ACT Basin Final Scoping Report Available
The Mobile Engineer District has released the final scoping report documenting feedback the district received during hearings and public comments on a planned study of the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin.
The public scoping process sought input on key concerns and issues about the combined study effort for the Allatoona Lake water supply storage reallocation study and the Weiss and Logan Martin reservoirs proposed flood operational changes.
More than 400 members of the public and other stakeholders attended five public meetings, held in the ACT basin, in late July and early August. The Corps received more than 170 formal comments from written letters, comment forms, statements at the hearings and emails.
The comments were summarized into five broad categories, then further subcategorized and discussed in the scoping report. Most of the comments received focused on Corps water-management practices; operations associated with Corps-authorized project purposes; and water-based recreational (lake levels), regional economic, and water quality areas of concern.
Canvassing at the public meetings identified similar concerns, with a substantial number of participants identifying recreation and water quality as leading environmental resource considerations.
The comments and other information received will be considered during the study process to develop alternatives, evaluate their effectiveness to project operations, and aid in the preparation of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).
The Final Scoping Report can be found online at https://go.usa.gov/xPBQd.