Commenting on the Draft EIS
The formal review and comment period for the Draft EIS will last from Aug. 16 until Sept. 30. After Sept. 30, every comment submitted is reviewed and considered as part of the public interest review conducted by the Corps of Engineers. Substantive comments are responded to in writing and, if appropriate, in the final EIS.
What differentiates a regular comment from a substantive comment?
"I don't want this highway" is a comment.
"I don't want this highway there because there is a little known species of tree there" is a substantive comment. Substantive comments place a fact on the table that must be addressed. If that fact was not included in the Draft EIS, then the substantive comment is acknowledged and the change is made in the final document.
Should you only submit substantive comments?
Absolutely not. Your opinion matters and you should express it. All comments are reviewed and considered by the Corps. Don't feel discouraged from simply expressing your opinion. The principal decision-maker in this process, the Corps of Engineers, wants to know what citizens think of this project and the process that has occurred so far. They aren't simply looking for a critique of the documentation.
How can I submit comments?
The Corps of Engineers and the Kansas Department of Transportation want to ensure that the widest possible audience has the opportunity to review and comment on the draft EIS. To ensure this, we are offering the following opportunities for review and comment. Remember that the review period ends on Sept. 30 so please make your comments soon.
The Virtual EIS - By Aug. 16 the summary of the draft EIS will be posted to www.southlawrencetrafficway.org. Visitors to the site will be able to view the summary and request the entire document on CD. By Aug. 30, the document will be offered free-of-charge on CD as a supplement to the regular circulation methods of placing the document in public places and holding a public hearing.
Public Viewing Locations - On Aug. 9, the draft EIS will be available at six libraries in the region. Those locations are listed below.
Baker University/Collins Library
DeSoto Public Library
Johnson County Library System
Lawrence Public Library
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Public Hearings - A formal public hearing will be conducted in Lawrence in September. That date is yet to be determined.
Via Regular Mail - You can also mail your comments to
Colonel Michael Ross, District Engineer