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NW Fishletter #387, Nov. 5, 2018
 Corps Releases Draft Mid-C Master Plan
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a new draft of the Mid-Columbia River Regional Master Plan, which is open to public comment through Oct. 21.
The plan serves as a strategic management document to guide recreational, natural and cultural resources on Corps-owned lands at Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day dams and their locks on the Columbia River, and Willow Creek Dam on Willow Creek in Morrow County, Ore. It includes objectives for the efficient and cost-effective management, development and use of these lands for the next 20 years.
Cultural resources, fish and wildlife, aquatic and terrestrial invasive species management, threatened and endangered species, ecological settings, recreational use and facilities are all included in the environmental assessment, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
The plan does not address water quality, water levels, flow rates or the operation and maintenance of these projects, according to the plan's introduction.
Master plans have been guiding the project lands since the 1970s to ensure that they are managed with national objectives and regional needs.
This is the Corps' second release of a draft master plan, which the agency estimates is now about 60 percent complete. The agency will consider comments provided for this draft in its 90 percent draft master plan, which will also be available for public review.
Written comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CENWP-PM-F/Gail Saldaña, P.O. Box 2946, Portland, OR, 97208-2946.
The agency is also hosting a public meeting which includes a short presentation on the plan, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Dallesport Community Center, 136 6th Ave. in Dallesport, Wash. -K.C. Mehaffey
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