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St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project

UPDATE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project. This draft EIS provides information regarding the formulation and evaluation of alternatives for a project designed to manage flood risks to the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway area. The project area is located in southeast Missouri and includes all or portions of New Madrid, Mississippi, and Scott counties. Alternatives were formulated that meet the Federal objective for water resource development projects and the project specific objectives. The tentatively selected plan consists of closure of the New Madrid Floodway at the location of the 1,500-foot gap, construction of a 1,500 cubic foot per second (cfs) pumping station in the New Madrid Floodway, construction of a 1,000 cfs pumping station in the St. Johns Bayou Basin, modifications to 23 miles of ditches in the St. Johns Bayou Basin, waterfowl management during waterfowl season in both basins, and manages flood risks in a manner that recognizes the benefit of the flood pulse to the remaining natural environment. The estimated first cost of the tentatively recommended plan is $164,779,000. Average annual cost of the project is $7,249,000. Average annual benefits are $15,501,000. The combined benefit to cost ratio is 2.1.

The public comment period ended on November 25, 2013. The Corps is currently addressing public comments. A course of action will not be selected until a Final EIS is completed; a Record of Decision will announce the selection.

To request additional information please contact:

NEPA Coordinator:                   Project Manager:
Mr. Joshua Koontz   Mr. Danny Ward
Upper Delta Environmental Compliance Branch   Project Management Branch
167 N. Main, Room B-202   167 N. Main, Room B-202
Memphis, TN 38103-1894   Memphis, TN 38103-1894
Phone: (901) 544-3975   Phone: (901) 544-0709
Fax: (901) 544-3955   Fax: (901) 544-3955
joshua.m.koontz@usace.army.mil   daniel.d.ward@usace.army.mil