One Lake project's Feasibility Study/Environmental Impact Statement (FS/EIS) and other required documents may be sent to the Army Corps of Engineers as early as this September, a spokesperson for the Pearl River River Vision Foundation reported at the Rankin Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District (Levee Board) meeting this morning. Here's a partial list of all of the potential hurdles required of the Levee Board before and after the FS/EIS report is sent to the Corps.
Before sending the FS/EIS to the Corps, the project sponsors must:
Once complete, send FS/EIS and other required documents to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works ((ASA(CW)). Upon receipt of the FS/EIS, the ASA(CW) will refer the study to the Chief of Engineers for review and comments. The ASA(CW) will review for compliance with law, policy and procedures. ASA (CW) will submit to the Committee on the Environment and Public Works of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report that describes whether the project if feasible and any recommendations or conditions. Office of Water Project Review (OWPR) will prepare comments. OWPR will dispatch letters transmitting information regarding the project proposal, draft environmental compliance documents and related documents to State and Federal agencies for comment.
Once the FS/EIS is deemed acceptable to the ASA (CW), the project sponsors must:
ASA(CW) will prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact or Record of Decision. ASA(CW) will submit its recommendation to the Office of Management and Budget and then to Congress.
If ASA (CW) issues positive Record of Decision, the project sponsors must then:
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