18-079 Corps seeks public comments on proposed Duportail Trail project

Published July 19, 2018
RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District (Corps), invites public comments on proposed improvements for a section of the multi-use Duportail Trail. The trail section would follow the alignment of a gravel path that is located along the northeast shoreline of the lower Yakima River from the Chamna Natural Preserve to Duportail Street in Richland, Washington. This trail would be located entirely on Corps-managed lands.

The Corps proposes to enter into a partnership agreement with Tapteal Greenway Association (Tapteal), a non-profit organization, to allow improvements to the multiuse trail by grading, widening, placing gravel, and addressing eroded areas along the entire alignment. Tapteal would provide volunteer labor, materials, and equipment for the proposed improvements. The project description is available at http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental-Compliance.

The Corps is informing the public of Tapteal’s proposal in order to consider and evaluate the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of the proposed action or any reasonable alternatives that should be considered. Comments received would be used to, 1) identify potential and key issues to address and, 2) identify potential environmental and social effects associated with implementation of the proposed action. Comments received would be considered by the Corps in determining whether to prepare an Environmental Assessment pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.

The Corps will accept comments July 20, 2018, through Aug. 20, 2018. All information and comments submitted will be included in the public record. Public comments may be e-mailed to NEPANWW@usace.army.mil or sent via U.S. Postal Service. Insert “D-Trail” in the email subject line. Written comments sent by USPS should be addressed to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District
201 North 3rd Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362-1876

Please, contact the Environmental Coordinator at 509-527-7294, if you have questions.

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Release no. 18-079