November 11, 2014
2011-00961-arl (Flat Branch)
FEDERAL PUBLIC NOTICE
The District Commander has received a joint application for Federal and State permits as described below:
City of Manassas
Attn: Sung Jin Chung
8500 Public Works Drive
Manassas, Virginia 20110
WATERWAY AND LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED WORK: The approximately 24-acre project site is located to the southeast of the intersection of Rolling Road and Hospital Way in the City of Manassas, Virginia.
PROPOSED WORK AND PURPOSE: The applicant proposes the construction of an in-line regional stormwater management facility that will assist the City in meeting Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements. The facility’s outlet structure will consist of a combined dropped inlet principle/emergency spillway in the form of a riser, outlet conduit, and riprap outlet protection. The proposed dam embankment will be approximately 17 feet high with less than 50 ac-ft of storage to the top of the dam. The facility will drain to an unnamed tributary of Flat Branch. Impacts associated with construction of the pond include permanent impacts to 871 linear feet of perennial stream channel and temporary impacts to 77 linear of perennial stream channel.
As compensation for impacts to waters and wetlands of the US the applicant is proposing to purchase stream credits. The appropriate compensation has been determined using the COE/DEQ approved Unified Stream Methodology (USM). All stream credit purchases will completed at a COE wetland and stream mitigation bank.
In addition to the required Department of the Army permit, the applicant must obtain a Virginia Water Protection Permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) assuring that applicable laws and regulations pertaining to water quality are not violated. Project drawings are attached.
AUTHORITY: Permits are required pursuant to Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act (Public Law 95-217) and Title 62.1 of the Code of Virginia.
FEDERAL EVALUATION OF APPLICATION: The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity on the public interest. The decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits which reasonably may be expected from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All of the proposal's relevant factors will be considered, including conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, cultural values, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, flood plain values, land use classification, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, consideration of property ownership and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people. The Environmental Protection Agency's "Guidelines for Specification of Disposal Sites for Dredged or Fill Material" will also be applied (Section 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act).
The Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, state, and local agencies and officials; Indian Tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of this proposed activity. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps of Engineers to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal. To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above. Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity. Anyone may request a public hearing to consider this permit application by writing to the District Commander within 30 days of the date of this notice, stating specific reasons for holding the public hearing. The District Commander will then decide if a hearing should be held.
Preliminary review indicates that: (l) no environmental impact statement will be required; (2) after conducting the NAO ESA Project Review Process, no listed/proposed/candidate species and/or designated/proposed critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1544, 87 Stat. 884), as amended) will be affected; and (3) known properties eligible for inclusion or included in the National Register of Historic Places are in or near the permit area therefore the project will be coordinated directly with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources for a 30 day comment period and with the National Park Service for a 15 day comment period.
For compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended for projects located in Tidewater, the applicant must certify that federally licensed or permitted activities affecting Virginia's coastal uses or resources will be conducted in a manner consistent with the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCP) and obtain concurrence from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Office of Environmental Impact Review (OEIR). We have not received a certification from the applicant prior to publication of this public notice. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit a consistency certification to the Office of Environmental Impact Review for concurrence or objection and proof of concurrence must be submitted to the Corps prior to final permit issuance. A template federal consistency certification can be found here: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/EnvironmentalImpactReview/FederalConsistencyReviews.aspx#cert. For more information or to obtain a list of the enforceable policies of the VCP, contact the Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Environmental Impact Review at (804) 698-4330 or e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMENT PERIOD: Request for hard copies or comments on this project should be made in writing, addressed to the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers (ATTN: Anna R. Lawston), PO Box 578, Amissville, Virginia 20106, or at email@example.com and should be received by the close of business on Monday, December 10, 2014.
PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY: Comments and information, including the identity of the submitter, submitted in response to this Public Notice may be disclosed, reproduced, and distributed at the discretion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Information that is submitted in connection with this Public Notice cannot be maintained as confidential by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Submissions should not include any information that the submitter seeks to preserve as confidential.
If you have any questions about this project or the permit process, contact Ms. Anna R. Lawston via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 540-937-4197.
FOR THE DISTRICT COMMANDER:
Anna R. Lawston
Northern Virginia Regulatory Section