July 23, 2018
Mr. Charles Frerker
United States Army Corps of Engineers
1222 Spruce Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103-2833
Re: P-3093 and P-3098
Dear Mr. Frerker:
The Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) requests a public hearing on Department of the Army permit applications P-3093 and P-3098. These proposals will potentially increase the use of the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers for commercial and industrial purposes and could be harmful for environmental, cultural, and historic reasons.
These project proposals may have consequences for Missouri’s floodplain, wetlands, river quality, and wildlife. Furthermore, these projects may degrade the historical, cultural, and recreational value of this particular location as it is the starting point of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition, at the confluence of two of America’s greatest rivers, and near a number of recreational areas.
MCE is committed to protecting our state’s abundant and valuable water resources and believe a public hearing on this request should be held in order to:
1. Learn in a public setting the details of the proposal and to hear whether the total barge traffic and storage in the Confluence will increase, decrease, or remain approximately the same if these permits are approved.
2. Ensure that the public has an opportunity to hear firsthand about any potential adverse effects on recreational activities in the historic Confluence and to comment on potential effects.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Water Policy Coordinator
Missouri Coalition for the Environment