WARRENTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin discussing its draft supplemental feasibility report and environmental impact statement for the Columbia River deepening project with the public at a meeting Monday night.

The session at Warrenton High School, 1700 S.E. Main Ave., will be informational only. Beginning at 5 p.m., the Corps, project sponsors, and federal and state agencies will present information and answer questions about the updated project reports. No oral testimony will be accepted at this meeting. The Corps and sponsor ports will accept written comments.

Formal public hearings, during which the Corps will accept oral testimony, are planned for: July 31, in Vancouver, Wash.; Sept. 5, in Longview, Wash.; and, Sept. 10, in Astoria.

The Corps is seeking comments on the latest draft of its channel deepening report, which it published July 3 after concerns were raised about the environmental impacts of its original August 1999 report. The Corps has developed new cost/benefit models and updated its plan for disposal of dredged materials.

The formal public comment period closes Sept. 15. The report is available online at https://www.-nwp.usace.army.mil/

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