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Final PEIS for Oyster Restoration
June 19, 2009


Corps, state agencies release Final PEIS for oyster restoration

According to information available from the Norfolk District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials with the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission released a key study June 10th, 2009 that identifies the preferred approach to restoring the oyster population of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement addresses a variety of proposed strategies and concludes that a combination of alternatives involving only the native Eastern oyster is the preferred approach for restoring the Bay’s oyster population.

Corps’ scientists filed the Final PEIS with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and it appeared in the Federal Register June 12th, 2009. The publication of the document begins a 30-day public comment period. Upon conclusion of the comment period, officials with the lead agencies will publish a formal record of decision.

Citizen comments should reference the Final PEIS and be directed to Mark Mansfield at: Mark.T.Mansfield@usace.army.mil, or by mail to:

Department of the Army
Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers
Attn: Mr. Mark Mansfield
Chief, Planning and Policy Branch
803 Front Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510-1096

The Final PEIS documents are available online.


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