Army Corps of Engineers and Office of the Asian Carp Director Public Meeting and Media Availability in Milwaukee

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On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a public scoping meeting along with the Office of the Asian Carp Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality, in Milwaukee from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Miller Room of the O'Donnell Park Complex, located at 910 E. Michigan St., to gather input on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS). The public is invited to attend this scoping meeting and to provide comments on GLMRIS. Identical presentations about the study will be given at 2:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., each followed by the comment period. The purpose of GLMRIS is to evaluate a range of options and technologies to prevent the transfer of aquatic nuisance species (ANS), such as Asian carp, between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River through aquatic pathways. Using input obtained during the scoping period, USACE will refine the scope of GLMRIS to focus on significant issues, as well as eliminate issues that are not significant from further detailed study. Issues associated with GLMRIS are likely to include, but will not be limited to: significant natural resources, such as ecosystems and threatened and endangered species; commercial and recreational fisheries; recreational uses of the lakes and waterways; effects of potential ANS controls on waterways uses such as: flood risk management, commercial and recreational navigation; and statutory and legal responsibilities relative to the effected waterways.

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On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a public scoping meeting along with the Office of the Asian Carp Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality, in Milwaukee from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Miller Room of the O'Donnell Park Complex, located at 910 E. Michigan St., to gather input on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS). The public is invited to attend this scoping meeting and to provide comments on GLMRIS. Identical presentations about the study will be given at 2:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., each followed by the comment period.

Who
Asian Carp Director John Goss, White House Council on Environmental Quality; Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division; and Lt. Col. David Berczek, deputy district commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District

What
Media availability before the public scoping meeting for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS). Due to the structure of the formal public meeting, there will be limited opportunity for media to engage the key agency representatives until the meeting concludes.

Media is encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity for one-on-one interviews with the key agency representatives prior to official start of the 2:00 p.m. meeting.

When
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Where
The Miller Room of the O'Donnell Park Complex, located at 910 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee, Wis. 53202

Why
The purpose of GLMRIS is to evaluate a range of options and technologies to prevent the transfer of aquatic nuisance species (ANS), such as Asian carp, between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River through aquatic pathways.

Issues associated with GLMRIS are likely to include, but will not be limited to: significant natural resources, such as ecosystems and threatened and endangered species; commercial and recreational fisheries; recreational uses of the lakes and waterways; effects of potential ANS controls on waterways uses such as: flood risk management, commercial and recreational navigation; and statutory and legal responsibilities relative to the effected waterways.

Using input obtained during the scoping period, the Corps will refine the scope of GLMRIS to focus on significant issues, as well as eliminate issues that are not significant from further detailed study.

The public scoping comment period will end on March 31, 2011. For more information regarding GLMRIS, the meeting agenda and scoping requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, visit the GLMRIS Web site at http://www.glmris.anl.gov or call Dave Wethington, GLMRIS project manager, at 312-846-5522 or e-mail at David.M.Wethington(at)usace(dot)army(dot)mil.

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