AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD.
SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District has
posted on http://glmris.anl.gov the Great Lakes and Mississippi River
Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Report. The GLMRIS Report presents a range of
options and technologies that could be applied to prevent aquatic
nuisance species (ANS) transfer between the Great Lakes and Mississippi
River basins through aquatic connections. Through a structured study
process, USACE identified thirteen ANS of Concern established in one
basin that posed a high or medium risk of adverse impacts by transfer
and establishment in the opposite basin. USACE analyzed and evaluated
available controls to address these ANS, and formulated alternatives
specifically for the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) with the goal
of preventing ANS transfer between the two basins.
USACE conducted GLMRIS in consultation with other federal agencies,
Native American tribes, state agencies, local governments and non-governmental organizations. For additional information regarding
GLMRIS, please refer to the project Web site http://glmris.anl.gov.
This notice announces a comment period during which USACE is
seeking public comment on the alternatives presented in the report.
This notice also announces the dates and times of public meetings
hosted by USACE for the purpose of providing the public an opportunity
to comment on alternatives and ask questions regarding the GLMRIS
DATES: USACE announces a public comment period beginning Monday,
January 6, 2014, through Monday, March 3, 2014. Please refer to the
"GLMRIS Report'' section below for instructions on comment submittal.
USACE will be hosting seven (7) public meetings to present
information on the GLMRIS Report and seek comment on alternatives
presented in the document. These meetings are open to the public.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or
questions about GLMRIS, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Project
Manager, Mr. David Wethington, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 231 S.
LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604, by phone: 312-846-5522 or by
For media inquiries, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Public
Affairs Officer, Ms. Lynne Whelan, by mail: USACE, Chicago District,
231 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604, by phone: 312-846-5330
or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.