PUBLIC NOTICE: Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain

To:  All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals

 

This is to give notice that Navajo Nation under Part 58 has determined that the following proposed action under the HUD Section 184 Home Loan Guarantee Program is located in the 100-year floodplain, and Navajo Nation will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action in the floodplain and the potential impacts on the floodplain from the proposed action, as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands. The proposed project is the construction of (1) single-family home on a 1.0 acre homesite lease with associated utilities in Many Farms, Arizona. Groundwork will be extensive and intensive and will affect an area up to 1.0 acre. The lease area is located entirely within a 100-year floodplain with flood depths ranging from 0.5-2 feet. The floodplain results from water overflowing canals that are parallel to U.S. Highway 191 and this floodplain potentially irrigates large amounts of farmland found in the area. The homesite lease is not located on any farmlands and the development of a new home will not significantly impact farmland irrigation in the area. The proposed project is located 2.5 miles north of the Many Farms Chapter House on the east side of the road in Many Farms, Apache County.

 

There are three primary purposes for this notice.  First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas.  Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts.  Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

 

Written comments must be received by ETD, Inc., specifically for this project under the Section 184 Home Loan Guarantee Program, at the following address on or before March 27, 2018 (a minimum 15 calendar day comment period will begin the day after the publication and end on the 16th day after the publication):  ETD, Inc., 2101 N. 4th Street, Suite 201, Flagstaff, AZ 86004 and (928) 779-6032, Attention:  Kristin Miller, Project Manager.  A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 9:00AM – 4:00PM at the same address as above or inquired via email at kmiller@etd-inc.com.  Comments may also be submitted via email at kmiller@etd-inc.com

 

 

Date Published: March 12, 2018

 

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