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Posted 3/13/2015

Release no. 15-033


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John Campbell
904-232-1004
john.h.campbell@usace.army.mil

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has released an environmental report for public review on its proposal for additional embankment repairs on Herbert Hoover Dike surround Lake Okeechobee.

The report, known as an environmental assessment and draft finding of no significant impact focuses on a Corps proposal to extend embankment repairs in a six-mile area between Lake Harbor and Belle Glade on the south side of the lake.  The document will be available for a 60-day review, with comments accepted until May 10. 

“As the Corps has worked through a dam safety modification study regarding the features needed to reduce risk at the dike, we have identified the need for additional embankment repairs west of Belle Glade,” said Tim Willadsen, Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation project manager.  “The proposed repairs would help realize the full benefits of repairs we completed from 2007 to 2013 between Belle Glade and Port Mayaca when we installed a partial cutoff wall in the dike. 

The proposed repairs would close a remaining gap in what’s known as Common Consequence zone A, which runs the length of the dike between Lake Harbor and Port Mayaca.  The Corps proposes starting construction in 2017 and would likely take two years to complete.

The environmental assessment and draft finding of no significant impact can be viewed at the following website: http://1.usa.gov/1KRiFb3.  Physical copies of the documents will also be available at the following locations:

Clewiston Public Library
120 West Osceola Avenue
Clewiston, FL  33440

Loula V. York Branch Library
525 Bacon Point Road
Pahokee, FL  33476

Palm Beach County Lirbary
3650 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL  33406

Comments will be accepted through May 10, 2015 and can be sent to Stacie Auvenshine in the Environmental Branch at the Corps’ Jacksonville District office:
• Electronic comments can be emailed to stacie.j.auvenshine@usace.army.mil.
• Written comments can be mailed to:

Stacie Auvenshine
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District
P.O. Box 4970
Jacksonville, FL  32232-0019

For more information on the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation project, please visit the Jacksonville District website at
http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/LakeOkeechobee/HerbertHooverDike.aspx.

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