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USACE Memphis releases Draft Feasibility Report, Environmental Assessment for Hatchie-Loosahatchie Restoration Study, requests public comment

This Draft Integrated Feasibility Study Report (DIFR) and Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the Hatchie-Loosahatchie Mississippi River Ecosystem Restoration Study investigates the feasibility of alternatives to address problems and opportunities associated with ecosystem degradation within the Mississippi River Miles 775-736. The study purpose is to evaluate the causes and effects of significant environmental degradation in the study area; to formulate and evaluate potential solutions to these identified problems; and upon consideration of the various alternatives formulated, to recommend for Federal investment a justified plan that is effective, efficient, complete, and acceptable. The 39-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that is included in the study area begins at approximately river mile 775, at the confluence of the Hatchie River, to approximately river mile 736, at the confluence of the Wolf River near downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

Posted on February 13, 2023

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Memphis District (CEMVM) released a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Draft Environmental Assessment (DIFR-EA) for the Hatchie-Loosahatchie Mississippi River Ecosystem Restoration Study to the general public, Feb. 10, 2023.

The general public, interested parties, and stakeholders are invited to comment on the DIFR-EA.

The study seeks to examine restoring ecological structure and function to the mosaic of habitats along the lower Mississippi River (LMR) and its floodplain between River Miles 775 and 736, including secondary channels and other floodplain aquatic habitats, floodplain forests, and several scarce vegetative communities such as, wetlands, rivercane, riverfront forests, and bottomland hardwood forests.

The draft report contains a description of the project, an evaluation of the alternatives under consideration, and an analysis of potential environmental effects. All public comments received will be addressed and considered as part of USACE’s decision-making process.

The DIFR-EA is available online at the project website at:  Written comments should be submitted by mail to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District, Attn: CEMVN-PDC-UDC, 167 North Main St., Room B-202, Memphis, Tennessee 38103, or by email to:  Written comments submitted for consideration are due by March 13, 2023.

For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at:


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