GOODING, Idaho – U. S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors plan to begin work Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, to rehabilitate several flood-damaged areas of the Gooding Diversion Flood Reduction Project, located on the Little Wood River in Gooding County, Idaho.
The safety way diversion structure and bank channel were damaged by sustained high flows during the 2017 flood season.
The Corps’ Walla Walla District awarded a contract Sept. 5, 2018, to Sound & Sea Technology, Inc., a registered woman-owned, small business in Lynnwood, Washington, for approximately $372,838 to repair the diversion structure and channel. The rehabilitation project work will require about a month to complete. For safety while contractors are using heavy equipment and trucks, the public is asked to avoid using the private-property access road along the channel and remain at least 50 feet away from work areas.
The Corps of Engineers has authority under Public Law 84-99 to supplement local efforts in the repair of both federal (Corps-constructed, locally operated and maintained) and non-federal (constructed by non-federal interests or by the Work Projects Administration) flood risk management projects damaged by flooding events.
Several criteria must be met to satisfy eligibility for flood rehabilitation assistance, including participation in the National Levee Safety Program and complying with maintenance standards.
The Corps prepared an environmental assessment (EA) and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for this rehabilitation project to repair the diversion project to its pre-flood-damage condition. The Corps’ signed FONSI, EA and other associated attachments are available for viewing or downloading on the Walla Walla District’s website www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental-Compliance.
For more information about the Corps’ PL 84-99 programs, visit the District’s Flood Assistance webpage www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Flood-Assistance.
Release no. 18-117