The Kansas City and Omaha Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), have developed the Draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
It is a programmatic assessment of actions necessary to comply with the Endangered Species Act by avoiding a finding of jeopardy to three federally-listed threatened and endangered species associated with the Missouri River:
• The pallid sturgeon,
• The interior least tern, and
• The Northern Great Plains piping plover.
A comprehensive Draft Science and Adaptive Management Plan has also been developed to guide implementation of management actions for the three listed species above.
The Draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and EIS accomplishes the following:
• Uses the best available science to develop alternatives and evaluate the effects of those alternatives on environmental resources and the human uses of the river;
• Identifies a preferred alternative comprised of management actions based on the best available science and designed to avoid a finding of jeopardy for the species and minimize impacts to other resources;
• Includes an adaptive management plan for the Missouri River Recovery Program to ensure management decisions are continuously improved by the learning that takes place from regular monitoring of the river and assessing the effectiveness of management actions.
Documents available at http://www.moriverrecovery.org
for comment through April 24, 2017 include:
• Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Appendices
• Draft Science and Adaptive Management Plan and Appendices
• Human Considerations Technical Reports
• Hydrology and Hydraulics Technical Reports
• Notice of Availability
• Scoping Summary Report
• Missouri River Effects Analysis Reports
Comments can be submitted via the following methods through April 24, 2017:
• Input comments online at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/MRRMP
• Verbal or written comments at the Public Meetings (locations and schedule to the left under 'Meeting Notices')
• Written comments submitted to the Contact listed below.
PLEASE SELECT THE DOCUMENT YOU WISH TO COMMENT ON FROM THE 'OPEN FOR COMMENT' LINK, then click the 'Comment Now' button for that document.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
ATTN: CENWO-PM-AC - Management Plan Comments
1616 Capitol Avenue
Omaha, NE 68102