14-072 Corps invites public comments on City of Winchester draft FONSI

Published Sept. 18, 2014

WINCHESTER, Idaho – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District invites public comments on their Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the City of Winchester, Idaho, Water System Improvements Project. Comments are due no later than October 2.


The Project is being done under Section 595 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 for which the Corps is authorized to participate in environmental infrastructure projects. The City proposes to improve its current drinking water system in order to meet peak summer system demands without having to ration water, to ensure adequate system reliability and, to provide for future residential and commercial growth.


The Corps is not assisting the City with the entire proposed project, but instead is limiting its assistance to a new well house and transmission piping, which are separable elements of the larger project and have independent utility.


The City of Winchester prepared an Environmental Information Document (EID) to address potential effects associated with implementation of the water system improvements project. After an independent review of the city’s EID, the Corps found it to provide both sufficient evidence and analysis to meet the Corps’ requirements pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and has accepted and incorporated it as part of the Corps’ NEPA documentation. As part of NEPA compliance, the Corps is inviting public comment on its draft FONSI. The Corps is required to consider all comments received.


Links to the City of Winchester’s EID and the Corps’ draft FONSI are available on the Walla Walla District website at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Projects/595Winchester.aspx.


Public comments must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2014, to NEPANWW@usace.army.mil; or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; ATTN: CENWW-PD-EC - 595 Winchester; 201 North 3rd Ave.; Walla Walla, WA 99362.


NOTE TO MEDIA: All media queries should go to Walla Walla District Public Affairs at 509-527-7020 or cenww-pa@usace.army.mil, and not to the public comments email address.

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Release no. 14-072