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FINAL NOTICE AND PUBLIC EXPLANATION OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY IN A WETLAND
All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals
This is to give notice that the City of Grambling is conducting an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11990, utilizing as a guideline procedures established in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Wetland Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the wetland will have on the human environment for the City of Grambling's FY 2014 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant for utility system upgrades and expansion to accommodate the proposed retail development.
The City proposes to make utility system upgrades and expansion to accommodate the proposed retail development along LA-149 near the I-20 interchange. The retail center will be located on approximately 9-acres and includes roughly 50,000 square feet of proposed retail space. The development will require extensive wastewater collection system upgrades to the City's system. All wastewater from the area is transferred via various small lift stations and/or gravity mains to Lift Station No. 3, thence to the terminal lift station. Rehabilitation of Lift Station No. 3 is critical to accommodate additional flows from the development and to maintain proper collection for existing users. In order to connect the proposed development, expansion of the City's wastewater collection system via a 6” diameter force main and duplex, self-priming lift station is proposed. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has indicated there may be wetlands involved.
The City has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values:
Alternative Number One: Perform sewer improvements as described above for the utility system upgrades and expansion to accommodate the proposed retail development.
Mitigation Action: Since there would be no adverse impacts created by this action, no mitigation measures would be necessary. This action was chosen because of the extreme conditions of the sewer system.
Alternative Number Two: Take no action. This is not an acceptable alternative due to the continued deterioration of the sewer system and needed to accommodate the proposed retail development.
Mitigation Action: None
The City has reevaluated the alternatives to performing construction in the wetland and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11990, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments. This activity will have no significant impact on the environment for the following reasons. The project site is not subject to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act. There will be no discharge of dredged and/or fill material within the project boundary.
There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in possible wetlands and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about wetlands can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.
Written comments must be received by the City at the following address on or before July 28, 2014: City of Grambling, Post Office Box 109, Grambling, Louisiana 71245-0109. Attention: Edward R. Jones, Mayor, during the hours of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Comments may also be submitted via email at pamelastringfellow@yahoo.com.
Edward R. Jones, Mayor
Environmental Certifying Officer
City of Grambling
1td: July 18, 2014

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