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Posted 2/8/2018

Release no. 18-008

Public Affairs Office

STITES, Idaho – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District issued a final Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the City of Stites Wastewater System Improvement Project on Feb. 6, 2018.

The Corps plans to assist the City of Stites, Idaho (City) with upgrades to their wastewater system. The City’s project will include replacement of the collection system to reduce infiltration and inflow of water and chemical injection at the City’s lift station to mitigate the formation of hydrogen sulfide. The Corps is not assisting the City with the entire proposed action. The Corps and the City have agreed the Corps will provide funding for engineering design, preparation of plans and specifications, and camera inspection of existing sewer lines. Remaining funds will be used for replacement of manholes. The Corps participation in this project is authorized under Section 595 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999.

The City submitted an Environmental Information Document (EID) for this project, prepared by TD&H Engineering. The Corps had no role in the preparation of the EID, but did undertake an independent review of the EID and determined the information contained therein is accurate and satisfies the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, except as supplemented or explained in Section V of the FONSI.

A public review and comment period of the Corps' draft FONSI was conducted Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 12, 2018. All information and comments submitted are included in the permanent public record. The City’s EID and the Corps’ signed FONSI are available for viewing on the Walla Walla District website http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental-Compliance.