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Army Corps Reviewing Missouri River Policies

February 7, 2010

The Army Corps of Engineers has been directed by Congress to review the original project purposes established by the 1944 Flood Control Act. The Missouri River Authorized Purposes StudyMRAPS—is the first-ever review of the legislation that created the system of dams and reservoirs on the Missouri River and major tributaries. The study will determine if changes in these purposes and the existing federal water resource infrastructure managed by the Corps and Bureau of Reclamation may be warranted.

Dates/Locations of Upcoming Public Meetings:

Starting in November, 2009 and into early 2010, a series of facilitated focus group sessions will be held across the basin.

  1. The first focus group meeting was held on Nov. 19, 2009 in Kansas City, Kansas.
  2. The second focus group meeting was held on Dec. 8, 2009 in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  3. The third focus group meeting was held on Jan. 12, 2010 in St. Louis, MO.
  4. The fourth focus group meeting was held on Jan. 14, 2010 in Omaha, NE.
  5. The fifth focus group meeting was held Jan. 26, 2010 in Pierre, SD.
  6. The sixth focus group meeting was held Jan. 28, 2010 in Billings, MT.
  7. The seventh focus group meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Salon “D” conference room, 3301 LeMone Industrial Blvd (near intersection of Hwy 63 and state route AC), Columbia, MO from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  8. The eighth focus group meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, New Orleans-Airport in Ballroom Salon 3, at 2829 Williams Blvd. in Kenner, LA 70062, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  9. The ninth focus group meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 at the Radisson Hotel — Memphis Airport, in the Memphis Room, at 2411 Winchester Rd. in Memphis, Tennessee from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Initial Tribal Events were held in Rapid City, SD, on December 14 and 16, 2009. Additional Tribal Events are being planned and arranged with Tribal Leaders through Corps of Engineers Tribal Liaison channels.

Focus Group Process

The US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (IECR) and the Osprey Group are arranging the focus group meetings. In their role as the independent 3rd party neutral, they provide oversight and facilitate these meetings. A detailed description of the focus group process is provided on the IECR website at http://mraps.ecr.gov. Accessible at this same IECR link (under the “Focus Groups” page) is a listing of focus group participants (posted by IECR when developed and cleared).

In general, a representative group of people are invited by the facilitator to each focus group. The invitees are asked a series of questions designed to generate a productive discussion about Missouri River issues as they see them and how to design the public engagement process during the course of the study.

After the question session is completed and beginning around 7:00 p.m., an opportunity will be provided for other members of the public in attendance to present their perspectives on both substantive issues and design of the public engagement process.

Please note these focus groups are aimed at identification of initial basin priorities and public communications strategy development; these are not the formal public scoping meetings. The public scoping meetings are planned for summer 2010. Advance notice of the public scoping meeting events and dates will be forthcoming in mid-2010.

For more details contact:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
Attn: Lynn Heng
Phone: 402-995-2680
E-mail: lynn.m.heng@usace.army.mil

Mailing Address: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attn: CENWO-PM-AA
1616 Capital Avenue
Omaha, NE 68102-4901

or
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District
Attn: Kyla Benjamin
E-mail: kyla.s.benjamin@usace.army.mil

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