ROCK ISLAND, Illinois. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released The Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study – Brandon Road Final Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement (GLMRIS-Brandon Road Report and EIS). A review period will run November 23 through December 24. The report can be found at www.mvr.usace.army.mil/GLMRIS-BR.
The GLMRIS-Brandon Road Report and EIS presents a plan to prevent, to the maximum extent possible, aquatic nuisance species, such as Asian carp, from moving from the Mississippi River basin to the Great Lakes basin through the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS). The recommended plan is the Technology Alternative – Acoustic Fish Deterrent with Electric Barrier, which includes: nonstructural measures, acoustic deterrent, bubble curtain, engineered channel, electric barrier, flushing lock and boat ramps. The report provides a detailed description of these measures.
The Corps is working closely with the State of Illinois and all Great Lakes stakeholders to ensure that an implementable and sustainable plan results from the study. Following this final review period, the Corps is on track to submit the GLMRIS-Brandon Road Report and EIS to the Chief of Engineers for approval by February 2019.
Comments on the GLMRIS-Brandon Road Report and EIS can be sent to GLMRIS-BR@usace.army.mil. Comments may also be mailed to: U.S. Army Engineers Rock Island District Attn: GLMRIS-BR Project Manager, P.O. Box 2004 Rock Island, Illinois, 61204-2004.
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Release no. 18-070