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Legal Notice - BC14

Brush Creek Watershed, Mercer County, West Virginia

AGENCY:  Natural Resources Conservation Service.

ACTION:  Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment.

SUMMARY:  Pursuant to Section 102(2) (C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR Part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR Part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, give notice that an environmental assessment is being prepared for the Brush Creek Watershed, Mercer County, West Virginia.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Kevin Wickey, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1550 Earl Core Road, Suite 200, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505.  Telephone: 304-284-7540.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  The environmental assessment of this federally assisted action indicates that the project may cause significant local, regional or national impacts on the environment.  As a result of these findings, Kevin Wickey, State Conservationist, has determined that the preparation and review of an environmental assessment is needed for this project.

The project concerns the rehabilitation of the Brush Creek Site 14 dam and impoundment to meet current design criteria and performance standards.  The Site 14 dam is located about 3.5 miles southeast of Princeton.  It was constructed in 1966 as a multipurpose flood control, recreation and water supply structure.  Alternatives under consideration include armoring the auxiliary spillway.  In addition to these structural alternatives, a no-action and a decommissioning alternative will be evaluated.

A draft environmental assessment will be prepared and circulated for review by agencies and the public.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service invites participation and consultation of agencies and individuals that have special expertise, legal jurisdiction, or interest in the preparation of the draft environmental assessment.  A scoping meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 and will begin at 3:00 PM.  The location will be the Mercer County 4-H Camp Assembly Hall.  Comments received, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposal.  Further information on the proposed action or the scoping meeting may be obtained from Kevin Wickey, State Conservationist, at the above address or telephone (304-284-7540).

State Conservationist
March 24, 2014

(This activity is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under No. 10.904 – Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention – and is subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials.)