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USACE files draft Environmental Impact Statement on St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project

Published July 26, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 26, 2013 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today filed the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A Notice of Availability has also been published in the July 26, 2013, Federal Register to begin the 45-day public review period pursuant to regulations of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality for implementing NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508).

The draft EIS and additional information regarding the project can be found at:

Printed copies of the draft EIS are available at the following libraries:

Sikeston Public Library                 Mississippi Co. Library                 New Madrid Co. Library
121 East North St                         105 E Marshall St                         431 Mill St
Sikeston, MO 63801                     Charleston, MO 63834                 New Madrid, MO 63869

Mitchell Memorial Library              Missouri State Library                  Riverside Regional Library
204 Washington                             600 West Main St                       Highway 61
East Prairie, MO 63845                 Jefferson City, MO 65102             Benton, MO 63736 

                                                        Cairo Public Library 
                                                        1609 Washington Ave 
                                                        Cairo, IL 62914

Two public meetings will be held during the 45-day public comment period – one in East Prairie, Mo, and the other in the vicinity of Cairo, Ill. The purpose of the public meetings will be to ensure the widest possible consideration of general public and community concerns. USACE will announce dates and locations for the two public meetings once arrangements are finalized.

Information regarding the time and locations of the public meetings as well as instructions on how to provide comments or testimony will be also be available at the website listed above.

Written comments or requests for additional information may be forwarded to Joshua M. Koontz at 167 N. Main St. B-202, Memphis, TN 38103 or

Please provide written comments no later than Sept. 9, 2013.

Jim Pogue

Release no. 13-009