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This Value Engineering (VE) Report summarizes the events of the VE workshop facilitated by GeoVal, Inc., June 1-5, 2009 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Omaha District, Nebraska. The Lower Yellowstone River Irrigation Dam, Fish Protection and Passage Value Engineering Study focuses on the assessment of alternatives for meeting Federal project objectives examining current plans and programs to seek out alternative approaches and ideas that will improve the overall performance of the project.
Federal project objectives of the Lower Yellowstone River Irrigation Dam, Fish Protection and Passage Project are to:
-Continue to provide reliable irrigation water delivery to the Irrigation Districts;
-Comply with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by maximizing the opportunity for fish species to freely migrate up and down the Yellowstone River, and preventing entrainment of the fish within the irrigation canal; and
-Conduct the project with full transparency, and in collaboration with all Federal, State and local stakeholders.
The purpose of the VE study is to identify potential viable alternatives to improve the overall performance and cost of the Lower Yellowstone River Irrigation Dam, Fish Protection and Passage Project. Such improvements generally look to improving function, improving quality, and reducing and/or increasing cost/performance as appropriate to improve the project value.