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Hearings scheduled on Intake Dam fish passage project

Hearings scheduled on Intake Dam fish passage project

Concrete weir

This drawing shows a cross section of the concrete weir that was proposed to be constructed upstream from the existing rock ramp on the Yellowstone River.

Three public hearings have been scheduled this week by the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the Intake Diversion Dam fish passage project and its draft environmental impact statement.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday at the Richland County Fair Event Center in Sidney. On Wednesday the meeting moves to the Dawson County High School Auditorium in Glendive. The final meeting is on Thursday at the Lincoln Center in Billings. All three meetings start at 5:30 p.m. 

The agency, in concert with the Bureau of Reclamation, is proposing to build a $57 million fish bypass around Intake Dam on the Yellowstone River to allow endangered pallid sturgeon and other native fish the ability to migrate farther upstream to spawn. The agencies' proposal has been challenged in court by environmentalists.

An addendum to the draft EIS has been posted to the website and the comment period has been extended to July 28.

Written comments can be submitted following the meeting or sent to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, Attn: CENWO-PM-AA, 1616 Capitol Avenue, Omaha, NE 68102; or emailed to cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil.

For more information about the project visit: www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/loweryellowstone.

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