At 10 p.m. last night, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that this morning at 10 a.m. they would began hosting a conference call for interested members of the public to ask questions about the Focus Area 2 Aquatic Pathways Assessment Summary Report, released Sept. 14 for public comment.
This report presents the methodology and key evidence used to assess the potential for transfer of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins through several aquatic pathways. A total of 18 potential aquatic pathway reports, and one report for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will be released, in phases, by state, as part of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS), Focus Area 2. Two reports for Minnesota were released Sept. 25.
Call-in information: USA Toll-Free: 877-336-1839, USA Caller Paid/International Toll: 636-651-0008, access Code: 8506361, Security Code: 0000 .
The overall objective of the Focus Area 2 portion of GLMRIS is to produce an interim report for each potential aquatic pathway that is found between the two basins. Each report evaluates key evidence from the available information to qualitatively estimate the likelihood of an aquatic pathway forming and ANS being able to utilize it to reach the adjacent basin. Included in many of these pathway assessments, and included in the summary report, are some potential actions or opportunities that were identified that might prevent or reduce the probability of ANS transfer occurring between the basins. These reports are the next step in a tiered approach to assess the risk associated with the spread of ANS between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.
The comment period will close Oct. 14, 2012. Comments may be submitted electronically at www.glmris.anl.gov or mailed to GLMRIS Focus Area 2, Summary Report Comments, 1776 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207-3199.
The reports are available for download on the GLMRIS website at www.glmris.anl.gov.
If you have any questions about this document, please contact the GLMRIS Focus Area 2 Team at 716-879-4260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.