Fox River NEPA
Final Joint Restoration Plan and
Environmental Assessment for the
Lower Fox River and Green Bay Area
The final Joint Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Lower Fox River and Green Bay Area (Plan) for restoring natural resources lost through release of contaminants into the area was approved on June 3, 2003. The Proposed Alternative (C) was selected which provides for funding natural resource-based restoration projects in a large area including the headwaters of tributaries to the Lower Fox River and Green Bay system. This alternative will allow restoration throughout the complete watershed and is expected to maximize the benefits of the restoration projects.
A second Alternative (B) that was considered would have conducted similar natural resource-based restoration projects, but they would have been geographically limited to occur only in the assessment area: the 39 miles of the Lower Fox River, adjacent floodplain and ecologically associated uplands, all of Green Bay and adjacent coastal wetlands including tributaries upstream to the first impoundment.
The third Alternative (A) that was considered was the "No Action" alternative required under NEPA. This Alternative would have produced no additional restoration actions being implemented as a result of the settlement. No injured natural resources would have been restored and there would have been no compensation to the public for losses from these injuries.
Provided below is a copy of the final Plan and the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Printed copies of the final Joint Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment are available at the Green Bay Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service located at 1015 Challenger Court, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 54311; telephone: 920-465-7440. Copies are available for onsite review at the Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, Wisconsin; Brown County Library, 515 Pine St., Green Bay, Wisconsin; Door County Library, 104 S. Fourth Ave., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; Oneida Community Library, 201 Elm St., Oneida, Wisconsin; Oshkosh Public Library, 106 Washington Ave. Oshkosh, Wisconsin and the Escanaba Public Library, 400 Ludington Street, Escanaba, Michigan.
Appendix A Glossary of Terms and Acronyms
Appendix B Natural Resource Damage Assessment Documents
Appendix C Endangered Species Act Compliance
Appendix D - Restoration Project Proposal Format
Appendix E - Acceptance Letters Cooperating Agencies