THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO AUG. 31, 2012The Army Corps of Engineers has released its Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS). The document describes the need for changes to the project which is currently unfinished. The DSEIS is available below.

As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the DSEIS evaluates specific alternatives or proposed actions for realigning a downstream section of a proposed floodwall, additional tree removal at previously constructed sections of the project and changes to mitigation of the project’s environmental impacts.

The DSEIS provides recommendations, aka Proposed Actions, to the project sponsor, The City of Indianapolis and its Department of Public Works, regarding flood risk reduction in the project study area. The document and public input process helps to determine a way ahead for the Corps and the City of Indianapolis to proceed.

A minimum 45-day public comment period begins with the Notice of Availability being published in the Federal Register. The expected date of publication is June 29, 2012. This time period allows for the public to comment on the study findings via email or letter to the Army Corps of Engineers. The comment period ends on Friday, August 31, 2012.

A public hearing on the DSEIS will also be scheduled as part of the Corps’ public input process. Check this site for updates on the public hearing.

The Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project is cost-shared by the federal government and the City of Indianapolis. Two parts of the levee are complete with the third section remaining. Flood risk reduction benefits are not realized until the total project is complete. A Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement will be assembled and distributed in the future.

To provide a written comment on the study, mail it to:

Mr. Michael Turner, CELRL-PM-P-E
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District
P.O. Box 59, Louisville, KY 40201-0059
Telephone 502.315.6900
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