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Emerson: Public comments needed on Birds Point repair

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WASHINGTON -- Residents, business owners and workers in areas affected by the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway levee repair are urged to take part in a public comment period on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers draft notice of Environmental Assessment.

"At every point in the process of levee repair and restoration, the Corps needs to hear the voices of people in Southern Missouri who depend on the land floodway for their livelihoods. For some, there is deep meaning in the churches, homes and community structures located in the floodway. For others, they rely on the jobs and income from their land and work. We must take advantage of every opportunity to express the importance of this project," Eighth District Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said.

The draft notice includes a finding of No Significant Impact from the six proposed repair actions outlined in the document.

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