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Current Involvement Opportunities
Brandon Road – NEPA Public Scoping
The GLMRIS - Brandon Road scoping comment period is going on now through Friday, January 16, 2015. USACE is asking interested members of the public to provide comments on USACE's evaluation of a control point in the vicinity of Brandon Road Lock and Dam. USACE is scoping the development of a feasibility-level decision document to support an agency decision that could provide the basis for further possible action.
As always, we appreciate your interest and involvement in GLMRIS!
Ways to Comment
USACE is seeking input and gathering concerns, issues, and needs related to the study from stakeholders, tribes, and the public through the NEPA scoping process. For more information, see What is NEPA Scoping? The comment period for GLMRIS - Brandon Road NEPA scoping will close on January 16, 2015.
The public may submit comments via one of the following ways:
- Web: Use the Submit GLMRIS - Brandon Road Scoping Comment page to submit a comment.
- Meeting: USACE is hosting scoping meetings during which those who wish to make oral comments may do so. Please register to speak through the scoping meetings page. Those who do not register to speak online may register at the meeting. Priority will be given to those who register online. Oral comments will be limited to 3 minutes per person. A stenographer will document the oral comments.
- Mail: Mail written comments to GLMRIS - Brandon Road Scoping, 231 S. LaSalle St, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604. Comments must be postmarked by January 16, 2015.
- Hand Delivery: Comment can be hand delivered to Chicago District, USACE offices located at 231 S. LaSalle St, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Comments must be received by January 16, 2015.
Using input obtained during the scoping period, USACE will refine GLMRIS - Brandon Road to focus on significant issues, as well as eliminate issues that are not significant from further detailed evaluation. USACE will post the comments on this website and will compile the issues in a NEPA scoping summary report.
Public Scoping Meetings
USACE will be hosting public scoping meetings in two cities. Please refer to Public Meetings for information regarding the location, date and time of each meeting. USACE asks those interested in presenting an oral comment to register in advance of the meeting. Those who do not register to speak online may register at the meeting. Priority will be given to those who register online.
Transcripts of the scoping meetings will be posted on this website when they are available.
Written and oral comments will be given equal weight. USACE will consider all comments that are received or postmarked by January 16, 2015, in defining the scope of GLMRIS - Brandon Road.
Past Involvement Opportunities
GLMRIS Report Comment Period
The GLMRIS Team invited the public to comment on the alternatives presented in the GLMRIS Report. Comments were received through March 31, 2014, via public meetings, electronic submittal on the GLMRIS website, mail and hand-delivery. Please refer to the GLMRIS Report page for public meeting locations, meeting transcripts, and videos.
Please refer to the GLMRIS Report Public Meetings page to view transcripts, videos slides and other materials from the eleven public meetings held following release of the GLMRIS Report.
The comments received during the public comment period are available on the Public Comments page. A summary of the public engagement activities conducted and the comments submitted during the public comment period are available in the Public Comment Summary Report (PDF, 953 KB).
Focus Area 2 Other Aquatic Pathways Comment Period
Interim reports for 18 potential aquatic pathways, as well as a summary report, were released beginning September 14, 2012. The GLMRIS FA2 Team asked for public input on these reports. Each report had a 30-day comment period following its release. Read the reports with incorporated feedback on the FA2 Other Aquatic Pathways page.
ANS Control Screening Comment Period
USACE has screened the ANS Controls identified in the Inventory of Available Controls for Aquatic Nuisance Species of Concern – Chicago Area Waterway System (ANS Control Paper) and removed certain controls from further consideration by GLMRIS. USACE requested comments from public stakeholders regarding the ANS Controls Screening from January 18 through February 21, 2013. USACE considered the information generated during the comment period to further screen the list of ANS Controls. More information on the screening can be found on the ANS Control Screening page.
ANS Control Comment Period
USACE asked interested members of the public to review the list of potential Controls contained in the Inventory of Available Controls for Aquatic Nuisance Species of Concern – Chicago Area Waterway System and provide information regarding Controls that may be effective but not included in the paper or comments regarding Controls listed in the paper. Comments were received via electronic submittal through the GLMRIS website and mail. The comment period ran from December 21, 2011 through February 17, 2012. USACE reviewed and incorporated public input before finalizing and re-issuing the paper. View these Controls and the updated paper on the ANS Controls page.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the paper and to comment. The GLMRIS Team appreciates your input!
GLMRIS – NEPA Public Scoping
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping period was from November 16, 2010 through March 31, 2011. For more information regarding NEPA scoping, see What is NEPA Scoping?
During the scoping period, USACE solicited public comments regarding the scope of GLMRIS. The scope included the prevention of interbasin transfer of ANS between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River basins via aquatic pathways. Comments were delivered during 12 USACE-hosted public scoping meetings and received via electronic submittal through the GLMRIS website, mail and hand-delivery.
Please refer to the Completed NEPA Public Scoping Meetings and Transcripts page for more information regarding these meetings and to view transcripts of the scoping meetings.
The comments received during the scoping period are available on the View Scoping Comments page. A summary of the NEPA public scoping activities and the comments submitted during the scoping period is available in the NEPA Scoping Summary Report (PDF, 1.4 MB).
For Additional Information
For additional information on aquatic nuisance species and what you can do to prevent their spread, visit the following federal agency websites:
- The National Invasive Species Council
- Meet The Invasive Species Challenge (Microsoft Word, 160 KB)
- US Fish and Wildlife Services
- Protect Your Waters Website
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee
- USACE Chicago District
For location-specific information addressing aquatic nuisance species, visit your state's Department of Natural Resources website.
For further information on GLMRIS, please contact:
Chicago District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
231 S. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604
Via e-mail: email@example.com