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Update: Comment period on proposed LORS deviation extended


Comment period on proposed LORS deviation extended

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has extended the comment period for a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and proposed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for a proposed deviation to the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) 2008.

The new deadline for comments is Sept. 5, providing the public an additional 15 days to review and comment on the proposed deviation that will provide the agency additional water management flexibility at Lake Okeechobee to help address harmful algae blooms (HABs).

Due to the urgency of the potential operational changes, an expedited draft EA and proposed FONSI was prepared to assess environmental impacts associated with the proposed deviation. During the first week of the comment period, the Corps received a few requests for an extension of the initial 15-day comment period.

The draft EA and proposed FONSI are available at www.saj.usace.army.mil/Deviations/.

Comments will be accepted by mail at Jacksonville District Corps of Engineers, 701 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207-8175, and by email at Melissa.a.nasuti@usace.army.mil.