Public Involvement - National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process
The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have released the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on modifications planned for Intake Diversion Dam.
The Intake Draft EA analyzes and discloses effects associated with proposed modifications to the Intake Diversion Dam and Lower Yellowstone Project's main canal headworks and identifies alternatives to improve passage for the endangered pallid sturgeon and other native fish and to reduce entrainment of fish into the Lower Yellowstone Project's main irrigation canal.
The Draft EA is available for a 30-day comment period that ends March 16, 2010. Public meetings will be held during the public review period. Participants also will be encouraged to provide comments through several mechanisms - written comment cards, letters, e-mails, and oral comments at the meeting. All comments received on the Intake Draft EA, regardless of how submitted, will be given equal consideration and will be included in the Final EA.
Public Meeting Dates:
- Glendive, MT - Wednesday, February 24, 2010; 5:30-9:00 p.m — Yellowstone River Inn; 1903 North Merril Avenue.
- Sidney, MT - Thursday, February 25, 2010; 5:30-9:00 p.m — Community Service Building; 1201 West Holly
These meetings will be hosted in an open house format from 5:30p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with visual displays and staff on hand to answer questions. A formal presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. Questions are welcome throughout the meeting, and formal comments can be submitted.
Comments will be accepted at both public meetings listed above. Additionally, comments may be submitted throughout the public comment period by mail, fax, e-mail or electric comment form as listed below:
Bureau of Reclamation
Montana Area Office
Attention: Paula Holwegner
P.O. Box 30137
Billings, Montana 59101
Written comments may also be submitted by clicking on this link and filling out the comment form.
The Department of the Interior’s regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) require Reclamation to incorporate consensus-based management in the NEPA process where practicable. Consensus-based management involves outreach to persons, organizations, or communities who may be interested in, or affected by, a proposed action with an assurance that their input will be given consideration in selecting a course of action.
Reclamation will consider consensus-based alternative(s) submitted by interested parties or those affected by the proposed action. While there is no guarantee that any particular consensus-based alternative will satisfy the project’s purpose and need or be identified as the proposed course of action, Reclamation will describe and evaluate any consensus-based alternative(s) during the NEPA compliance process.
Reclamation is providing informal community-based training for parties that have an interest in the process or feel they may be affected by the proposed action during the public scoping process. To be most effective, participating parties may want to discuss consensus-based management and alternatives with Reclamation staff early in the NEPA compliance process.
Supplemental Information Related to the Solicitation of Public Comment
- Glendive Public Meeting Notes
- Sidney Public Meetings Notes
- Public comments received on the Intake Draft EA
Last Updated: March 6, 2013