Natural Resources Conservation Service, Agriculture.
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 (FRS) No. 18A of the Little Elm and Laterals Watershed of the Trinity River Watershed, Collin County, Texas.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Larry D. Butler, Ph.D, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 101 South Main, Temple, Texas 76501-7682, Telephone (254) 742-9800. Start Printed Page 34445End 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, Ph.D, 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 No. 18A to maintain the present level of flood control benefits and comply with the current performance and safety standards.
To meet current performance and safety standards for high hazard dams, the modification of FRS No. 18A will include vertically raising the dam's effective elevation by 1.8 feet, flattening the front and back slopes of the dam to 3:1, removing the orifice plate, and installing an impact basin below the principal spillway. Approximately 10 acres will be disturbed during construction. 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 cost is estimated to be $916,400 of which $667,400 will be paid from the Small Watershed Rehabilitation funds and $249,000 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 Dr. 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: June 7, 2005.
Larry D. Butler,
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