Public Commentary on CEPP Draft Integrated Project Implementation Report and Environmental Impact Statement.
Public Commentary is Open Until November 1st, 2013
Comments can be submitted electronically to:
Comments can be mailed into:
Dr. Gretchen Ehlinger
US Army Corps of Engineers
PO Box 4970
Jacksonville, FL 32232
Club Members and Friends,
For those who were unable to attend any of the CEPP meetings last month and even for those who attended), it’s time to submit public commentary about the CEPP plan. Your comments are extremely important to the future of the plan. This is a public plan and every single comment is reviewed and taken into consideration. If we keep our opinions to ourselves, we can’t complain in the future if things don’t go our way.
This email is to let you know our general stance and what our comments have been at CEPP meetings. You can always add in your own opinions but it is very, very important to not let your comments turn into a complaint session about what is currently happening right now with closures, etc.
John Rosier did a nice write up for the Full Track club and I’ve added his talking points here:
I can’t stress enough that comments must be made on the three points that we want to highlight. They are– water depth and duration, loss of habitat, and tree island destruction in the area. You can also mention loss of furbearing animals and loss of wading birds due to the high water levels that are projected. Hopefully you read the article that the Sentinel put out where there scientist basically said the water levels will be higher and there will be a loss to the deer population.
Another point to bring up is that we consider the WMA to be more everglades than the ENP. They call area 3 remnant everglades and a water conservation area. Unfortunately, that is the official name of area 3 and what it was originally designed for. You can also talk about the timing of the projects and that any construction should start in the south end first to alleviate the water problems we have now. You can use the current closure as an example that if the getaway capacity was increased per the plan, we wouldn’t have the closure we have now.
And finally, you will hear people talk about water quality issues as far as what goes into the ENP. This is a serious issue to us because even though the ENP says they want all the water they can get, they have tougher standards on water quality which would mean that they would shut the water off and then we would have the ponding we have now.
Please take a few minutes to write an email or letter and send it off. We cannot stress how important public commentary is for this plan.
I have attached a copy of my letter to the CEPP committee if you need any ideas. I’d suggest not copy and pasting it but if you can touch on the points that are brought up the committee will get the idea.
My letter can be found here:
Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you have about the plan. I’m sure Damon or John would be more than willing to fill you in if you haven’t been able to attend any of the meetings.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. See you out in the grass