Public Notice Notification is hereby

80424 | 12/06/2019 | Ad id: 8-0000516602-01
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Public Notice Notification is hereby given to the public that the Town of Breckenridge, Colorado has requested funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a proposed infrastructure mitigation project at the Goose Pasture Tarn Dam. The project is located on the Blue River, approximately 2 miles south of Breckenridge. This notification is provided pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Executive Orders 11988 Floodplain Management, and Executive Order 11990 Wetland Protection, and Federal agency implementation procedures described in 44 C.F.R. Part 9 and FEMA Directive 108-1. Funding from FEMA's Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program will be utilized. The purpose of FEMA's mitigation program is to implement cost-effective mitigation projects that will reduce the overall risk to populations and property. This project will address identified dam safety concerns with the dam's concrete service spillway and internal drainage system, which will improve the safety and long-term operation of the dam. The project will be designed and constructed to be in conformance with the State of Colorado Division of Water Resources Dam Safety Branch Rules and Regulations for Dam Safety and Dam Construction. The proposed project includes replacement of the existing service spillway and emergency spillway with a single overtopping concrete spillway; construction of a 2.6-foot raise of the dam crest for flood protection only; construction of a new drainage system designed to safety control seepage through the dam; and lining of the 54-year old outlet conduit to protect against outlet leaks that could cause internal erosion along the conduit. A plan to safely divert river flows around the dam during construction will be implemented. The President of the United States has issued Executive Orders that require Federal Agencies to focus attention on the environment and on human health and safety when considering the funding of an action. Executive Orders 11988 Floodplain Management and 11990 Wetland Protection require federal agencies to avoid to the extent possible the long and short-term adverse impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of floodplains/wetlands and to avoid direct and indirect support of floodplain/wetland development wherever there is a practicable alternative. Construction activities associated with this project are not located in the floodplain, and original design capacity and conveyance will remain unchanged. Therefore, FEMA has determined there will be no direct or indirect impacts to the floodplain. However, with this public notice, FEMA is informing the public that portions of project construction will occur in areas of mapped wetlands. Based on the nature of the project, all practicable alternatives will result in wetlands impacts. In order to minimize impacts to wetlands, appropriate erosion and sediment control measures will be installed to control the discharge of pollutants from the construction site. It is anticipated that less than 0.5 acres will be impacted. Wetland impacts will be mitigated onsite as part of the proposed project and impacts to jurisdictional wetlands will be addressed in compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. FEMA has also evaluated potential effects of the proposed project on endangered species, and historic properties, and determined there will be no significant impacts to these resources. The Town of Breckenridge held two previous public meetings to present the proposed project on November 7th and November 14th. Public comments and questions from those meetings, and responses provided by the Town of Breckenridge are provided on the following project-specific Town website at www.TownOfBreckenridgeGPTD.com. A public comment period for the proposed project described in this notice will remain open for 15 days from date of publication. Comments can be made at the above project-specific Town Website. If no substantive comments are received, the proposed project may proceed no sooner than 15 days after the comment period closes. Interested persons may obtain more detailed information about the proposed project by contacting James Phelps by email at Email Me or by mail at Breckenridge Public Works, PO Box 168, Breckenridge, CO 80424. Information may also be requested from Daniel Jones, FEMA Environmental Specialist by email at Email Me or by mail at the Denver Federal Center, P. O. Box 25267, Denver, Colorado, 80225. Published in the Summit County Journal on December 6, 2019. 0000516602