U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks public review, comments on proposed Ecosystem Restoration Project

Published June 13, 2019

PITTSBURGH, PA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, will be accepting comments on the Proposed Plan for the Seneca Nation Ecosystem Restoration Project at the Allegheny reservoir located on Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) Territory in Cattaraugus County, NY.

Who: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District.

What: Pittsburgh District has prepared the following documents for a proposed ecosystem restoration project: an Integrated Detailed Project Report, an Environmental Assessment and a Finding of No Significant Impact. The district is seeking feedback on the documents during a 30-day public comment period. The district and the Seneca Nation will also host a public meeting at the Seneca Nation headquarters to allow the public to express concerns and provide input about the project.

Where: The drafts for an Integrated Detailed Project Report, an Environmental Assessment and a Finding of No Significant Impact are available online at:  http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Planning-Programs-Project-Management/

Comments can be submitted the following ways:

• Via mail to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Planning and Environmental Branch, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

• Via email to lrp.plan.enviro@usace.army.mil. Please include the project title "Seneca Nation of Indians Ecosystem Restoration Project" in the email subject line.

• At the public meeting at 5 p.m. on June 24 at the Seneca Nation headquarters located at 90 Ohiyo Way, Salamanca, New York 14779.

When: The public comment period will open on June 17 and close on July 17. Pittsburgh District will consider all comment submissions submitted or postmarked on or before July 17. An open house-style meeting will take place at the SNI headquarters on June 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to contribute comments at any time during the meeting.

Why: The purpose of the study is to formulate and analyze a series of ecosystem restoration alternatives to restore ecosystem function, structure and dynamic processes to the Allegheny reservoir, where the construction and operation of the Kinzua Dam has directly contributed to the degradation of local environment quality. The meeting will be held to inform the public about the recommended plan and give the community an opportunity to ask questions and submit comments.

For additional information, please write to lrp.plan.enviro@usace.army.mil.

Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York. Our jurisdiction includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose reservoirs, 42 local flood protection projects and other projects to protect and enhance the nation’s water resources, infrastructure and environment.

For media inquiries, contact the Public Affairs Office at 412-395-7500 or email: celrp-pa@usace.army.mil.

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