Public Comment Sought on Draft Environmental Assessment for
Construction of a New Building at Neosho National Fish Hatchery, Neosho, Missouri
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments from the public on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for construction of a new hatchery building for raising pallid sturgeon at Neosho National Fish Hatchery (NFH).
Two action alternatives are evaluated in the EA along with the “No Action” Alternative required under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under the preferred alternative, a new hatchery building, measuring approximately 162 feet by 73 feet, would be constructed for rearing pallid sturgeon on the current location of Pond 22. In addition, two 1,200-foot-deep wells will be drilled to supply the new building.
A second alternative is to construct the same size building on the Pond 4 site, again with two wells to supply the building. Under the “No Action” Alternative, no new building would be constructed and the production objectives for pallid sturgeon would not be met.The two action alternatives are also being reviewed under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The area of potential effect for this undertaking is on Neosho National Fish Hatchery Site.
The public is requested to inform the Service at the address below about archaeological sites, buildings and structures, historic places, cemeteries, and traditional uses of the area that could influence decisions about the project.A copy of the draft EA is available below or it can be obtained at Neosho NFH, 520 East Park Street, Neosho, MO 64850 or by calling (417)451-0554 to request a copy. Written comments on the plan are welcome and can be submitted through November 22, 2004. Comments should be sent to Roderick May by traditional mail to the address above; via fax (417)451-4632; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .