Army Corps Of Engineers To Hold Public Meetings On Shoreline Management Plan Update In Early March

(KCCR) — The United States Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a series of Shoreline Management Program public input sessions in early March. Reece Nelson is a Natural Resources Specialist with the Corps of Engineers and says the plan hasn’t had an update in many years…

“It has been, oh, since the mid-80’s that we went through and actually updated Lake Oahe since, in that time there’s been a lot of change, you know with land transfer, how we categorize all of our different types of land, whether it be, high density recreation or wildlife management, vegetative management. So, the Shoreline Management Plan is a subsect of the overall Master Plan for the Project, where it kind of gives us our guidance on how we’re going to administer any development along the shoreline.”

Nelson says Lake Oahe is a unique body of water in the way it crosses the North Dakota/South Dakota border which makes a current and up-to-date Shoreline Management Program important…

“South Dakota, we’re totally encapsulated along the shoreline by the state so there’s kind of a partnership there that we have to work through, figuring out what the state wants and then also what the Corps wants. North Dakota, we have adjacent land owners…private adjacent landowners that there’s a few spots that have shoreline development such as private docks, mowing permits, fire break permits, such as that, that the Shoreline Management Plan tells us how we will administer those programs.”
Nelson says they want to hear stakeholder concerns…

 

“We just want to know, you know, the people that live around the area, you know, what are their concerns about shoreline access, being able to get to areas, what are their concerns about, you know, being able to protect their properties that abut to State or Corp managed area. And then just kinda getting the word out there that, hey…the lake is still here…we are still here, obviously in South Dakota and we’re out here and we want to know, you know, if there are any other management issues. This meeting is set up obviously, for shoreline management, but, we get a lot of people coming in that want to talk about other issues as well.”

The first Shoreline Management Program public input meeting is March 4th at the Lake Oahe Project Office in Pierre, with a second South Dakota meeting in Mobridge at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Office on March 5th. Two North Dakota meetings will be held on March 6th in Linton at the Emmons County Courthouse and Bismarck at the Army Reserve Center. Meetings are scheduled to run from four to eight pm.