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Posted 7/13/2018

Release no. 18-046


Contact
Chuck Walker
251-690-3241
charles.r.walker@usace.army.mil

MOBILE, Alabama – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mobile District will host five public scoping meetings between July 30, 2018 and August 3, 2018 at locations throughout the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin.

The open-house meetings are intended to introduce the public to a study to evaluate an increased allocation of storage to water supply at Allatoona Lake and potential fl­ood operation changes for two Alabama Power Company (APC) reservoir projects, Weiss Dam and Lake and the Logan Martin Dam and Lake.

In January 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued a judgment in Georgia et al. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, No. 14-cv-03593 (Jan. 9, 2018). The judgment held that USACE had unreasonably delayed action on Georgia’s water supply request and directed USACE to take final action responding to that request by March 2021. The state of Georgia submitted an updated request to USACE on March 30, 2018.

The fl­ood storage analysis will evaluate APC’s proposal to raise the winter water level and, at the same time, lower the upper limit of fl­ood storage at the Weiss and Logan Martin projects where USACE has navigation and fl­ood risk management oversight.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, USACE intends to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) on these potential changes to the Water Control Manuals (WCM) for the three projects and to the overall Master WCM for the basin. The SEIS will be prepared as an integrated decision document capturing an analysis of the effects and the environmental impacts associated with the proposed federal actions.

Public Scoping Meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

Monday, July 30, 2018

4:00 - 8:00 pm Eastern time

Cauble Park Beach House (Acworth Beach)

4425 Beach Street

Acworth, GA 30101

(770) 917-1234

 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

4:00 - 8:00 pm Eastern time

Forum River Civic Center

Berry/Shorter Room

301 Tribune Street

Rome, GA 30161

(706) 291-5281

 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

4:00 - 8:00 pm Central time

The Pitman Theater

629 Broad Street

Gadsden, AL 35901

(265) 549-4740

 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

4:00 - 8:00 pm Central time

Friends on Eighth

109 8th Avenue SW

Childersburg, AL 35044

(205) 296-2397

 

Friday, August 3, 2018

4:00 - 8:00pm Central time

AUM Center

for Lifelong Learning

75 TechnaCenter Drive

Montgomery, AL 36117

(334) 244-3804

USACE invites all interested parties to submit comments on natural and human resources concerns, potential environmental effects, and potential measures that USACE should consider associated with this reallocation study, WCM updates, and Integrated SEIS. Comments can be submitted by the following methods:

• Onsite at the scoping meetings via comment cards or court reporter

• By email to ACT-ACR@usace.army.mil

• By letter addressed to Commander USACE, Mobile District, ATTN: PD-EI (ACT-ACR),
P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628-0001

Please submit all scoping comments by August 15, 2018.

More information is available online at http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/