Comment period open, workshops planned for Corps shoreline plan


The comment period is open and a number of workshops have been set as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on its draft of the Bull Shoals Lake Shoreline Management Plan update.

The Corps of Engineers is hosting workshops beginning February 26th and continuing through March 1st to share the draft shoreline management plan and collect public comments.

A draft environmental assessment, evaluating the potential impacts of each alternative, will also be available for review.

The draft documents are online at: https://go.usa.gov/xnpue Shoreline Management .

The drop-in style workshops will be held at the following locations and evenings from 5:00 until 7:00: February 26th at the Lutie School cafeteria and gym located at 5802 U.S. Highway 160 in Theodosia; February 27th at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home's Vada Sheid Community Development Center located at 1600 South College Street in Mountain Home; February 28th at the Quality Inn Convention Center located at 1210 U.S. Highway 62/65N in Harrison; and March 1st at the Forsyth Public School cafeteria located at 178 Panther Road in Forsyth.

Anyone interested in the future of shoreline activity use around Bull Shoals Lake is invited to drop in anytime during the workshops.

At the workshops, representatives from the Corps will present an overview of the draft plan, answer questions and gather comments from the public.

The public's input may be provided at the workshops or at any time during the public comment period.

The comment period runs through March 16th. Comments may be mailed to the Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Programs and Project Management Division, ATTN: Bull Shoals SMP, P.O. Box 867, Little Rock, AR 72203-0867 or e-mailed to m4xbslsmp@usace.army.mil. An on-line fillable comment card is available at https://go.usa.gov/xnpue comments.

The Corps announced a temporary halt to new shoreline use requests in April 2016 to facilitate the SMP revision process remaining in effect until the completion of the plan.

The shoreline management plan for Bull Shoals Lake establishes policy and furnishes guidelines for the protection and preservation of the desirable environmental characteristics of the shoreline while maintaining a balance between public and private shoreline use.

For more information about the draft shoreline management plan visit the following website: https://go.usa.gov/xnpue Draft shoreline management plan.

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