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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

Public Scoping

Scoping 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.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. Public meetings (open house format) were hosted during early February by the Crow Tribe, Bartlett & West, Reclamation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Individuals were given the opportunity to provide spoken or written comments at the meetings and during the scoping period which concluded February 28, 2014.

Comment on the Draft Programmatic EA

Commenting on the Draft Programmatic EA document is the second major phase of public involvement. Interested parties are encouraged to participate in the Crow Irrigation Project EA by submitting their comments and questions concerning the Draft EA. You may read the the Draft Programmatic EA online. You may also request a hardcopy of the EA or electronic copy on CD by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation (contact information available at the bottom of this page). Printed and electronic copies are also available to the public at the following locations:

Future Public Involvement Opportunities

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: Christina Lasater
  Agency: Bureau of Reclamation
  Phone: 406-247-7720
  E-mail: clasater@usbr.gov
     
Engineering & Design:
  Name: Dan Stremcha
  Agency: Bureau of Reclamation
  Phone: 406-247-7737
  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: October 17, 2014

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