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Final Public Notice Pursuant to 44 CFR § 9.12 Concerning Floodplain Management

Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority 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 a 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: Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority

Project Title: Lower Cape Fear WASA Bladen Bluffs Regional Surface Water System

Location of Proposed Work: Facility and Address



Near: 17014 NC Hwy 87 West, just north of Tar Heel, North Carolina

Start: 34.77210

End: 34.77240

Start: -78.79841

End: -78.79859

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is for repairs to the Bladen Bluffs Regional Surface Water System, which is located in an AE Zone. Confirmation of location in AE Zone was determined by the latest Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3720036600J. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work will be installed within the existing footprint and will have no effect on the local floodplain. The proposed work will pass through wetland classification PFO1C, PFO1/4A Freshwater Forested/Shrub Wetland per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory. The actions will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by similar flooding events due to its location in a floodplain. As such, measures have been identified to protect these facilities against future flooding events, as well as minimize the short-term and long-term impacts on the floodplain.

Proposed Work and Purpose: Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority will repair the Surface Water System by applying 2200 CY of fill to repair eroded river bank back to pre-storm slope condition. Construction may require "wood mat" placement on access road in wetlands. A hazard mitigation proposal is included to re-enforce the bank using native shrubs, grasses and erosion control blankets to minimize bank erosion. In addition, 60 CY of Class 1 rip-rap will be restored along the pipe centerline in a 40' wide area to protect water lines in future events.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (no action alternative): The 'no action' alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on the community. Failure to repair bank would increase loss to the community by leaving air scour pipes unprotected.

Alternative #2: Elevating the piping above the BFE is not a viable option because the piping needs to remain underground for the end to be underwater.

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, Georgia, 30341


Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-01284 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 15 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: (10/16/2019)

End of Notice