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Crow Irrigation Project – Public Comment

Public involvement is a key component of the federal environmental review process. All interested parties are encouraged to participate in the Crow Irrigation Project EA by informing themselves about the project, asking questions, attending public scoping meetings, and commenting.

Public involvement is integrated into each step of the preparation of an EA. The diagram below shows how you can get involved along the way.


Public Involvement in the Crow Irrigation Project Environmental Assessment Process

How to Get Involved Now: Public Scoping

Scoping is the first phase of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis process. It is intended to give interested parties the chance to comment on a proposed action and to offer suggestions about the issues to be considered in the environmental analysis.

All interested parties are invited to participate in the scoping process, both to refine the environmental issues to be analyzed in depth, and to eliminate from detailed study those environmental issues that are not feasible or pertinent. The scoping process is intended to involve all interested agencies (federal, state, county, and local), public interest groups, Native American tribes, businesses, and members of the public.

Please note that the project has been authorized; therefore comments regarding the approval or refutation of the project will be disregarded. Comments should be focused on environmental/resource issues.

Public Scoping Meetings

Public meetings (open house format) will be hosted during early February by the Crow Tribe, Bartlett & West, Reclamation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The public is invited to attend the open houses and provide their comments on the Rehabilitation and Improvement of Crow Irrigation Project (CIP). The meetings are part of a public involvement process called scoping.

Open houses allow people to come in and talk to members of the project planners to ask questions and get more information. Displays, handouts, and information will be available at the open houses. Individuals will be given the opportunity to provide spoken or written comments at the meetings and during the scoping period which will run through February 28, 2014.

Public Open House Times and Locations
       
February 3, 2014 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Wyola Wyola District Hall
Wyola, MT 59089
 
February 4, 2014 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Crow Agency Multipurpose Building
Crow Agency, MT 59022
 
February 5, 2014 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Billings Crow Tribe Sub Office
711 Central Avenue
Suites 204 and 206
Billings, MT 59102
       
Agency Open House Time and Location
       
February 5, 2014 12:00-3:00 pm Billings Crow Tribe Sub Office
711 Central Avenue
Suites 204 and 206
Billings, MT 59102

Future Public Involvement Opportunities

Commenting on the Draft Programmatic EA document is the second major phase of public involvement. Interested parties are given the chance to participate in the Crow Irrigation Project EA by submitting their comments and questions concerning the Draft EA, attending public meetings, and reading EA publications and related materials once they are made available.

Future public involvement activities for the Programmatic EA include public distribution of the Final Programmatic EA and Decision Notice/FONSI.

Submitting Comments

Comments and input on this project and the EA can be made at any time on the web site, by email or electronic comment form, by post, or in person.

It is standard practice for Reclamation to make comments available to the public, including publication on the internet. Individual respondents may request that their address be withheld from the record, and such requests will be honored to the extent allowable by law. If you wish Reclamation to withhold your name and or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. Reclamation has discretion on whether or not to consider anonymous comments. Except for proprietary information, Reclamation will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available to the public in their entirety.

For More Information

For further information on the Crow Irrigation Project Programmatic EA, please contact:

Main Contact/NEPA-Environmental Review Process:
  name: Vernon LaFontaine
  agency: Bureau of Reclamation
  phone: 406-247-7720
  e-mail: vlafontaine@usbr.gov
     
Engineering & Design:
  name: Dan Stremcha
  agency: Bureau of Reclamation
  phone: 406-247-7832
  e-mail: dstremcha@usbr.gov
     
Crow Nation:
  name: Titus Takes Gun, Water Rights Director
  phone: 406-638-4235
  e-mail: Titus.TakesGun@crow-nsn.gov
     
Mailing Address:
    Bureau of Reclamation
Attn: Crow Water Projects (GP-4000)
P.O. Box 36900
Billings, MT 59107-6900

 

Last Updated: March 10, 2014

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