STEP 1: The Service published the Notice of Intent to Prepare a Supplement to an Environmental Impact Statement on April 15, 2020.
The Service requested comments and suggestions from the public, government agencies, Tribes, the scientific community, industry or any other interested party on our proposed action. We received over 87,000 public comments.
STEP 2: The Service invited Federal, State, Tribal, and local government entities to serve as Cooperating Agencies on the development of the SEIS on April 15, 2020.
The Service collaborated with twenty-four Cooperating Agencies.
STEP 3: The Service will publish the proposed 10(j) rule and DSEIS in the Federal Register for public comment.
Upon publication (TBD), the Service will hold a 90-day public comment period. During the public comment period, the Service will hold virtual public information sessions and public hearings. (See Public Participation for information on virtual public meetings and hearings). The Service will also seek peer review of the proposed 10(j) rule from qualified reviewers during this time period.
STEP 4: The Service will finalize the SEIS and Record of Decision on the revision of the 10(j) rule.
The Service will produce a final SEIS to describe the impacts of our proposed action and alternatives and a Record of Decision to document our selected course of action.
STEP 5: The Service will finalizes a revised 10(j) rule for the MWEPA.
The Service will publish a final revised 10(j) rule in the Federal Register in compliance with the court-ordered deadline extension of July 1, 2022.