19-055 Corps invites comments on draft FONSI for City of Council Wastewater Improvement Project

Published May 20, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District invites public comments on a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Council, Idaho, Wastewater Improvement Project. Comments will be accepted May 20 through June 20, 2019.

The Corps proposes to assist the City of Council with funding for the preliminary engineering design for the entire wastewater improvements project and final engineering design of the wastewater collection system improvements. The Corps would also perform an engineering review on the final 90% submittal of the wastewater collection system prior to project closeout. The Corps participation in this project is authorized under Section 595 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999.

The city submitted an Environmental Assessment (EA) to address potential effects associated with the project. The Corps had no role in the preparation of the EA, 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 Council’s EA 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 May 20 through June 20, 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 “Council 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 (Council 595)
201 North 3rd Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362-1876

Please contact the Environmental Coordinator at 509-527-7256, if you have questions.

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Release no. 19-055