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Greetings ---
I am emailing you this notice because if you have an interest in the wildlife and waterfowl that inhabit or pass through the Missouri River basin, then you should at least be aware that there is a significant group (there are two others: MRRIC and MREP) that will have some authority and say in how the Corps of Engineers manages the river and tributaries over the next 50 years. To me as a waterfowler, birdwatcher, outdoorsman, mentor, hunter and land owner in the basin, this is pretty important to me. Of the 8 recognized uses of the river, wildlife and habitat are the lowest in priority. I would hope that when this whole process if complete, habitat and wildlife will rank at least 2 points higher, i.e., 6th. Public input is needed. Please at least skim this notice and when you hear or read of some Missouri River action, make a mental note. This group's actions may well effect the river and the basin for several generations. Please pass this notice to like-minded persons and groups. Join their mailing list.

Thanks and regards,
Mo. Valley Waterfowler

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Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study News

April 16, 2010

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This is the first in a series of email communications designed to keep you informed about the latest status of the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study (MRAPS) and associated study events. You will continue to receive these emails unless you opt out by pressing the SafeUnsubscribe link near the bottom of this email.
Study Overview
The Authorized Purposes Study is a congressionally authorized effort to re-evaluate the Flood Control Act of 1944. MRAPS is the first-ever review of the legislation that created the system of dams and reservoirs on the Missouri River and major tributaries. The study will analyze the current eight authorized purposes in view of current basin values and priorities to determine if changes to these purposes and existing Federal water resource infrastructure may be warranted. The study began in October 2009, and is targeted for completion in five years. The eight authorized purposes are (in no particular order): Irrigation, Water Quality, Flood Control, Recreation, Navigation, Hydropower, Water Supply, and Fish and Wildlife. The study team will work collaboratively with Tribes, Federal and State agencies, stakeholders, and the general public to seek input to the study through a wide variety of communications tools.

Scoping Meetings
The Omaha District and the Kansas City District, US Army Corps of Engineers invite you to participate in our upcoming series of MRAPS public scoping meetings.

During the scoping process, you can provide formal comments, suggestions, and recommendations to the Corps regarding the study. The scoping process will include 30 open-house style meetings for the public, and 11 Tribal focused meetings. Public meetings will include:

Information materials about the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study;
One-on-one opportunities to ask questions, discuss the study and describe what is important to you with Corps representatives; and
Comment cards for your written comments. A court reporter will be at the meetings for those who wish to make formal verbal comments.
Public scoping meetings are scheduled in the following towns. All public scoping meetings will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants may attend at their convenience.
Tuesday, May 25: Mobridge, South Dakota, Scherr Howe Arena, 212 N. Main St., Mobridge, SD 57601
Wednesday, May 26: Pierre, South Dakota, AmericInn & Suites Conference Center, 312 Island Dr., Fort Pierre, SD 57532 (plus an additional Tribal meeting in nearby location TBA)
Thursday, May 27: Rapid City, South Dakota, Best Western Ramkota Rapid City Hotel and Conference Center, 2111 N. LaCrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701 (plus an additional Tribal meeting in nearby location TBA)
Tuesday, June 1: Jefferson City, Missouri, Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conv Ctr, 415 W. McCarty St., Jefferson City, MO 65101
Wednesday, June 2: Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza, 4445 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64111
Thursday, June 3: St. Joseph, Missouri, Ramada St. Joseph, 4016 Frederick Blvd., St. Joseph, MO 64506
Tuesday, June 15: Fort Peck, Montana, Fort Peck Interpretive Center & Museum, Lower Yellowstone Rd., Fort Peck, MT 59223 (plus additional Tribal meeting in nearby location TBA)
Wednesday, June 16: Williston, North Dakota, Williston Event Center, 3712 4th Ave W, Williston, ND 58801 (plus additional Tribal meeting in a nearby location TBA)
Thursday, June 17: Bismarck, North Dakota, Best Western Doublewood Inn, 1400 E. Interchange Ave., Bismarck, ND 58501 (plus additional Tribal meeting in nearby location TBA)
Friday, June 18: Fargo, North Dakota, Holiday Inn of Fargo, 3803 13th Ave. South, Fargo, ND 58103 (plus additional Tribal meeting in nearby location TBA)
Tuesday, June 22: Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mid-America Center, One Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Wednesday, June 23: Nebraska City, Nebraska, Fraternal Order of Eagles, 600 1st Corso, Nebraska City, NE 68410
Thursday, June 24: Lincoln, Nebraska, Holiday Inn Hotel Lincoln-Downtown, 141 N. 9th St., Lincoln, NE 68508
Wednesday, July 7: New Orleans, Louisiana, Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA 70065
Thursday, July 8: Memphis, Tennessee, Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Memphis, TN 38118
Friday, July 9: St. Louis, Missouri, Doubletree Hotel St. Louis at Westport, 1973 Craigshire, St. Louis, MO 63146
Tuesday, July 13: Topeka, Kansas, Holiday Inn Holidome (Topeka West), 605 SW Fairlawn Rd., Topeka, KS 66606 (plus additional Tribal meeting in nearby location TBA)
Wednesday, July 14: Salina, Kansas, Ramada Conference Center, 1616 W. Crawford, Salina, KS 67401
Thursday, July 15: Manhattan, Kansas, Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502
Tuesday, July 27: Rock Island, Illinois, Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, 226 17th St., Rock Island, IL 61201
Wednesday, July 28: Des Moines, Iowa, Holiday Inn Hotel Des Moines-Airport/Conference Center, 6111 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, IA 50321
Thursday, July 29: Sioux City, Iowa, Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center, 300 3rd St., Sioux City, IA 51101
Friday, July 30: Yankton, South Dakota, Riverfront Event Center, 121 W. 3rd St. (3rd and Walnut), Yankton, SD 57078 (plus additional Tribal meeting in nearby location TBA)
Tuesday, Aug. 3: Cheyenne, Wyoming, Holiday Inn Cheyenne I-80, 204 West Fox Farm Rd., Cheyenne, WY 82007
Wednesday, Aug. 4: North Platte, Nebraska, Sandhills Convention Center at Quality Inn & Suites, 2102 South Jeffers, North Platte, NE 69101
Thursday, Aug. 5: Denver, Colorado, Doubletree Hotel Denver-Southeast, 13696 East Iliff Place, Aurora, CO 80014
Tuesday, Aug. 17: Helena, Montana, Red Lion Colonial Hotel-Helena, 2301 Colonial Dr., Helena, MT 59601 (plus additional Tribal meeting in nearby location TBA)
Wednesday, Aug. 18: Billings, Montana, Holiday Inn Hotel The Grand Montana-Billings, 5500 Midland Rd., Billings, MT 59101 (plus additional Tribal meeting in nearby location TBA)
Thursday, Aug. 19: Thermopolis, Wyoming, Days Inn Thermopolis Hot Springs Convention Center, 115 E. Park St., Thermopolis, WY 82443 (plus additional Tribal meeting in nearby location TBA)
Friday, Aug. 20: Casper, Wyoming, Best Western Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, 800 N. Poplar, Casper, WY 82601
Note: Additional Tribal-focused meetings will be conducted in a nearby location as indicated above. Upcoming announcements will provide more details on the Tribal meetings (exact locations, times).

