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This notice announces an application submitted for a Department of the Army (DA) Permit, subject to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
APPLICANT: Indiana Department of Transportation
100 North Senate Avenue, Room N758-ES
Indianapolis, IN 46204
AGENT: Metric Environmental
6958 Hillsdale Court
Indianapolis, IN 46250
LOCATION: Clear Creek, UNT 1 Clear Creek, forested Wetlands A, B, and C, Huntington County, Indiana
7.5 Minute Quad: Bippus, Indiana
PURPOSE: Replace the bridge carrying SR 5 over Clear Creek
DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The applicant proposes to discharge 175 cubic yards (cys) of fill material below the ordinary high water mark (OHWM) of 1,117 linear feet (0.14 acre) of Clear Creek and unnamed tributary (UNT) 1 Clear Creek, and 935 cys of fill material into 0.89 acre of forested wetland for the replacement of the bridge carrying SR 5 over Clear Creek. 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 replacing the bridge with a precast prestressed concrete bulb-tee bridge with 42 inch x 49 inch beams, a rolled steel beam bridge with a beam depth of 36 inches, and a rolled steel beam bridge with a beam depth of 30 inches. The preferred alternative would have the second most impacts to wetlands and would be the least expensive. Impacts to streams and wetlands were avoided and minimized to the greatest extent practicable.
Mitigation would be required to compensate the proposed impacts to the streams and wetlands. The proposed project would impact a total of 199 linear feet of perennial stream, 918 linear feet of intermittent stream, and 0.89 acre of forested wetland. The applicant proposes to mitigate for these impacts through the purchase 239 linear feet of perennial stream credits, 1,102 linear feet of intermittent stream credits, and 3.55 acres of forested wetland credits from the Indiana Wetland and Stream 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.
REVIEW PROCEDURES: 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. In order to comply with Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, the applicant must apply for State certification from IDEM. IDEM can be contacted at the following address: 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. The USFWS concurred with the applicant’s determination, on behalf FHWA, that the proposed project may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect the federally listed Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and/or northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis).
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.
The applicant, on behalf of FHWA, has determined that the proposed project falls within the guidelines of Category B-12 of the Minor Projects Programmatic Agreement between INDOT, FHWA, and the Indiana State Historic Preservation Office. If we are made aware, as a result of comments received in response to this notice, or by other means, of specific archaeological, scientific, prehistorical, or historical sites or structures which might be affected by the proposed work, the District Engineer will immediately take the appropriate action necessary pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 - Public Law 89-665 as amended (including Public Law 96-515).
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, 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 Ms. Deborah Duda Snyder, CELRL-RDN at the address noted above and should refer to the Public Notice Number LRL-2022-395-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-2022-395-dds.
b) Provide your physical mailing address and telephone number.
c) Send your email to: email@example.com
d) If you are sending attachments greater than 10 Mb in size with your email, you must send a hard copy (CD or paper) to the Corps’ physical address as well.