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Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain and Wetland.

Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain and Wetland.

To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals

This is to give notice that the The Town of Wedowee has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order(s) 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection. The activity is funded under ADECA’s ESG Program Project No. SM-CM-PF-21- 022. The proposed project(s) is located between the sewer line connection at 1st Avenue SE and the Wedowee lagoon in Town of Wedowee, Randolph County. This project will install 2,550 linear feet of new sanitary sewer line, install 10 new manholes, and replace and fill the existing deteriorated and damaged line and manholes connecting the Wedowee lagoon to the existing line at 1st Ave. This project will be partially funded by ADECA with CDBG grant funds. The design and construction of this project will bring the utility into compliance with current permitting requirements as well as the Consent Order between the Water, Sewer, and Gas Board and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. This project does occur in a 100-year floodplain where the existing line occurs. New installed pipe can be set to a lower grade to improve branch flow where the pipe is currently exposed, and the new pipe can maintain the existing carrying capacity to the lagoon. The new manholes will be placed outside of the footprint of the branch, behind the top of the stream bank to stop sanitary sewer overflows into the branch and prevent stream water from entering the sewer main. The proposed project will take place in approximately 0.97 acres of floodplain and less than 0.25 acres of wetlands.

The Town of Wedowee has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values: The sanitary sewer line that will be replaced with this project also occurs within the same floodplain and wetland area. Alternatives that were considered include leaving the current sewer line in place and slip lining the current pipe. Not replacing the line would continue to overflow along Frog Level Branch and reverse any repairs to the lagoon. Slip lining the pipe is not ideal for pipes in this state of degradation. The design and construction of this project will bring the utility into compliance with current permitting requirements as well as the Consent Order between the Water, Sewer, and Gas Board and ADEM. A Nationwide 58 permit will be implemented to satisfy USCOE requirements for wetlands. This project will comply with all state and local floodplain/wetland protection procedures.

The Town of Wedowee has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the floodplain development and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of floodplain development, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments.

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in a floodplain development and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplain development can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplain development, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received by the The Town of Wedowee at the following address on or before 7/28/2022: The Town of Wedowee, P.O. Box 270, Wedowee, AL 36278 and 256-357-2122, Attention: Timothy Coe, Mayor. A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 8 am to 5 pm at Wedowee City Hall, 24 N Main Street, Wedowee, AL 36278. Comments may also be submitted via email at townofwedowee@aol.com.

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