If you require assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act please send your NAME and PHONE via email to [email protected] at least three days prior to the meeting you plan to attend. Persons who use a telecommunications service for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877-8339, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to relay this same information.

Contact Information
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You can send questions regarding the scoping process or the study to the Omaha District Corps of Engineers at [email protected]; or send questions to the Kansas City District Corps of Engineers at [email protected].

Correspondence regarding the study may be addressed to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attn: CENWO-PM-AA
1616 Capital Avenue
Omaha, NE 68102-4901

For more information about the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study, visit our website at http://www.mraps.org/. and request that you be added to our mailing list for future updates.

Media Contacts should be directed to:
Omaha District Public Affairs Ofc, 888-835-5971.
 

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if you waterfowl eastern nebraska,western iowa,western kanas, eastern mo.you have chance to start improvin our habitat and the amount of birds you,your children and grand children will see.tonight council bluffs,tomarrow neb.city ,thursday lincoln neb.and july28 des moins.with all the rain and floodin we have this shows all the habitat that has been LOST.......lets get some of it back..and the FOWL. thanks bad dog
 

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I might be able to make the one in Sioux City because I'll probably be in town but I have a few questions about it. Are these meetings like the nrc duck season meeting? What is it that they're actually looking to do to the river? I remember reading about some group in Missouri that wants to screw the river up worse but I can't recall how; is this related to that?

I would love to see our stretch of the river more like it is supposed to be with oxbows that are actually able to hold water and less like the channelized ditch it currently is, where the water table is so screwed up that the river pulls water out of its adjoining wetlands.
 

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Lets just say that you get to say what you just said and explain your thoughts as to why these things are happening and how and whom you expect to address the problem.

I wasn't able to get down to Council Bluffs tonight but will be at the one in Sioux City.

There are areas where they can make habitat what it once was and in a lot of cases as it relates to hydrology and wetlands out in the flood plains, fixing that dam ditch is going to be critical to maintaining quality waterfowl habitat and being able to manage it properly.

As long as that dam river channel stays at 18 to 22 ft in a lot of places we are going to be in trouble when it comes to fall migratory habitat and the management there of.

Remember it was designed for 9ft not 18 or 22.

Hope to see you at the Sioux City site.

Bill Smith
712-253-0362
[email protected]
 
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