US Army Corps of Engineers
Little Rock District Website

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GIS Map of Project Area

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Narrated Project Video

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Beaver Lake Land Acquisition Study

The purpose of this page is to inform the public and stakeholders that an acquisition study has started on Beaver Lake.  This page and the information it contains will help define the plan, detail the framework of the study, describe the possible acquisition process, and provide instructions on how to participate.

Why conduct the study?

When land was originally acquired for Beaver Lake in the 1950s, the plan was to purchase property around the inundation area up to elevation 1128 mean sea level. However, funding and resource issues limited the government’s ability to do so. This limitation has resulted in private property being flooded during periods of high water as Beaver Lake fulfills its authorized mission as a flood-control reservoir. To address this long-standing issue, USACE has received funding to study the problem, formulate alternatives, and if acquisition is approved, begin acquiring some of these low-lying areas. 

Announcements

Public Comment Period Starts 5-11-2021

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, USACE will begin a public comment period around this study from May 11 to June 10, 2021. This public comment period provides an opportunity for landowners and the public to discuss possible options, including potential land acquisition, or to suggest alternatives to address the flooding of private lands. During this time, comments, concerns, and questions can be emailed to the following address: 

CESWL-BeaverLakeAcquisitionPublicComment@usace.army.mil.  

Comments may also be sent by mail to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Real Estate Division, ATTN Chief, Real Estate, P.O. Box 867, Little Rock, AR 72203. 

Questions about this study on Beaver Lake can be directed to the Beaver Lake Project Office at 501-340-1230 or 501-340-1702.  

 

What is NEPA?

The National Environmental Policy Act is our basic national charter for protection of the environment. It is foremost a procedural law that helps ensure that federal decision makers take a hard look at the potential effects of a proposed action and allow the public and other stakeholders to comment on the federal agency’s effects analysis and consideration of reasonable alternatives. The NEPA analysis helps these decision makers understand the environmental consequences of the alternatives in comparative form before making a decision. This “hard look” is informed by the public and other stakeholders, starting with a project or study’s scoping phase.

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The environmental review process that accompanies Corps planning studies and its value to the public are not always easy to understand. Recognizing this, and to help the public and organizations effectively participate in federal agency environmental reviews, the Council on Environmental Quality wrote the informational A Citizen’s Guide to the NEPA