HNN Staff
ST. LOUIS– On Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
is holding a public scoping meeting along with the Office of the Asian Carp
Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality, in Alton from 2:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m. at the National Great Rivers Museum, located at 2 Locks & Dam Way,
to gather input on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study
(GLMRIS).
The public is invited to attend this scoping meeting and to provide
comments on GLMRIS. Identical presentations about the study will be given at
2:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., each followed by the comment period. The purpose of
GLMRIS is to evaluate a range of options and technologies to prevent the
transfer of aquatic nuisance species (ANS), such as Asian carp, between the
Great Lakes and Mississippi River through aquatic pathways.

Using input obtained during the scoping period, USACE will refine the scope of
GLMRIS to focus on significant issues, as well as eliminate issues that are not
significant from further detailed study. Issues associated with GLMRIS are
likely to include, but will not be limited to: significant natural resources,
such as ecosystems and threatened and endangered species; commercial and
recreational fisheries; recreational uses of the lakes and waterways; effects of
potential ANS controls on waterways uses such as: flood risk management,
commercial and recreational navigation; and statutory and legal responsibilities
relative to the effected waterways.

In addition to St. Louis, USACE will hold upcoming public scoping meetings in
the following metropolitan locations: Vicksburg, Miss; Milwaukee, Wis. and New
Orleans, La. Specific meeting venues and dates will be announced in Federal
Register notices, the GLMRIS Web site and other media.

The public scoping comment period will end on March 31, 2011. If you plan to
make an oral comment, please register on the GLMRIS Web site. Oral comments will
be limited to three minutes per commenter. Comments can also be submitted
electronically through the Web site. Each scoping meeting will consist of two
separate three-hour sessions to allow as many attendees as possible.

An ANS is a nonindigenous species that threatens the diversity or abundance of
native species; the ecological stability of infested waters; or the commercial,
agricultural, aquacultural or recreational activities dependent on such water.
As a result of international commerce, travel and local practices, ANS have been
introduced and spread throughout the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.
Connected primarily by man-made channels, ANS transfer was impeded historically
by the poor water quality of those waterways. Recent water quality improvements
have lessened that impediment making it more likely for ANS transfer between the
two basins to occur.

For more information regarding GLMRIS, the meeting agenda and scoping
requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, visit the GLMRIS Web site
at www.glmris.anl.gov or call Dave Wethington, GLMRIS project manager, at
312-846-5522 or e-mail at David.M.Wethington@usace.army.mil. Facebook.com/glmris
and Twitter @GLMRIS.