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Corps taking comments on LOWRP draft agreement

By Staff | Oct 23, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jacksonville District announced a 30-day public comment period on the Draft Programmatic Agreement for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project.

Comments are due by Oct. 31.

The agreement will establish the process the Corps will follow for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservations Act, to take into account the potential effects of the specific project phase or feature on historic properties. It will be among the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida State Historic Preservation Office and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

View the agreement at usace.contentdm.oclc.org/utils/getfile/collection/p16021coll7/id/12402.

Submit comments via email to Meredith.A.Moreno@usace.army.mil or by mail to Meredith Moreno, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019.

The agreement is the product of multiple consultations with the district’s federal, state and tribal partners and is intended to address the identification and evaluation of historic properties and potential effects to historic properties arising from the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project.

The LOWRP is the only Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) project in development north of Lake Okeechobee designed to increase water storage capacity in the watershed in an effort to achieve ecologically desirable water levels in Lake Okeechobee, improve the quantity and timing of discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries, restore degraded habitat for fish and wildlife throughout the study area, and increase the spatial extent and functionality of wetlands.

For more on the LOWRP, visit www.saj.usace.army.mil/LOWRP/.