRIS is a feasibility study of the range of options and technologies that could be applied to prevent ANS transfer between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins through aquatic pathways. USACE is conducting GLMRIS in consultation with other Federal agencies, Native American tribes, state agencies, local governments and non-governmental organizations.

    This notice announces a comment period during which USACE is asking the public to submit: (i) information on ANS Controls that may be effective at preventing the transfer of fish, algae, crustaceans and plants in the Chicago Area Waterway (CAWS) but are missing from the USACE's lists of ANS Controls, or (ii) comments regarding the identified ANS Controls.
    Access the FR announcement (click here). Access the screened ANS Controls (click here). Access the ANS Control Paper website (click here). Access additional information regarding GLMRIS (click here).
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