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USACE annouces the Final Environmental Impact Statement

Published Aug. 23, 2012

MOBILE, Ala. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District (USACE), in coordination with the Jackson County Port Authority (JCPA) is pleased to announce the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Bayou Casotte Harbor Improvement Project. USACE is the lead Federal agency for the preparation of this FEIS in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the President’s Council on Environmental Quality. The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard are cooperating agencies for the preparation of the FEIS.


The purpose of the proposed Bayou Casotte Harbor Improvement Project is to widen the Pascagoula Lower Sound and Bayou Casotte navigation channels from Horn Island Pass to the turning basin in Bayou Casotte. The project is intended to reconfigure the channel to alleviate current travel restrictions and increase efficiency of vessel transit. The project is also intended to improve conditions for port operations and maintain or improve the current level of safety for vessel operations under the improved conditions. USACE prepared an FEIS to inform the public of the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project.


The FEIS will be available for public review for 30 days beginning the day of this publication. USACE invites full public participation to promote open communication on the issues surrounding the FEIS. The FEIS is available to the public at:  Electronic copies of the FEIS are available upon request.  USACE invites the public to comment on the FEIS during the public comment period which ends September 25, 2012.


Correspondence concerning this Public Notice should refer to Public Notice Number SAM-2011-00389-PAH and should be directed to the District Commander, U.S. Army Engineer District, RD-C-M Attention: EIS- Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte, Post Office Box 2288, Mobile, Alabama 36628‑0001.


Comments may also be submitted via email to For more information about the project, please visit the website at For all media queries, please contact the Mobile District Public Affairs Office at 251-690-2505 .

Lisa A. Parker

Release no. 12-022