U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on Draft Environmental Assessment for Removal of Rockford Dam on the Shell Rock River, Iowa.
Rockford, IA—A draft environmental assessment (EA) for removal of Rockford Dam on the Shell Rock River, Iowa is available for a 30-day public review. The draft EA evaluates the environmental impacts of removing Rockford Dam to restore fish passage to 21.5 miles of river and improve public safety.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Floyd County Conservation Board and Iowa Department of Natural Resources propose to remove the existing dam, reslope the west bank upstream of the dam, and lower a 250 ft long berm adjacent to the former dam on the west bank to promote river-floodplain connectivity. The disturbed areas along the river bank and upland will be planted with native vegetation.
The EA is consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1500-1508), the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended) and other applicable executive orders, environmental laws and regulations.
The public is encouraged to provide comments on the draft EA beginning September 17, 2013.
Comments regarding the draft EA can be mailed to:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Attn: Louise Mauldin
Rockford Dam EA
555 Lester Ave
Onalaska, WI 54650
Comments can be emailed to: RockfordDamEA@fws.gov
Comments must be postmarked on before October 17, 2013
Questions can be directed to: Laura Elfers
Floyd County Conservation Board