The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announces a Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) Listening Session scheduled for Thursday, October 28, from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“The Oct. 28 Listening Session is another opportunity for PDT members, stakeholders and members of the public to provide their own analysis, evaluation and comments on the on the LOSOM Iteration 3 optimization effort,” said LOSOM Project Manager Tim Gysan. “We would like to continue the open dialogue and hope to hear more from everyone after they’ve had a chance to think about what was discussed during the PDT Meeting on Oct. 26.”
“I also want to remind everyone that the final preferred operating plan for Lake Okeechobee encompasses more than just lines on a plot, it’s the details that support those lines in the everyday decision-making guidance,” said Gysan. “We appreciate the participation in the operational guidance workshops held in September and all the great feedback we have received. After we make a decision on the optimized lake schedule, we will come back to the PDT in early December to talk in detail about the schedule and operational guidance that will be documented in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and the Water Control Plan.”
The release of the draft EIS for public comment is scheduled for April 2022, the release of a final EIS by August of 2022, and a Record of Decision in December of 2022, so that we have the plan ready to implement as soon as the Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation is complete at the end of 2022.
The Project Delivery Team (PDT) members include only the federal officials and elected officers of state, local or tribal governments or their designated employees with authority to act on their behalf acting in their official capacities.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the government agency PDT meeting and provide comment during the designated Public Comment periods.
Here is a link for the online meeting, which will start at 3:15 on Thursday, Oct. 28: