Project Background: The project was authorized for construction by the Water Resources Development Act of 1986, Section 401 (P.L. 99-662). The General Reevaluation Report (GRR) and Environmental Assessment were initiated in 1993; however, the project was then put on hold due to lack of non-Federal sponsorship until 1998 when local interest was renewed and additional funding was appropriated. The plan provides between 10-year and 20-year frequency flood protection and has a positive benefit-to-cost ratio. The Logan County Commission agreed to serve as the non-Federal sponsors and the West Virginia Conservation Agency agreed to provide non-Federal financial support for the channel modification. The non-Federal sponsor was responsible for providing all lands, easements, rights-of-way, relocations, and disposal sites (LERRDs) for the project and required to pay at least 5% of the total project cost in cash.
Project Description: The project includes widening the Island Creek channel to an 80-foot bottom width for a distance of 3,600 feet upstream of its confluence with the Guyandotte River. Along the channel reach, a post and panel retaining wall, and sloped bank lined with stone slope protection and concrete revetment was constructed to stabilize the creek bank behind adjacent commercial structures. Physical construction was completed in 2014 and the project was dedicated in April 2014. The project cost is approximately $40 million.