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Posted 2/12/2016

Release no. 16-009


Contact
Clay Church
817-886-1314
clayton.a.church@usace.army.mil
819 Taylor Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host public scoping meetings on February 23 and 24, for the on-going Sulphur River Basin Feasibility Study.

The meetings will follow an open house style format that will use information tables with display boards (no formal presentations) to inform the public and other interested stakeholders on the proposed reallocation of flood storage to water supply at Wright Patman Lake, located in Bowie and Cass Counties, Texas.

The February 23 meeting will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Room of the Truman Arnold Student Center at Texarkana College, 2500 North Robinson Road, Texarkana, TX 75599. The February 24 meeting will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Civic Center located at 1800 N. Jefferson Avenue, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455.

To date, preliminary analysis on potential pool increases have been conducted at Wright Patman Lake. The alternatives considered in this study will be analyzed to determine potential impacts to the human and natural environment. The investigations and analyses used to determine the extent, if any, of flood storage that might be reallocated to water supply will be disclosed in an integrated Draft Feasibility Report and Draft Environmental Impact Statement. If reallocation is determined feasible and is pursued, the USACE will require a non-federal sponsor or sponsors for implementation. Any additional future water needs identified in the Texas State Water Plan for Regions C and D that are above what can be provided at Wright Patman Lake will not be addressed in this study.

Comments and questions regarding the public scoping meetings may be directed to Melinda Fisher, Environmental Lead, USACE, Regional Planning and Environmental Center, NEPA and Cultural Resources Section, 1645 S. 101st E. Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74128 or via email at melinda.fisher@usace.army.mil. Comments should be submitted by April 8. 

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About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and SWF Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Worth-District-US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers/188083711219308

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