PN 20-60 NAB-2020-60816 (City of Cumberland/CSO Storage Facility Project/Utility Line)Allegany

Published Sept. 10, 2020
Expiration date: 10/9/2020

                   Public Notice                   

U.S. Army Corps             In Reply to Application Number

of Engineers                    NAB-2020-60816 (City of Cumberland/CSO Storage Facility
Baltimore District         Project/Utility Line)
PN 20-60                         Comment Period: September 10, 2020 to October 9, 2020 


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


Mr. Robert Smith, P.E.
City of Cumberland – Engineering Division
57 North Liberty Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502


The proposed project is located along the North Branch of the Potomac River, in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland (39.623258, -78.774150).

OVERALL PROJECT PURPOSE: See HQ SOP, July 2009, Section 12 and 33 CFR 325 App B 9(b)(4)  The Corps makes the determination of overall project purpose using the information provided by the applicant.  The overall project purpose is more specific than the basic project purpose and will help establish the geographic scope of the alternatives review.  The overall project purpose should be specific enough to define the applicant’s needs, but not so restrictive as to preclude all discussion of alternatives. .  

The overall project purpose is to provide improved combined sewage and stormwater overflow storage to the City of Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland.


The proposed project consists of the installation of a new underground 78-inch pipeline designed to transport and store untreated combined sewer overflows.  The pipeline will be installed along and adjacent to approximately 2.65 miles of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.  Project activities include clearing the right-of-way, conducting trenching operations, installing various below ground pipelines and components, and temporarily stockpiling materials. Following construction, areas temporarily impacted by the project will be restored to pre-construction grade. 

The proposed project will temporarily impact 1.27 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands and 153 linear feet (0.05 acres) of stream.  In addition, the project will permanently impact 0.45 acres of forested wetland via permanent conversion to palustrine emergent wetland.  The project will result in no permanent loss of wetlands or waters. 


Activity (i.e. culvert)

Stream Impact (lf/acres)

Wetland Impact (acres)

Authority (Section 10/404/408)

Open/Cut Trench





Wetland Conversion






LEAD FEDERAL AGENCY: The National Park Service will serve as the lead federal agency, and is responsible for all coordination pursuant to applicable federal authorities.


Avoidance:  The applicant has designed the project to avoid and minimize direct and secondary adverse impacts to the maximum extent practicable by reducing the construction corridor to 80 feet wide, with bump outs for staging areas and access points where a larger construction footprint is necessary.  The applicant explored several alignment design alternatives throughout the design process.  Alternate alignments resulted in larger impacts to forested wetlands.  The project will result in no permanent loss of wetlands or waters.

Mitigation:   The applicant proposes to enhance an existing 0.41 acre wetland located approximately 12 miles downstream from the project site and approximately 3.5 miles due west of Oldtown, Maryland on National Park Service property.  The applicant proposes to create an additional 0.61 acres of wetland at this location. 


This project will be evaluated pursuant to Corps Regulatory Program Regulations (33 CFR Parts 320-332). 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 impact of this project will also include application of the Clean Water Act Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines promulgated by the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

ENDANGERED SPECIES: A preliminary review of this application indicates that the proposed work will have no effect Federally-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 RESOURCES: Pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and applicable guidance, the Corps has reviewed the latest published version of the National Register of Historic Places and initially determined that registered properties listed as eligible for inclusion, therein, are located at the site of the proposed work.  The Corps has made the preliminary determination that the proposed project would have no adverse effect on historic properties. The Corps final eligibility and effect determination will be based on coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office as appropriate and required, and with full consideration given to the proposed undertaking’s potential direct and indirect effects on historic properties within the Corps’ identified permit area.

TRIBAL RESOURCES: Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act also requires federal agencies to consult with federally-recognized American Indian tribes that attach religious and cultural significance to historic properties that may be affected by the agency’s undertaking. Corps Tribal Consultation Policy mandates an open, timely, meaningful, collaborative, and effective deliberative communication process that emphasizes trust, respect, and shared responsibility. The policy further emphasizes that, to the extent practicable and permitted by law, consultation works toward mutual consensus and begins at the earliest planning stages, before decisions are made and actions taken.  The Corps final eligibility and effect determination will be based on coordination with interested tribes, in accordance with the Corps current tribal standard operating procedures as appropriate and required, and with full consideration given to the proposed undertaking’s potential direct and indirect effects on tribal resources.

MODIFICATION OF CIVIL WORKS PROJECTS:  33 USC 408 (SECTION 408):  All Section 408 proposals will be coordinated internally at USACE.  The Section 408 decision will be issued along with the Section 404 and/or Section 10 decision.  Please see the following link for more information regarding Section 408:

WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION:  The applicant is required to obtain a water quality certification in accordance with Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.   

COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS:  Where applicable, the applicant has certified in this application that the proposed activity complies with and will be conducted in a manner consistent with the approved Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program.  By this public notice, we are requesting the State concurrence or objection to the applicant’s consistency statement.

The applicant must obtain any State or local government permits which may be required.

SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS: 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 and are subject to release to the public through the Freedom of Information Act.  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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District within the comment period specified above through postal mail at the address below or electronic submission to the project manager email address below. Written comments should reference the Application Number (NAB-2020-60816).

PUBLIC HEARING REQUESTS:  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 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.   The public hearing request may be submitted by electronic mail or mailed to the following address:

Jamie H. Larkin
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District
Regulatory Branch
2 Hopkins Plaza
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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

General information regarding the Corps’ permitting process can be found on our website at  This public notice has been prepared in accordance with Corps implementing regulations at 33 CFR 325.3.  If you have any questions concerning this specific project, or would like to request a paper copy of this public notice, please contact (Jamie Larkin, (410)-962-4522, and  This public notice is issued by the Chief, Regulatory Branch.