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Final Public Notice: Lumber River State Park FEMA Project

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Final Public Notice: Lumber River State Park FEMA Project

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through the North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub-recipient.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives and to provide public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

 

Sub-Applicant: N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Project Title: 87625 – Lumber River State Park Debris Removal; PA-04-NC-4393-PW-02611

Location of Proposed Work:

  • Lumber River
    Start: 35.02309, -79.44270
    Stop: 34.77283, -79.33164

 

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone (SFHA):

This project is to remove approximately 31,389CY of vegetative debris along 16 miles of the Lumber River. All work is located in an AE zone or Floodway (1% Annual Chance Flood Hazard). Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the Scotland, Hoke, and Robeson County Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Panel Numbers: 3710846600L, dated 10/16/2007; 3710846400K, dated 10/17/2006; 3710848400L, 3710848200L, 371084800M, 3710839900M, and 371083939800M, dated 7/7/2014; 3710839700M and 3710930700M, dated 12/6/2019. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within the AE zone and Floodway. The proposed work will take place in wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory but will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.
 

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will remove approximately 31,289CY of vegetative debris along 16 miles of the Lumber River, which is a designated Scenic River under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The action and Lumber River are functionally dependent on their locations within the floodplain and facilitate open space use. Debris in the river poses a hazard for the safe recreational and navigational enjoyment of the river and floodplain. Impacts to the floodplain will be minimized by conducting work within navigational corridors as well as using snag and drag to a maximum of 3ft depth to prevent disturbance to the riverbed. Debris removal will improve the natural water flow allowing for safer recreation use.
 

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action): The "no action" alternative would leave the vegetative debris within the 16-mile portion of the Lumber. This would continue to pose a safety hazard for recreational use of the river and potentially impede the natural water flow within the floodplain.
 

Comment Period: 

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer
FEMA Region 4
3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, GA 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-02611 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: April 16, 2020