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Reconnaissance Study for the Western Lake Huron Basin, Watershed Study, Michigan, Section 905(b)
CORPS OF ENGINEERS DETROIT MI DETROIT DISTRICT
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The purpose of the reconnaissance phase study is to review water resource problems and opportunities in the WLHB study area, consistent with the study authority, and to determine if there is a Federal Corps interest in participating in a cost-shared, feasibility phase study or studies to investigate and recommend plans and projects that warrant Federal participation. Federal interest means that a proposed project or remedy to a watershed problem or impairment falls within a Corps mission area i.e., ecosystem restoration, flood risk management, commercial navigation, hydropower, or storm damage reduction. It should be noted that this study also recognizes and includes remedial actions potential projects for watershed impairments that do not fall under Corps authorities Federal interest or that may be addressed by other Federal, state, or local agencies or other stakeholder groups. Section 110, as amended provides broad authority to address not only ecosystem restoration, but also Great Lakes water resource problems related to traditional Corps mission areas e.g., navigation, flood risk management, etc.. This reconnaissance study is GLRI funded and, consistent with GLRI, focuses on restoration initiatives. Several non-restoration issues were identified in the course of preparing this study. The non-restoration issues are herein noted, however, as part of this study, those items will not be addressed for further examination. In response to the study authority, this reconnaissance study was initiated in May 2011. Based on investigations conducted during the reconnaissance phase, this study found that there is a Federal interest in further study at various locations in the WLHB. The purposes of this Section 905b study are to document the basis for this finding and to establish the scope of any resultant feasibility phase.
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