Walla Walla, WA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District (Corps) invites your comments on the May 2022 Federal Participation in Watercraft Inspection Stations, Updated Integrated Letter Report and Programmatic Environmental Assessment, Columbia River Basin (LR/PEA) and associated Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
The LR/PEA updates the previously approved 2017 LR/PEA of the same title by presenting the results of new economic and environmental impact evaluations. The 2022 LR/PEA recommends that the federal government include the states of Nevada and Wyoming in the cost-sharing effort for the ongoing and successful state-managed Watercraft Inspection Program to establish and operate watercraft inspection stations to protect the Columbia River Basin from aquatic invasive species specifically zebra and quagga mussels. The current program is operated in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
The 30-day review and comment period is open from May 17 to June 17, 2022. Comments may be filed online at http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/EnvironmentalComplianceComment/ or via email to NEPANWW@usace.army.mil, inserting “AIS Letter Report” in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District
ATTN: CENWW-PPL-C (AIS Letter Report)
201 North Third Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362-1876
The LR/PEA, Draft FONSI, and all supporting appendices are available in electronic form at the Corps website at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/EnvironmentalCompliance.aspx If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Environmental Coordinator, at 509-527-7245.
Release no. 22-031