Open House Gadsden AL

Senior Activity Center
623 Broad Street
Gadsden, AL 35901

March 27, 2013 4:00 pm -7:00 pm

Army Corps of Engineers Newsletter


February 23, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District (USACE), has officially released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the update of the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin (ACT) Water Control Master Manual (Master Manual). The Master Manual includes appendices prepared for individual projects in the ACT Basin and is the guide used by USACE to operate a system of five federal reservoir projects in the basin—Allatoona Dam and Lake, Carters Dam and Lake and Carters Reregulation Dam, Robert F. Henry Lock and Dam and R.E. “Bob” Woodruff Lake, Millers Ferry Lock and Dam and William “Bill” Dannelly Lake, and Claiborne Lock and Dam and Lake. USACE also has authority for flood risk management and water management control at four Alabama Power Company (APC) projects—Weiss, Neely Henry, Logan Martin, and R.L. Harris. Water Control Manuals for two APC projects—Neely Henry and R.L. Harris—are included in this update.

USACE is updating the water control plans and manuals for the ACT Basin in order to improve operations for authorized purposes to reflect changed conditions since the manuals were last developed. The purpose and need for the updated Master Manual is to determine how the federal projects in the ACT Basin should adjust operations for their authorized purposes, in light of current conditions and applicable law and to implement those operations through updated water control plans and manuals. The updated plans and manuals will comply with existing USACE regulations and reflect operations under existing congressional authorizations, taking into account changes in basin hydrology and demands from years of growth and development, new/rehabilitated structural features, legal developments, and environmental issues.

The DEIS and appendices are available to the public for review in the following formats:

Online as PDF documents at the ACT Document Library
As a CD or bound copies when requested in writing to: Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, Attn: PD-EI (ACT-DEIS), P.O. Box 2288, Mobile AL 36628
A limited number of CD copies will also be available at the DEIS open houses

Public Review and Comment

USACE invites all interested parties to submit comments on the DEIS. The public comment period will commence with the publication of this notice and will end 60 days after its publication. Comments may be submitted via the following methods:

Onsite at open houses through comment cards or the court reporter
Digitally by email or on the ACT Master Water Control Manual Update page
By letter addressed to: Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, Attn: PD-EI (ACT-DEIS), P.O. Box 2288, Mobile AL 36628

Open Houses

Open houses will be held at the following locations and times:

Monday, March 25
5:00 pm–8:00 pm at Cobb Conference Center:
755 Cobb Place Blvd, NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Tuesday, March 26
5:00 pm–8:00 pm at The Forum Civic Center:
2 Government Plaza, Rome, GA 301901
Wednesday, March 27
4:00 pm–7:00 pm at the Senior Activity Center:
623 Broad Street, Gadsden, AL 35901
Thursday, March 28
5:00 pm–8:00 pm at Auburn University-Montgomery:
Center for Lifelong Learning, 75 Techna Center Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117


Expected Timeline for the ACT Master Water Control Manual and EIS

November 2007
Corps Published Notice of Intent to prepare Draft EIS (DEIS)

October 2008
Scoping meetings

January 2009
Final Scoping Report released

February 2013
DEIS published

March 2013
DEIS public meetings

April 2013
DEIS Public Comment Period Ends

Summer 2013
Publish Final EIS

Summer 2013
Record of Decision Signed and Master Manual Submitted for Approval

October 2013
Master Manual Approval

For the most recent updates
on the project, visit
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 04:00 to 07:00