River management planning is a systematic, multi-step process which includes two opportunities for formal public participation, one occurring at the earliest planning phases when generation of ideas is foremost, and a second occurring once alternative management plans have been developed and are ready for review.
* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Information gathering and internal workshop to define purpose of plan and identify values to be protected (Completed in Fall 2011)
Step 2. Public workshops to inform community of plan purpose and to gather community perspectives (Scheduled for April 2012-- We are here! Please provide comments by May 31, 2012) *
Step 3. Preparation of Draft RMP/EA, including at least three alternative management plans (Scheduled for completion by Winter 2012/Spring 2013)
Step 4. Public review of Draft RMP/EA (Scheduled for Summer 2013)
Step 5. Public meetings on Draft RMP/EA (Scheduled for Summer 2013)
Step 6. Publishing of Final RMP/EA (Scheduled for Winter 2013/Spring 2014)
The multiple steps of the river management planning process help to ensure a thoughtful and inclusive product.