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Corps to hold public information meeting on Bakers Bend

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The United States Army Corps of Engineers will be holding a Public Information Meeting for the Bakers Bend Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation -Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Project on Nov. 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Baker's Bend Mitigation site.

According to a public notice, the Kansas City District of the Corps will be holding the meeting to "gain public input and provide information on potential environmental restoration measures" for the site. Bakers Bend consists of 237 acres of land, purchased by the Corps "by willing sellers" in 2008. The site is located 4 miles northeast of Grand Pass on Missouri River Mile 282 in Saline County. The Cranberry Bend Unit of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge is located adjacent to the site.

The notice states "environmental restoration of the site is authorized under the Corps' Missouri River Recovery Program and would contribute towards mitigating impacts to fish and wildlife resources resulting from the Corps' Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project (BSNP). "In addition, shallow water habitat, if developed would mitigate habitat lost as a result of the BSNP and contribute towards meeting habitat requirements for the Federally-listed endangered pallid sturgeon."

The restoration plan "will consider measures to restore terrestrial habitat on Bakers Bend and shallow water habitat on both Bakers Bend and the Cranberry Bend Unit. Current plans are for Bakers Bend to be managed by the US fish and Wildlife services with funding provided by the Corps MRRP."

This initial public information meeting is to provide "local interests and the general public the opportunity to provide input early in the planning process." Input concerning environmental and cultural resources is welcome "as development of an environmentally acceptable plan is critical to the Corps."

For more information, you can contact Jesse Granet, biologist at (816) 389-3470 or by email at jesse.j.granet@usace.army.mil

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