19-014 Corps invites comments on draft FONSI for City of Firth Wastewater System Improvements Project

Published Feb. 21, 2019

FIRTH, Idaho – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District invites public comments on a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Firth, Idaho, Wastewater System Improvements Project. Comments will be accepted through Feb. 22 through March 25, 2019.

The Corps proposes to assist the city of Firth (city) with upgrades to their Wastewater Treatment Facility to address reliability, capacity, operation and maintenance concerns. The Corps would fund project costs incurred by the government, i.e., the Project Partnership Agreement package preparation, design process reimbursements, design review, the Corps’ National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and project management. 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) to address potential effects associated with the project. The Corps had no role in the preparation of the EID, but did undertake an independent review of the document 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 Corps’ draft FONSI.

The Corps’ draft FONSI, which includes the City of Firth’s EID as one of several attachments, is available for viewing or downloading on the Walla Walla District website at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental-Compliance.

The Corps will accept public input Feb. 22 through March 25, 2019. All information and comments submitted will be included in the permanent public record.

Public comments may be submitted electronically to the Corps using the online comment form on the webpage, or via email NEPANWW@usace.army.mil -- type “Firth 595” in the subject line. Written comments may also be sent via U.S. Postal Service, addressed to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District
ATTN: CENWW-PPL-C (Firth 595)
201 North 3rd Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362-1876

Please contact the Environmental Coordinator at 509-527-7254, if you have questions.

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Release no. 19-014