TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Comments are invited on the work described below. Please see the Public Involvement section for details on submitting comments.
Point of Contact. If additional information is desired, please contact the project manager, Mrs. Cynthia Blansett, telephone number: (501) 324-5295, mailing address: Little Rock District Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Division, PO Box 867, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203‑0867, email address: Cynthia.W.Blansett@usace.army.mil.
Project Information. Pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S. Code 403) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S. Code 1344), notice is hereby given that
Mountain View Ready Mix, Incorporated
Attn: Mr. Todd Lancaster
PO Box 1398
Mountain View, Arkansas 72560-1398
has applied for a fifth 5-year extension of their Department of the Army permit to remove a maximum of 10,000 cubic yards (cy) of sand and gravel annually from a 4,100-foot-long sand and gravel bar. The bar is located on the left descending bank of the White River, mile 341.5, just downstream from the State Highway 9 Bridge, near Mountain View, Izard County, Arkansas.
The original permit was issued in 1983, and renewed in 1990, 1995, 2001, and 2007. The permit extension would continue to authorize the removal of sand and gravel from the bar by use of a rubber-tired front-end loader during periods of low water on the river between September 1st and November 30th of each year. Material excavated would be loaded on trucks and hauled from the site. No processing, stockpiling, or depositing of material would be allowed at the excavation site. No work would be accomplished in the water. All equipment would be removed from the gravel bar when not in use, and the bar would be left smooth, uniform, and sloped toward the river after each day’s operation. No pot holes would be left exposed after the digging operation or left overnight. No material would be removed closer than 10 feet horizontally from the edge of the water at the time of excavation.
The permittee surveys the bar each year, prior to removing any material, and submits that information for the Corp’s review within two weeks after the start of each year’s sand and gravel removal. The information contains the amount of material removed the previous year and a drawing, with elevations, showing the profile of the bar.
The location and general plan for the proposed work are shown on the enclosed sheets 1 through 3 of 3.
The Little Rock Regulatory Division does not typically require mitigation for Standard Permits specific to Section 10 activities, such as dredging. Due to this established standard operating procedure and the minor impacts of the project, no mitigation will be required if the authorization is extended.
Project Purpose: The basic purpose of the project is to supply aggregate for the production of ready mix concrete by the applicant. The overall purpose of the project is to perform dredging within the specified sand bar area of the river’s navigation channel. The project is water dependent.
Water Quality Certification. By copy of this public notice, the applicant is requesting water quality certification from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) in accordance with Section 401(a)(1) of the Clean Water Act. Upon completion of the comment period and a public hearing, if held, a determination relative to water quality certification will be made. Evidence of this water quality certification or waiver of the right to certify must be submitted prior to the issuance of a Corps of Engineers permit.
Cultural Resources. A Corps staff archeologist will review topographic maps, the National Register of Historic Places, and other data on reported sites in the area. The District Engineer invites responses to this public notice from Native American Nations or tribal governments; Federal, State, and local agencies; historical and archeological societies; and other parties likely to have knowledge of or concerns with historic properties in the area. This public notice initiates consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act with any Tribe that has information or concerns with historic properties in the proposed permit area.
Endangered Species. Our preliminary determination is that the proposed activity will not affect listed Endangered Species or their critical habitat. A copy of this notice is being furnished to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and appropriate state agencies and constitutes a request to those agencies for information on whether any listed or proposed‑to‑be‑listed endangered or threatened species may be present in the area which would be affected by the proposed activity.
Flood Plain. We are providing copies of this notice to appropriate flood plain officials in accordance with 44 CFR Part 60 (Flood Plain Management Regulations Criteria for Land Management and Use) and Executive Order 11988 on Flood Plain Management.
Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines. The evaluation of activities to be authorized under this permit which involves the discharge of dredged or fill material will include application of guidelines promulgated by the Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, under authority of Section 404(b) of the Clean Water Act. These guidelines are contained in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 230.
Public Involvement. Any interested party is invited to submit to the above-listed POC written comments or objections relative to the proposed work on or before 9 October 2012. Substantive comments, both favorable and unfavorable, will be accepted and made a part of the record and will receive full consideration in determining whether this work would be in the public interest. 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. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefit which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered including the cumulative effects thereof; among those are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historic properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, flood plain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, considerations of property ownership and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people.
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 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.
Any person may request in writing within the comment period specified in this notice that a public hearing be held to consider this application. Requests for public hearings shall state, with particularity, the reasons for holding a public hearing. The District Engineer will determine if the issues raised are substantial and whether a hearing is needed for making a decision.
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Approximate Coordinates of Project Center
Latitude: 35.93331 Longitude: -92.10938
UTM Zone: 15 North: 3976917 East: 580338