FORT WORTH, Texas – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official announce today the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Lake Ralph Hall project and is evaluating a Department of the Army permit application from the Upper Trinity Regional Water District. Permits are issued under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (Section 404), which regulates the placement of dredge or fill material in the nation’s waters.
The Fort Worth District prepared the Draft EIS to analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of the proposal. The purpose of the Draft EIS is to provide decision-makers and the public with information pertaining to the Proposed Action and alternatives, and to disclose environmental impacts and identify mitigation measures to reduce impacts. The Draft EIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ regulations for NEPA implementation (33 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] parts 230 and 325, Appendices B and C). The Corps, Fort Worth District, Regulatory Branch is the lead federal agency responsible for the Draft EIS and information contained in it will serve as the basis for a decision regarding issuance of a Section 404 permit.
Oral and/or written comments may also be presented at the public hearing to be held Thursday, October 25, 2018 at H.L. Milton Sports Complex, 601 W. Mill Street, Ladonia, TX 75449 at 5:30 p.m. An open house will be held at the public hearing at 5:30 p.m., and the hearing will be called to order at 6:30 p.m. This is to allow the public an opportunity to review information associated with the Draft EIS as well as ask questions of resource specialists concerning the document. The open house and public hearing will not include a formal presentation.
Electronic copies of the Draft EIS may be obtained from the Fort Worth Regulatory Office or its website at https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Permitting/Proposed-Lake-Ralph-Hall/
About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico. Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and SWF Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/usacefortworth/.
Release no. 18-055