The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District (USACEBaltimore) is in the process of updating the Master Plan (MP) and preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Alvin R. Bush Project (ARB) located on Kettle Creek in Clinton County, Pennsylvania. The update of the plan will be in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the January 2013 updates to the Engineer Regulation (ER) and Engineering Pamphlet (EP), and the November 2015 policy memorandum Revision to ER and EP 1130-2-550 Master Plans.
ARB was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1954, and was constructed, and is managed, by USACE for the purposes of flood risk management, recreation, and environmental stewardship. This Master Plan considers all USACE-managed and maintained portions of land at ARB. It does not consider specific future development opportunities for leased areas, such as Kettle Creek State Park (Managed by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources).
The draft MP supplement and EA are anticipated to be publicly released in spring 2020. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the initiation of the preparation of an EA for the ARB Project Master Plan. We request that federal and state agencies provide information concerning interests within your organization’s area of responsibility or expertise, and the public provide information that may be pertinent to this assessment. The agencies and public can provide comments or information that may be pertinent to this assessment to the address listed below until July 13, 2019. A timely review of the enclosed map and a written response will be greatly appreciated and will assist us with preparation of the EA.
A public review meeting will be held after the initial public submittal to allow opportunity for the public to submit ideas, comments, and feedback on the Draft Master Plan and Draft EA. This public review meeting will be scheduled when the draft master plan and EA have been completed. An invite will be distributed in advance of the meeting indicating the location and time of the event. All updates regarding the Master Plan Update and public meetings may be found on the following site: https://www.nab.usace.army.mil/ARB-Master-Plan-Revision/.
If you would like to request a public scoping meeting to discuss the scope and intent of this project OR if you have any questions, please contact Natural Resource Management Specialist, Andy Hofmann at (410) 962-4370 or at Andrew.D.Hofmann@usace.army.mil by July 13, 2019. Additionally, questions can be mailed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Operations Division, Subject: Alvin R. Bush Dam Project, 2 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201.