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FINAL NOTICE and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a Wetland

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FINAL NOTICE and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a Wetland
This is to give notice that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Wetland Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in a wetland will have on the human environment for potable water improvements under the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant program. The Lincoln Parish Police Jury proposes the following: install 6" CL160 PVC water main to replace the existing 2" PVC main, re-connect all existing services onto the 6" main, re-connect all existing laterals (4) to the 6"main, install sectionalizing valves as needed at tees and lateral connections, and install several fire hydrant assemblies in the densely populated areas. The proposed project is located in the southeast of Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana. The Lincoln Parish Police Jury has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values: (i) proposed action, (ii) no action. (i) The proposed action consists of the rehabilitation of the existing potable water distribution system. The “no action” alternative was not considered due to the need for the existing potable water system in the target area to be rehabilitated. The Lincoln Parish Police Jury has reevaluated the alternatives to building in wetlands and has determined that it has no practicable alternatives to the proposed action. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990, 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. This activity will have no significant impact on the environment for the following reasons: (i) there are no historical or cultural deposits within the project, (ii) there are no man-made or natural hazards that will endanger the public, (iii) there are no activities that will adversely affect endangered species and/or scenic streams/rivers, (iv) the presence of wetlands will not be adversely affected by any activity. The U. S. Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers stated that the project will not require a Section 10 or Section 404 permit since all wetlands will be avoided by directional horizontal drilling. There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in wetlands 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 about wetlands can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks 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 Lincoln Parish Police Jury at the following address on or before August 30, 2013: Skip Russell, President, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, P. O. Box 979, Ruston, Louisiana 71273. The Police Jury can be contacted by phone at 318-513-6200.
1td: August 23, 2013

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