PUBLIC NOTICE: Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-year Floodplain

To:  All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals

 

This is to give notice that the Navajo Nation under Part 58 has conducted an evaluation 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 Wetlands Protection.  The activity is funded under the Section 184 Home Loan Guarantee Program. The proposed project(s) is located  2.5 miles north of the Many Farms Chapter House on the east side of the road in Many Farms, Apache County.  The project sponsor will place (1) single-family home on a 1.0 acre homesite lease along with associated utilities. Groundwork will be intensive and extensive and will affect an area up to 1.0 acre. The lease area is located entirely within a 100-year floodplain, which has 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 farmland and the development of a new home will not significantly impact farmland irrigation in the area.

 

Navajo Nation has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values: Obtaining a new homesite lease outside of a floodplain and going through the leasing process again will incur additional time and monetary costs. The project sponsor will obtain flood insurance and will ensure the home’s foundation is two feet or higher in order to avoid impacts to the property during a 100-year flood. This will also mitigate disturbance to the floodplain.

 

Navajo Nation has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the floodplain and has determined that it has no practicable alternative.  Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988 are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments.

 

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.  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 April 16, 2018 (a minimum 7 calendar day comment period will begin the day after the publication and end on the 8th 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: April 9, 2018

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