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Deadline Extended for Public Comment on Proposed New Principles to Revise the Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies

October 17, 2008

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today announced an extension of the deadline for public written comments on proposed new draft Principles for the ongoing revision of the “Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies,” dated March 10, 1983. Written comments will be accepted through Wednesday, October 22. The original deadline was October 15.

The Honorable John Paul Woodley, Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, approved the extension.

The Principles and Guidelines (P&G) guide national water resources planning for the Corps and other federal agencies. The proposed Principles were published in the Federal Register on September 12 and may also be found at: http://www.usace.army.mil/cw/hot_topics/ht_2008/pandg_rev.htm.

The proposed Principles would replace the first two pages of the current Chapter 1, Principles and Standards, and the version that was made available for written comments on that chapter during a public comment period that ended June 5.

Congress directed the Secretary of the Army to revise the March 10, 1983, guidelines in Section 2031 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-114).

Revising Chapter I, Principles and Standards, is the first of two phases planned by the Secretary of the Army to update the guidelines. The second phase will address revisions to chapters II through IV, Procedures. No date has been set for the phase 2 public comment opportunity.

Written comments on the proposed principles should be submitted to Mr. Larry J. Prather, Assistant Director of Civil Works, at the following:

   --  Mail: HQUSACE, Attn: P&G Revision, CECW-ZA, 441 G Street, NW,       Washington, DC 20314-1000   --  FAX: 202-761-5649   --  E-mail:  larry.j.prather@usace.army.mil    

The Corps is posting written comments on the proposed Principles to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Web site, http://www.usace.army.mil/cw/hot_topics/ht_2008/pandg_rev.htm. Comments received during the earlier public comment period are also posted there.

The Web site also provides links to copies of the Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies, dated March 10, 1983; the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-114); the proposed Principles; and other relevant documents. Hard copies of these documents may also be requested by mail or e-mail at the addresses listed above.

For further information, contact Mr. Larry J. Prather, Assistant Director of Civil Works, at 202-761-0106 or larry.j.prather@usace.army.mil.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

CONTACT: Eugene Pawlik of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,+1-202-761-7690, eugene.a.pawlik@usace.army.mil

Web Site: http://www.usace.army.mil/cw/hot_topics/ht_2008/pandg_rev.htm