Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain

Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed

Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain

 

To:  All interested Agencies USACE, VMRC, and DEQ, Groups and Individuals

 

This is to give notice that Friends of Southwest Virginia under Part 58 has determined that the following proposed action under ARC POWER and Appalachian Regional Commission, Grant No: PW-18728-IM-B is located in the 100-year floodplain, and Friends of Southwest Virginia will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action in the floodplain and the potential impacts on the floodplain from the proposed action, as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands.  The Giles County Boat Ramps Project includes four proposed ramps that will be located along the New River within the 100-year floodplain including one in Eggleston (37.2856, -80.6168) and three along Shumate Falls Road (37.3830, -80.8796; 37.3979, -80.8506; and 37.4099, -80.8567).  A fifth ramp for kayaks and canoes will be located on Rich Creek just upstream of its confluence with the New River near Island Street in the Town of Rich Creek (37.3832, -80.8241).  The majority of the work at the sites will include the installation of concrete boat ramps and parking areas which may involve excavation and grading.  The estimated acreage of floodplain that will be affected is between 0.2 and 0.3 acres at each location.  A small amount of fill will be required at the proposed boat ramp located in Eggleston for the installation of an access road.

 

There are three primary purposes for this notice.  First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains 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.  Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts.  Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts 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 floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

 

Written comments must be received by Friends of Southwest Virginia at the following address on or before April 20, 2018:  Friends of Southwest Virginia, One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210 and (276) 492-2424, Attention:  Chris Cannon, Executive Director.  A full description of the project may also be reviewed at CHA Consulting, Inc. between 8 am and 5 pm at 1341 Research Center Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060.  Comments may also be submitted via email at ccannon@myswva.org.

 

Date: April 4, 2018

 

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