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Beaver Lake Land Acquisition Study   

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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

Draft Environmental Assessment will be released on 3-9-22. Public Workshop will be held on 3-16-22

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a drop-in public workshop from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 16 at the Four Points by Sheraton Bentonville, 211 SE Walton Blvd., Bentonville, Arkansas to discuss the process to acquire private land parcels that are frequently inundated by Beaver Lake during normal lake elevations and make comments about the Draft Environmental Assessment. All interested persons are invited to attend the workshop. 

The public’s input may be provided at the workshop or at any time during the public comment period. The draft Environmental Assessment will be released and posted on the Beaver Lake Land Acquisition webpage on March 9 and the public  comment period will run from March 16 through April 15.  Comments may be submitted via mail, email or fax with attention to: U. S.  Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Real Estate Division, ATTN: Chief, Acquisition Branch, P.O. Box 867, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203 or email to:CESWL-BeaverLakeAcquisitionPublicComment@usace.army.mil.  

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

 

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