MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 7, 2015 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Memphis District, requests comments from the public on a draft Cache River Watershed Management Plan. The draft document is available for viewing and download on the Memphis District web site at:
The public is invited to provide comments regarding the Watershed Management Plan and any water resource issues in the Cache River Basin during the comment period, which will extend for 30 days.
Two public information meetings conducted in 2014 in Newport and Paragould, Arkansas helped provide direction for the Watershed Management Plan. The information gathered at those meetings is now incorporated in the report.
“This report identifies the issues and concerns, along with various suggestions, determined during the development of the plan,” Shawn Phillips, District planner said. “This plan may allow for water management agencies and groups from the local, state, and federal level to prioritize their efforts to improve the availability and management of water resources in the basin for the betterment of all. This includes those natural and agricultural resources dependent upon the water resources. One of our primary goals was to ensure that there is adequate identification of all significant issues so the appropriate agencies can adequately plan and respond to the needs identified.”
USACE developed the Cache River Watershed Management Plan under the authority of the White River Basin Comprehensive Study and with input and involvement from private citizens, local drainage and conservation districts, county governments, state agencies, federal agencies, and non-governmental groups. The management plan makes general recommendations and strategies for various agencies and groups to effectively manage the water resources of the basin for all users.
For more information about the watershed management plant, please contact the Memphis District Public Affairs Office at (901) 544-3360 or (901) 581-8463.
Release no. 15-010