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 Burnsville Lake  

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Huntington District is beginning the public involvement phase of the Burnsville Lake & Sutton Lake projects Regional Master Plan revision. This stage is to inform the public of the revision process and receive public input. Huntington District is providing an online public participation presentation to inform and receive public input to begin the process of revising the master plan.

Normally, USACE would conduct a face-to-face public workshop to announce the start of the revision and to request comments from the public. However, precautions associated with the COVID-19 virus have made it necessary to conduct the public involvement process online instead of hosting a face-to-face workshop.

Some older Master Plan documents and maps are available to download at the bottom of the page. You will also find a fillable comment form to submit comments regarding the Regional Master Plan. Provided below is the public presentation.

About Burnsville Lake and Sutton Lake

Burnsville Lake is a 962 acre reservoir located southeast of the town of Burnsville in Braxton County, West Virginia.  Burnsville was authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1938.  Project purposes are, flood risk management, fish and wildlife conservation, recreation, low flow augmentation and water quality control. Land includes 13,219 fee acres and 98 easement acres. There are ten recreation areas on the project, including Corps operated campgrounds and day use areas.

Sutton Lake is a 1,520 acre reservoir on the Elk River in Braxton and Webster counties, West Virginia.  Sutton Lake was authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1938, construction was c completed in Jun 1960 and serves a drainage area of 537 square miles. Project purposes are flood risk management, fish and wildlife conservation, recreation, and enhanced recreation. Land includes 13,154 fee acres and 208 easement acres. There are ten recreation areas on the project; including Corps operated campgrounds and day use areas.

What is a Master Plan?

The Master Plan is the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all project recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resources project. Revision of the Master Plan will not address in detail the technical operational aspects of the reservoir related to the water supply or flood risk management missions of the project. As both projects are in close proximity to each other, the revision will result in a single document addressing both projects in the form of a Regional Master Plan.

Why Revise the Burnsville Lake & Sutton Lake Master Plans?

The current Master Plan at Burnsville Lake and Sutton Lake are outdated and do not comply with current USACE guidance regarding master plans. Changes have occurred over time and need to be captured to reflect the current and future management of the projects. The current master plans and land classifications are in need of revision to address changes in regional land use, population, outdoor recreation trends, and USACE management policy. Key topics to be addressed in the revised Regional Master Plan include revised land classifications, new natural and recreational resource management objectives, recreation facility needs, and special topics such as invasive species management and protection of sensitive wildlife habitat. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the Master Plan.

Virtual Public Meeting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Huntington District is hosting an online public participation presentation to inform and receive public input to begin the process of revising the master plan for the Burnsville Lake and Sutton Lake projects as a Regional Master Plan.

Normally, USACE would conduct a face-to-face public workshop to announce the start of the revision and to request comments from the public. However, precautions associated with the COVID-19 virus have made it necessary to conduct the public involvement process online instead of hosting a face-to-face workshop.

Date: March 2, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM

How:

The teleconference and video call-in information is listed below:

Call-in Number: 1-844-621-3956

ACCESS CODE: 146 132 6885

Webex: https://drreedinc.webex.com/meet/lhornung51

As the planning process develops, come back periodically to explore this website to learn more about the master plan update process and proposed updates.

 

If you have submitted a comment via the comment box, please also submit your comments to the email, BurnsvilleSuttonMP@usace.army.mil

Schedule

Near Future Dates
March 2, 2021: Pubic Virtual Meeting @6pm

 April 16, 2021: Public Comment Period Closes

Approximate Future Project Milestone Dates
June 2021: First Draft Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment
August 2021: Resource Objective Public Meeting
January 2022: Final Draft Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment
April 2022: Final Regional Master Plan

 

Points of Contact

• Comments can be submitted by email to:
    BurnsvilleSuttonMP@usace.army.mil

• Comments can be submitted by mail to:
     Rebecca Rutherford
     502 8th Street
     Huntington, WV 25701