Online Staff Report
CHICAGO — Saturday, Dec. 6, and Tuesday, Dec. 9, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will host public meetings and webinars to present information about the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS)-Brandon Road effort. The public is invited to attend.
The Dec. 6 meeting will be at Argonne National Laboratory, TCS Building 240, Lemont, Illinois, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Dec. 9 meeting will be on the sixth floor of the Gleacher Center, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago, from 3 to 6 p.m.
USACE plans to evaluate a range of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) controls that could be applied near the Brandon Road Lock and Dam to address the transfer of ANS from the Mississippi River Basin to the Great Lakes Basin. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an environmental impact statement (EIS) will be developed concurrently with the technical evaluations of possible ANS controls at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, located near Joliet, Illinois.
As part of the NEPA scoping process, USACE is seeking input from stakeholders, tribes, and the public on the scope of issues to be addressed by the GLMRIS-Brandon Road evaluation and any significant issues related to potential actions at or near the Brandon Road site. Using input obtained during the scoping period, USACE will refine the GLMRIS-Brandon Road effort to focus on significant issues, as well as eliminate issues that are not significant from further detailed study.
The meetings will begin with a presentation followed by an oral comment period. During the meeting, USACE will also collect written comments. Virtual participation will also be available via a web-enabled format.
For additional information about the two public meetings, including webinar details and availability, meeting locations, or to submit an electronic comment, visit http://glmris.anl.gov/brandon-rd.
In addition to the public meetings, public comments can be submitted to USACE through Jan. 16, 2015, by using the website at http://glmris.anl.gov/brandon-rd, or through mail or hand delivery to GLMRIS-Brandon Road Scoping, 231 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604.
Posted Dec. 3, 2014