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Public Notice - South Delta Ditches Plan EA

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT:

SOUTH DELTA SUB-WATERSHED PROJECT DITCHES WORKS OF IMPROVEMENT

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces their intent to adopt the SOUTH DELTA SUB-WATERSHED PROJECT DITCHES WORKS OF IMPROVEMENT, Environmental Assessment (EA) dated August 31, 2020, under the provisions of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR para 1506.3).

The NRCS has reviewed the EA and has determined that it adequately addresses the environmental impacts related to the proposed action for Watershed Program, funding the installation of works of improvement on approximately 33 miles of project ditches. The works of improvement include clearing and snagging, ditch reshaping, selective culvert replacement, land treatment measures, and a grade control structure.

The Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ) released guidance on March 6, 2012, titled “Improving the Process for Preparing Efficient and Timely Environmental Reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act.” The guidance directs that if the actions covered by the original EA and the proposed action are substantially the same, the agency adopting the EA is not required to re-circulate the EA as a draft for public review and comment.

The EA has already gone through the public scoping process conducted by the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation. Since the NRCS is proposing to fund a portion of the EA actions as described above, we will accept comments on the EA adoption at the address below for 30 days from the date of posting of this notice.

For further information concerning adoption of the EA, actions being taken by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or to provide written comment, or inquires on or before October 7, 2020, contact: Olguy Louis, Mississippi State Conservation Engineer, United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 100 W Capitol Street, Suite 1321 Jackson, MS 39269 at Olguy.Louis@usda.gov. A copy of the EA is available at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ms/newsroom/pnotice/.

NRCS will review comments and determine whether it is appropriate to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact or to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement before the action proceeds.

 

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