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FEMA DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT – LOMITAS NEGRAS ARROYO STABILIZATION PROJECT, PHASE 2

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Lomitas Negras Arroyo Stabilization Project, Rio Rancho, Sandoval County, New Mexico, HMGP DR-4079-NM Project #11

Interested persons are hereby notified that the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (SSCAFCA) has applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding under Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures that reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.

FEMA proposes to provide funding to SSCAFCA for the construction of an off-channel detention pond and bank stabilization features in the Arroyo de las Lomitas Negras to protect adjacent and downstream properties from flood and erosion damage, as well as to reduce sediment deposition in downstream facilities. The project area is located in Rio Rancho, Sandoval County, New Mexico near Saratoga Drive, Obregon Road, and NM 528 in the vicinity of Enchanted Hills Elementary School.

A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to assess the potential impacts of the proposed action and alternatives on the human and natural environment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations implementing NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500 – 1508), FEMA’s Instruction 108-1-1 for implementing NEPA, the National Historic Preservation Act, Executive Order 11988, Executive Order 11990, and 44 CFR Part 9. The draft EA evaluates alternatives that provide for compliance with applicable environmental laws. The alternatives evaluated include (1) no action; (2) the proposed action described above.

The draft EA is available for review and comment at Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado Blvd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, from Monday through Saturday 10 am to 8 pm; from January 9, 2017 to February 8, 2017. An electronic version of the draft EA can be requested from Dorothy Cook, FEMA Region 6, at dorothy.cook@fema.dhs.gov or viewed on FEMA’s website at https://www.fema.gov/library or SSCAFCA’s website at http://sscafca.org/.

The comment period will end 30 days from the initial notice publication date. Written comments on the draft EA can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to Dorothy Cook, Senior Environmental Specialist, FEMA Region 6, FEMA Region 6, 800 N Loop 288, Denton, TX 76209; Email: dorothy.cook@ fema.dhs.gov; or Fax: 940-297-0152. If no substantive comments are received, the draft EA will become final and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will be issued for the project. Substantive comments will be addressed as appropriate in the final documents.

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT:
Draft EA Lomitas Negras Phase 2