Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.
Notice of a Finding of No Significant Impact.
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the rehabilitation of Floodwater Retarding Structure Nos. 3D, 3E, and 5A of the East Fork Above Lavon Watershed of the Trinity River Watershed.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Larry D. Butler, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 101 South Main, Temple, Texas 76501-7682, Telephone (254) 742-9800.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The environmental assessment of this federally assisted action indicates that the project will not cause significant local, regional, or national impacts on the environment. As a result of these findings, Larry D. Butler, State Conservationist, has determined that the preparation and review of an environmental impact statement is not needed for this project.
The project will rehabilitate Floodwater Retarding Structure (FRS) Nos. 3D, 3E, and 5A to maintain the present level of flood control benefits and comply with the current performance and safety standards.
Rehabilitation of FRS Nos. 3D, 3E, and 5A will require the disturbance of 14.2 acres. The modification of FRS Nos. 3D, 3E, and 5A will include the addition of principal spillway and auxiliary spillway capacity to each structure to meet current performance and safety standards for high hazard dams. The disturbed areas will be planted to plants that have wildlife values. The proposed work will not affect any prime farmland, endangered or threatened species, wetlands, or cultural resources.
Federal assistance will be provided under authority of the Small Watershed Rehabilitation Amendments of 2000 (section 313, Pub. L. 106-472). Total project costs is estimated to be $3,289,715, of which $2,250,485 will be paid from the Small Watershed Rehabilitation funds and $1,039,230 from local funds.
The notice of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been forwarded to the Environmental Protection Agency and to various Federal, State, and local agencies and interested parties. A limited number of copies of the FONSI are available to fill single copy requests at the above address. Basic data developed during the environmental assessment are on file and may be reviewed by contacting Larry D. Butler, Ph.D, State Conservationist.
No administrative action on implementation of the proposal will be taken until 30 days after the date of this publication in the Federal Register.Start Signature
Dated: July 31, 2003.
Larry D. Butler,
[FR Doc. 03-21493 Filed 8-21-03; 8:45 am]
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