Corps and University Host Public Meeting

Merced, CA - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with the University of California will host a joint Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement public scoping meeting on April 23, 2008 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the California Room, 5200 North Lake Road in Merced. The general public is invited to attend.

"This is a chance for members of the public to comment on the proposed project of the UC Merced campus and adjacent University community," said Nancy Haley, senior project manager with the Corps of Engineers. "This will be the first step in the process to identify and assess impacts associated with the University's Section 404 permit application to fill waters of the United States, including seasonal wetlands, with campus buildings, an adjacent community and associated infrastructure."

Members of the public will have several methods at the meeting by which they can present their views: through interaction with experts, by recording their comments with a court reporter or by submitting their comments in writing. They can also address comments to: UCMerced@usace.army.mil.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the permit application on or before May 7, 2008.

UC Merced's revised application is available at http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/organizations/cespk-co/regulatory/PNs/, the USACE Web site.

To view UC Merced press release explaining the revised application, see http://www.ucmerced.edu/news_articles/03132008_uc_merced_submits_revised.asp.

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