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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Operations plan for Woodruff under review

Published 04/14/2008
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District has reinitiated consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on modifications to the Interim Operations Plan (IOP) at Jim Woodruff Dam to include a drought contingency plan and additional opportunities to conserve storage as we enter and exit drought conditions while still providing support for listed species and their critical habitat in the Apalachicola River.

"The current Exceptional Drought Operation Plan expires on June 1, 2008," said E. Patrick Robbins, public affairs officer, Mobile District. "Based upon review of the current species information, basin stakeholder input, lessons learned from 2006-07, and continuing discussions between the Corps and USFWS, the Corps has requested reinitiation of formal consultation under the Endangered Species Act on proposed modifications to the IOP at Jim Woodruff Dam. Consultation discussions between the Corps and FWS over the coming weeks may identify additional modifications that provide for further avoidance and minimization measures."

The Corps proposal and supporting documents are available on the Mobile District Web site at http://www.sam.usace.army.mil


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