• Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a Wetland

Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a Wetland
To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals
This is to give notice that the City of Emhouse has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Wetland Management Protection. The activity is funded under the HUD CDBG Program under #7217120.
Project Description: Contractor shall install approximately eight thousand linear feet (8,000 l.f.) of eight-inch (8") water main, three hundred ten (310) meters, service reconnections, boring, gate valves, and all associated appurtenances.
Location: All work will occur in Navarro County, Texas. Construction shall take place in the following locations:
Water Line: • FM 3383 from CR 80 to FM 1126
Water Meters: • Throughout the County
Total Area of Disturbance: 3.8 acres
According to the USFWS Wetland Mapper, portions of the project occur in tributaries which are connected to jurisdicational wetlands in the area:
Water line: • CR 50 (150’ southeast of CR 1126) • CR 30 (650’ northeast of CR 50)
Total Area of Wetland Disturbance -. 005 acres
Natural Values of the Wetland: The natural resources of the wetland include water, biological, and societal resources. The proposed project will have minimal impacts to the wetland as it involves replacing existing water line which has been in service for years.
The City of Emhouse has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values:
Alternatives considered and reasons for non-selection:
1. Replace only the water line outside of the wetland. - Some of the residents to be served by this project are located in areas surrounded by wetland tributaries. Therefore, the only practical way to ensure they continue to get water from the City’s water system is to replace the water line which crosses the wetland tributaries. (not viable).
1. Bore under the wetlands. - The additional costs associated with boring under the wetlands would exceed available project funds. (not viable )
1. Other infrastructure considered. - While there is other infrastructure in the City that needs to be addressed, only water system improvements could be considered with this particular grant and of the water infrastructure that needs to be addressed, the City concluded that the chosen infrastructure in this project was the highest priority. (not viable)
1. No Action or Alternative Actions that Serve the Same Purpose. - If this project is not completed, some portions of the water system will continue to be inadequate, which could pose a health threat to the community. (not viable).
Mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values:
1. All work must comply with Nationwide Permit #12. 2. Preserving Natural Values and Minimizing Impacts: After construction is completed, disturbed area will need to be immediately re-vegetated with native grasses. Only native plants are to be used in the wetland and on the site. 3. Deposition and excavation of materials will need to be performed in such a manner that erosion and sedimentation will be controlled. 4. Precautions will need to be taken in handling of fuels or other hazardous materials to prevent discharge or spillage resulting in lower groundwater quality. 5. Erosion control measures such as hay bales or silt screen barriers will need to be implemented and maintained during construction as required. 6. The project engineer will need to incorporate best management practices into the specifications and plans.
The City of Emhouse will ensure applicable state and local Wetland protection procedures are followed. The City of Emhouse has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the Wetland and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Orders 11988, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments.
There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in Wetland and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about Wetlands can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in Wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk. Written comments must be received by The City of Emhouse at the following address on or before March 23, 2018 a minimum 7 calendar day comment period will begin the day after the publication and end on the 8th day after the publication:
City of Emhouse, 3825 Joe Johnson Dr., Corsicana, Texas 75110 and
903-354-6984, Attention:
Mayor Pro-Tem, Mary Jones A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from the previously mentioned address. Comments may also be submitted via email at
todd@caveconsulting.com. Date: March 15, 2018
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PostedMarch 13, 2018