The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Diversion Authority’s desired project (discussed as the Project in this Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that meets the purpose and need, is feasible, and gives consideration of the effects to the environment. The Federal Council of Environmental Quality regulations require federal agencies to identify an agency-preferred alternative in the federal environmental review process. The Minnesota State EIS process does not identify a preferred alternative, but rather includes a proposed project, and applicable project alternatives for evaluation. This term is used in the federal environmental review process. The Minnesota State environmental impact statement does not identify a preferred alternative, but rather includes the Proposed Project and applicable Project alternatives.

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