Corps of Engineers to hold meeting on flood reduction

Photo: A view of DeSoto County along Highway 51 in Horn Lake during what was described as a “normal” spring rain event in 2016. (Courtesy photo)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will host a public meeting to inform the public and to solicit comments regarding the release of the revised draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (DIFR-EIS) for the Memphis Metropolitan Stormwater-North DeSoto County Feasibility Study, DeSoto County, Mississippi. The study area lies in the Horn Lake Creek-Nonconnah and Coldwater River basins in DeSoto County, Mississippi. The DIFR-EIS presents potential solutions to reduce damages from flood risk, channel instability, and to improve aquatic habitat in DeSoto County. Study documents can be downloaded from the project website

This public meeting notice is being posted per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Council of Environmental Quality’s Regulations for Implementing NEPA, Section 1506.6; Public Involvement and the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 in accordance with provisions of Title 33 CFR Parts 336.1(b)(1) and 337.1; the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106; and Executive Order #12898, Environmental Justice. The USACE invites the public; federal, state, and local agencies; Native American tribes; and other interested organizations to participate in the public meeting and to review and provide comments on the DIFR-EIS.

The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on June 2 at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven, MS 38671. A virtual presentation will occur simultaneously and will be available via Webex. To join from the meeting link: https://usace1.webex.com/usace1/j.php?MTID=m8c3d2095b33dee6b6aadc72688dceb1d

Meeting number (access code): 2764 945 9662, Meeting password: qmRznSP7@92. To join by phone: 1-844-800-2712 US Toll Free; Meeting number (access code): 2764 945 9662. The presentation will also be available on YouTube within one week after the completion of the live presentation. The link to the virtual presentation will be posted to the project website.

Interested individuals may provide comments and questions concerning this study in the following ways:

  • Public meeting, in person or by virtual attendance;
  • Regular U.S. Mail to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CEMVN-PDC-UDC), ATTN: Memphis Metropolitan Stormwater-North DeSoto County Feasibility Study, Regional Planning and Environment Division South, 167 North Main Street, Room B- 202, Memphis, Tennessee 38103-1894; and/or
  • Email to: CEMVM-DeSoto-Comments@usace.army.mil.

Please include your name and return address on the first page of your written comments. Comments related to the DIFR-EIS should be received no later than June 20, 2022, to be considered in the final integrated feasibility report and environmental impact statement. For additional information concerning the public meeting or the study, contact Andy Simmerman, Project Manager, 901-544-3920 or Andrea Carpenter, Environmental Manager, at 901-544-0817.

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