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CORPS TO HOST WORKSHOPS FOR GREERS FERRY LAKE MASTER PLAN REVISION

The Army Corps of Engineers is hosting two workshops about the Greers Ferry Lake Draft Master Plan Revision and Draft Environmental Assessment.  The workshops will be held Feb. 4 and 5 to discuss the master plan update process and to collect public comments.

The drop-in workshops will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Heber Springs Community Center, Room 3, 201 Bobbie Jean Lane in Heber Springs, Ark., and from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Fairfield Bay Lions Club, 365 Dave Creek Parkway, in Fairfield Bay, Ark. Anyone interested in the future of Greers Ferry Lake is invited to drop in anytime during the workshops.

The Corps’ master plans set the vision for all use and development of a project’s federal public lands and waters surrounding our reservoirs, recognizing the ongoing activities of others in the watershed; specifically, environmental stewardship and recreation related purposes.

There will be resource tools associated with the draft documents to review and staff will be available to answer questions about the draft master plan and explain the difference between a master plan and a shoreline management plan.

A draft Environmental Assessment, which evaluates the potential impacts of each alternative, will also be available for review.

The Corps is requesting comments on the draft master plan and the draft Environmental Assessment.

The public’s input may be provided at the workshops or at any time during the public comment period. The comment period will run from Jan. 25 through Feb. 25.  Comments can be mailed to:  Greers Ferry Lake MP/EA Project Manager, Little Rock District, Programs and Project Management Division, P.O. Box 867, Little Rock, Ark., 72203; or email your comments to CESWL-GreersFerryLakeMasterPlan@usace.army.mil.  An on-line fillable comment card is available at https://go.usa.gov/xEbVb.

For more information about the master plan revision process go to the following website: https://go.usa.gov/xEbVb.

The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System

The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System averages 12 million tons of commodities shipments annually. Based on prices obtained from Institute for Water Resources and the National Agricultural Statistics Service/USDA, the value of these commodities averages from $2 to $3 billion per year.

The 445-mile navigation channel begins at the confluence of the White and Mississippi Rivers and proceeds one-half mile upstream on the White River to the Montgomery Point Lock and Dam. From there the channel proceeds nine miles upstream on the White River to the man made Arkansas Post Canal, and then nine miles through the canal to the Arkansas River.

The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System averages 12 million tons of commodities shipments annually. Based on prices obtained from Institute for Water Resources and the National Agricultural Statistics Service/USDA, the value of these commodities averages from $2 to $3 billion per year.

The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System crosses the state of Arkansas into Oklahoma traversing the state until it reaches the confluence of the Arkansas and Verdigris River where the navigation channel follows the Verdigris River terminating fifty-one miles upstream at the Port of Catoosa, near Tulsa, Oklahoma.