Omaha, Neb. —The Missouri River Basin Water Management office is providing
notice that the five public meetings scheduled throughout the basin Oct. 8-10
regarding the draft Annual Operating Plan (AOP) are cancelled due to the lapse
of Federal appropriations.
“We value the opportunity these meetings normally provide to meet with
stakeholders and answer their questions about our planned operation of the
reservoir system,” said Jody Farhat, Chief of the Water Management office. “But
unfortunately, these meetings are not considered a critical function during the
government shutdown.” The meetings were originally scheduled for the following
dates and locations: Oct.8 - Nebraska City, Neb. and Kansas City, Mo.; Oct. 9 -
Fort Peck, Mont.; and Oct. 10 - Bismarck, N.D. and Pierre, S.D.
There are no plans to reschedule the meetings due to the continued budget
uncertainty and long lead time required to schedule the series of meetings;
however, once the lapse in appropriations has been resolved, a conference call
will be scheduled to take comments and answer questions. Details will be
provided in a news release and posted on the Corps website when available.
The Corps website at: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/ includes a copy of
the draft AOP; the presentation intended for use during the public meetings will
be posted on Oct. 8. As previously announced, the comment period will remain
open until Nov.15. Comments may be emailed through the “Contact Us” link on the
website, or mailed to the address below:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division
Attn: Missouri River Water Management
1616 Capitol Ave, Suite 365
Omaha, NE 68102
The final AOP will be released in December.