ABERDEEN, 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 “City of Aberdeen, Idaho, Waste Water Collection System Improvements Project.” Comments will be accepted beginning today, April 8, 2015, and are due to the Corps no later than Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
The Corps is proposing to assist the City under Section 595 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999, under which the Corps is authorized to participate in environmental infrastructure projects. The Corps is not assisting the City with the entire proposed project, but instead is limiting its assistance to rehabilitating three waste-water lift stations, replacing collection piping in problem areas, and installing additional trunk line capacity, which are separable elements of the larger project and have independent utility.
The City of Aberdeen prepared an Environmental Information Document (EID) to address potential effects associated with implementation of its Waste Water Collection System Improvements Project. After an independent review of the city’s EID, the Corps found it provides both sufficient evidence and analysis to meet the Corps’ requirements pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Corps has accepted and incorporated the EID as part of the Corps’ NEPA documentation. As part of NEPA compliance, the Corps is inviting public comment on the draft FONSI. The Corps is required to consider all comments received.
Links to the City of Aberdeen’s EID and the Corps’ draft FONSI are on the Walla Walla District website at http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/EnvironmentalCompliance/Aberdeen595.aspx.
Public comments must be emailed to NEPANWW@usace.army.mil or postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 22, 2015, to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
ATTN: CENWW-PD-EC – Aberdeen 595
201 North 3rd Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
If you have questions, write or e-mail the Corps at the addresses above, or call the project Environmental Compliance Specialist at 509-527-7269.
Release no. 15-026