PN18-23 (Dorseyville Run Sewer Interceptor) - 2017-60917 - Howard Co.

Published May 1, 2018
Expiration date: 6/1/2018

                                                                                 Public Notice

U.S. Army Corps                In Reply to Application Number

of Engineers                      CENAB-OPR-M (Dorseyville Run Sewer Interceptor)

Baltimore District             2017-60917-M38


PN 18-23                             Comment Period: May 1, 2018 to June 1, 2018




This District has received an application for a Department of the Army permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33. U.S.C. 1344) as described below:


APPLICANT:          Mr. Kin Siew, P.E.

                                Howard County Dept. of Public Works

                                Utility Design Division, 9250 Bendix Road

                                Columbia, Maryland 21045


WATERWAY AND LOCATION: The proposed project extends from south of Route 1 (Washington Blvd.) / Assateague Dr. intersection to the pump station at the terminus of Patuxent Range Rd, esat of Dorsey Run Rd., located in Dorsey Run, Jessup, Howard County, Maryland.


PROPOSED WORK: The Howard County Department of Public Works (HCDPW) Utility Design Division (UDD) proposes replacement of the existing Dorsey Run sanitary sewer interceptor, within an approximately 2.5 mile project corridor.  Sewer interceptor improvements are needed to prevent potential wastewater overflows and surcharge flow conditions under existing and future zoning densities.  The project involves primarily in-trench replacement of the existing interceptor pipe along the existing sewer easement.  Several discrete segments of parallel pipe will be constructed along a new alignment to shift the pipe away from the stream bank of Dorsey Run.  A new pipe segment will be constructed to provide more efficient conveyance of sewage from the existing pipe alignment directly to the Dorsey Run Pumping Station at the southern end of the project area.  The project will result in the following impacts to aquatic resources:


  • Temporarily impact 1.76 acres of Palustrine Emergent Wetlands (PEM), 0.23 acres of Palustrine Scrub-Shrub Wetlands (PSS) and 2.87 acres of Palustrine Forested Wetland (PFO) associated with the sewer line installation.


  • Temporarily impact 1,618 linear feet (lf) of stream channel associated with the sewer line installation.


  • Permanently stabilize 810 linear feet (lf) of stream channel with rock and live stakes.


In order to restore temporarily impacted aquatic resources on-site, approximnately 1.76 acres of PEM wetlands will be seeded with a wetland seed mix after construction, 0.25 acres of PSS wetland will be planted with shrubs/small woody vegetation and 1.63 acres of PFO wetland will be planted with trees (2.87 restored canopy closure).  All work will be completed in accordance with the enclosed plans dated January 2018.


If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Mr. Donald Bole at 410-962-6079 or


The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts, 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 reasonable 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, economic, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, cultural values, 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, and consideration of property ownership and in general, the needs and welfare of the people.


The evaluation of the impacts of the work described above on the public interest will include application of the Clean Water Act 404(b)(1) Guidelines promulgated by the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under authority of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.


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 provided will become part of the public record for this action.  Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.


Written comments concerning the work described above related to the factors listed above or other pertinent factors must be received by the District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, [Attn: Mr. Donald Bole, CENAB-OPR-M], U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201 or, within the comment period specified above.


WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION: The applicant is required to obtain a water quality certification in accordance with Section 401 of the Clean Water Act from the Maryland Department of the Environment.  Any written comments concerning the work described above which relate to water quality certification must be received by the Maryland Department of the Environment, Montgomery Park Business Center, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 430, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1708 within the comment period as specified above to receive consideration.  MDE has a statutory limit of one year from the date of this public notice to make its decision.

FEDERALLY LISTED SPECIES: A preliminary review of this application indicates that the proposed work will not affect Federal listed threatened or endangered species or their critical habitat, pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, as amended.  As the evaluation of this application continues, additional information may become available which could modify this preliminary determination.


HISTORIC AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES: Review of the latest published version of the National Register of Historic Places indicates that no registered properties listed as eligible for inclusion, therein, are located at the site of the proposed work.  Currently unknown archeological, scientific, prehistoric, or historical data may be lost or destroyed by the work to be accomplished under the request permit.


Any person who has an interest which may be adversely affected by the issuance of this permit may request a public hearing.  The request, which must be in writing, must be received by the District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, [Attn: Mr. Donald Bole, CENAB-OP-RMN], U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201, within the comment period as specified above to receive consideration.  Also, it must clearly set forth the interest which may be adversely affected by this activity and the manner in which the interest may be adversely affected.


It is requested that you communicate this information concerning the proposed work to any persons know by you to be interested and not being known to this office, who did not receive a copy of this notice.







Joseph P. DaVia

Chief, Maryland Section Northern