GLMRIS: Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study

GLMRIS - Brandon Road 2014 NEPA Scoping

Scoping Summary Report

The GLMRIS Team has released the GLMRIS - Brandon Road, EIS, Scoping Summary Report 1.2 MB. A public comment period on the GLMRIS - Brandon Road effort ran from November 17, 2014 through January 30, 2015. USACE sought input and gathered concerns, issues, and needs related to the study from stakeholders, tribes, and the public through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping process. You can browse all the comments received during the scoping period below.

Public meetings were conducted to allow stakeholders to learn more about the upcoming effort and provide comment on the proposed activities involving the Brandon Road site. The presentation and transcripts from the meetings are available below.

The Brandon Rd Scoping Summary Report will be utilized by the GLMRIS Team to assess topics of interest in order to refine the scope of GLMRIS to focus on significant issues, as well as eliminate issues that are not significant from further detailed study.


As strategic control of ANS is a shared responsibility among federal, state, regional and public stakeholders, the GLMRIS Team will continue to collaborate with agency and nongovernmental partners to support an integrated management approach to control Mississippi River ANS transfer into the Great Lakes. In order to achieve the maximum effectiveness of an ANS control program, nonstructural measures, including biological, educational, and management controls, must be incorporated into any technological solution. This management strategy requires the close coordination of a variety of local, state and federal agencies to implement actions commensurate with their resources and authorities, toward achieving a comprehensive ANS solution.

Learn more about the Brandon Road Study Area.

Public Scoping Meetings

USACE hosted three (3) NEPA public scoping meetings for the GLMRIS-Brandon Road effort. USACE sought input on GLMRIS - Brandon Road from potentially affected federal agencies, Native American tribes, state agencies, local governments and non-governmental organizations, stakeholders, and the general public.

USACE hosted GLMRIS - Brandon Road public scoping meetings at the following locations.

  • Lemont, IL – December 6, 2014.  Transcript 313 KB
  • Chicago, IL – December 9, 2014.  Transcript 362 KB
  • New Orleans, LA – January 8, 2015  Transcript 499 KB

Public Scoping Comments

USACE solicited public comment on GLMRIS - Brandon Road scoping. Comments were submitted either by mail, hand delivery, via an online comment form, or orally at one of the three public scoping meetings. Comments on Brandon Road scoping were accepted from November 17, 2014, through January 30, 2015.

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Public comments received during the comment period can be viewed below.

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This website includes public comments received through oral testimony at public meetings and written comments submitted via email and postal mail by the public. No effort has been made to validate the accuracy of these comments, which reflect the individual views and opinions of the commenters and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

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