This notice announces an application submitted for a Department of the Army (DA) Permit, subject to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and for State Water Quality Certification pursuant to Section 401 of the CWA from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Office of Water Quality.
APPLICANT: Indiana Department of Transportation
100 North Senate Avenue, Room N642
Indianapolis, IN 46204
AGENT: Michael Baker International, Inc.
3815 River Crossing Parkway, Suite 20
Indianapolis, IN 46240
LOCATION: On unnamed tributaries to French Lick Creek in French Lick, Orange County, Indiana
Latitude: 38.504394 °N
Longitude: 86.633062 °W
7.5 Minute Quad: Hillham, Indiana
Realignment of New Airport Road/County Road 300 South
DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
The applicant proposes to discharge 3,364 cubic yards (cys) of fill material below the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) of 1,723 linear feet (0.55 acre) of unnamed tributaries to French Lick Creek. In addition, 20 cys of fill material would be discharged into 0.094 acres of emergent and forested wetlands. Impacts to “waters of the United States (U.S.)” would occur for the construction of a realigned New Airport Road/County Road 300 South. The new alignment would begin east of Airport Road/County Road 300 South, just north of its intersection with County Road 375 South, and continue northeast terminating at the east end of the French Lick Airport taxiway. The fill material would consist of clean earthen fill, limestone riprap, and concrete.
AVOIDANCE, MINIMIZATION, AND MITIGATION MEASURES:
As part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, the applicant considered impacts from alternatives including repairing the road on the existing alignment and seven realignment alternatives. The preferred alternative would avoid unstable material, but would have the most impacts to wetlands, second most impacts to streams, and fewest impacts to forests. Impacts to streams and wetlands were avoided and minimized to the greatest extent practicable. Specifically, the applicant would avoid 0.016 acre of wetland and 3,706 linear feet of streams.
Mitigation would be required to compensate the proposed impacts to the streams and wetlands. The proposed crossings would impact a total of 1,723 linear feet of ephemeral streams, 0.09 acre of emergent wetland, and 0.004 acre of forested wetland. The applicant proposes to mitigate for these impacts through the purchase 3,236 linear feet of stream credits and 0.34 acres of wetland credits from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Stream and Wetland Mitigation Program.
It is noted that this proposed mitigation plan is open to comment and subject to change. The Corps will make a determination of appropriate mitigation, upon review of all submitted information.
A DA Permit cannot be issued if any legally required Federal, State, or local authorization or certification is denied.
A DA Permit, if otherwise warranted, will not be issued on this project until a State of Indiana Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is on file in this office or it is considered waived. This Public Notice serves as the notice for a Clean Water Act Section 401 application for water quality certification from the IDEM. IDEM will review this proposal for compliance with the applicable provisions of Section 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the CWA, including the state water quality standards currently set forth at 327 IAC 2. They will consider comments regarding this proposal postmarked by the closing date of this notice. Comments to IDEM should be addressed to: IDEM, Office of Water Quality, Section 401 WQC Program, 100 N. Senate Avenue Room N1255, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. The applicant is responsible for obtaining the certification from IDEM.
Copies of this notice are sent to the appropriate Federal and State Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Their views and comments are solicited in accordance with the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1956. Based on available information, the proposed activity will not destroy or endanger any Federally-listed threatened or endangered species or their critical habitats, as identified under the Endangered Species Act, and therefore, initiation of formal consultation procedures with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is not planned at this time.
Any person may request, in writing, within the comment period specified in this notice, that a public hearing be held to consider this application. A request for a public hearing must state the specific interest which might be damaged by issuance of the DA Permit.
In accordance with Section 106, National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended and 36 CFR Part 800, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the lead agency for the proposed project. INDOT, on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) coordinated with the Indiana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) as part of the NEPA process for the proposed project. INDOT, on behalf of FHWA, determined that the appropriate finding for the proposed project is “No Historic Properties Affected.” Indiana SHPO concurred with INDOT’s finding in a letter dated May 30, 2019.
The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered; among those are conservation, economics, aesthetic values, general environmental concerns, historic values, fish and wildlife values, flood damage prevention, land use, navigation, recreation, water supply, water quality, energy needs, safety, food production, and in general, the needs and welfare of the public. In addition, the evaluation of the impact of the activity on the public interest will include application of the guidelines (40 CFR Part 230) promulgated by the Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), under authority of Section 404(b) of the CWA.
The Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, State, and local agencies and officials; Indian tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. It is presumed that all interested parties and agencies will wish to respond; therefore, a lack of response will be interpreted as meaning that there is no objection to the proposed project. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps of Engineers to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal. To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above. Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.
Written statements received in this office on or before the closing date will become a part of the official record and will be considered in the determination on this permit request. Any objections which are received during this period will be forwarded to the applicant for possible resolution before the determination is made whether to issue or deny the requested DA Permit. A permit will be granted unless its issuance is found to be contrary to the public interest.
Information pertaining to this application is available for public examination during normal business hours upon prior request. Drawings are available on Louisville District's Internet site at http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Public-Notices/. All comments regarding this proposal should be addressed to Deborah Duda Snyder, CELRL-RDN at the address noted above and should refer to the Public Notice Number LRL-2013-590-dds.
If you desire to submit your comments by email, you must comply with the following:
a) In the subject line of your email, type in ONLY the Public Notice ID No. LRL-2013-590-dds.
Subject: Public Notice LRL-2013-590-dds
b) Provide your physical mailing address and telephone number.
c) Send your email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
d) If you are sending attachments greater than 1 Mb in size with your email, you must send a hard copy (CD or paper) to the Corps’ physical address as well.