Over The River™ Final Environmental Impact Statement
The Royal Gorge Field Office released the Over The River™ ( OTR ) Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on July 29, 2011 for a 30-day public review period. The formal availability period will end on August 29, 2011. Although this is not a formal public comment period, comments related to the Final EIS may still be submitted.
The Final EIS identifies seven alternatives, including a no-action alternative, and alternatives that vary by panel length, transportation, visitor management and timing considerations. The applicant's proposed alternative consists of eight panel segments totaling 5.9 miles within a 42-mile stretch along the Arkansas River corridor between Cañon City and Salida, Colorado.
The alternatives will be further considered during the 30-day availability period and may be modified before the BLM issues the Record of Decision (ROD). The ROD will document the BLM's decision regarding approval or denial of the applicant's land-use application and what conditions and stipulations would be required under the land-use permit if it is approved.
The BLM has worked closely with cooperating agencies and permitting authorities who have provided input in the development of the Draft EIS, responses to comments received during the Draft EIS comment period, and the Final EIS.
While the availability period is not a formal comment period, the BLM will be accepting additional written comments on the Final EIS within the 30-day availability period ending August 29, 2011.
Written comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
- Fax: 719-269-8599 (please write OTR Comments in the subject line)
- Mail: BLM Royal Gorge Field Office, Over The River Comments, 3028 E. Main St., Cañon City, CO 81212
Please write "OTR Comments" in the subject line of comments that are emailed or faxed.
Public comments, including names and addresses of respondents will be available for review and will be subject to disclousure under the Freedom Information Act (FOIA). Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal indentifying information in your comment, please be advised that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations and businesses and from individuals indentifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.