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Title: Final Environmental Impact Statement : White River Basin, Arkansas, Minimum Flows
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Little Rock District
Keywords: White River (Ark. and Mo.)
Water--Storage
Environmental protection
Environmental management
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Little Rock District.
Abstract: The Water Resource Development Acts (WRDA) of 1999 and 2000 modified the basic authorization and operation for the five multipurpose White River Basin lakes, Beaver, Table Rock, and Bull Shoals Lakes on the White River; Norfork Lake on the North Fork River; and Greer Ferry Lake on the Little Red River. WRDA 99 & 00 directed the Corps to complete a study and report to determine if minimum flow reallocations adversely affect other authorized purposes. Also, this study is to identify Federal costs that will be incurred. The White River Minimum Flows Reallocation Study Report, signed July 2004, analyzed reallocation water storage and release scenarios at five multipurpose White River lakes. The July 2004 Reallocation Report identified economically justified, technically sound, and environmentally acceptable reallocation and release scenarios at each lake. A Draft EIS was filed with the Federal Register on June 2, 2006, which analyzed the reallocation water storage and release scenarios covered in the July 2004 Reallocation Report for the five multipurpose White River lakes . Subsequent to the completion of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), Section 132 of the FY 2006 Energy and Water Resources Development Act (P.L. 109-103) authorized the implementation of plans BS-3 at Bull Shoals and NF-7 at Norfork lakes that were described in the 2004 Reallocation Report, at full Federal expense in accordance with section 906(e) of WRDA 86. Section 132 did not authorize implementation of Minimum Flows at Beaver, Table Rock, and Greers Ferry Lakes. Also, Section 132 repealed the previous project authorities in WRDA 99 and WRDA 00. The August 2008 Supplemental DEIS analyzed the impacts to the five White River Reservoirs, however; emphasis is placed on Bull Shoals and Norfork Lakes due to the changes made with the FY 2006 Energy and Water Resources Development Act (P.L. 109-103). Previous study efforts evaluating the other lakes are included in the interest of full disclosure. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) concludes that the trout tailwater fishery below Bull Shoals and Norfork dams will benefit from the increased wetted perimeter resulting from increased minimum flows while impacts to hydropower will be fully compensated and modifications to in-lake recreation would allow for reasonable continued use.
Description: Environmental Impact Statement
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11681/39400
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