NEWS RELEASES

Commenting on the Draft EIS
Thursday, August 08, 2002

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
606 8th Street
Baldwin, KS 66006-0065

Anschutz Library
University of Kansas
1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7537

DeSoto Public Library
33145 West 83rd Street
DeSoto, KS 66018

Johnson County Library System
Central Resource Library-Urban Affairs
P.O. Box 2933
Shawnee Mission, KS 66201-1333

Lawrence Public Library
Local Document Collection
707 Vermont
Lawrence, KS 66044

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
CIS Department
1515 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604-1374

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
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District
700 Federal Office Building
601 E. 12th Street
Kansas City MO 64106