OMAHA, NEBRASKA – (DRG News) A series of meetings that were scheduled by the Corps of Engineers for this week along the Missouri River basin were cancelled due to what the Corps sites as the lapse of Federal appropriations. The meetings were to have started Tuesday in Nebraska and would have ended today in Pierre. Jody Farhat, Chief of the Water Management office in Omaha, Nebraska says the five public meetings on the draft Annual Operating Plan were cancelled due to the partial government shutdown. Farhat says though the meetings aren’t being held, the public can still look at the draft AOP online and offer comments by sending an email or a letter. Although the meetings won’t be rescheduled, Farhat says it’s possible that a public conference call could be scheduled to allow basin residents to ask questions and offer comments on the Corps’ operating plan via phone.
Farhat says they will inform basin residents if a public teleconference is held in the future.
Farhat says the Corps plans to continue implementing measures to conserve water in the Mainstem Reservoir System in future months, despite recent higher than normal precipitation levels in the basin.
The Corps plans to issue its final Annual Operating Plan in December.
(To view the draft AOP, visit http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/. Comments on the draft plan are being accepted through November 15.)
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