US Army Corps of Engineers
Huntington District

Update

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District (Huntington District) is assembling baseline data in support of the Zoar Levee & Diversion Dam, Dam Safety Modification Study. The baseline data is being collected and evaluated to better define the risk to the public from the project and to obtain a better understanding of what significant resources are present.  This is an essential step that must be completed prior to formulating any alternatives to manage any identified, unacceptable dam safety risks and will provide critical information on significant resources that could be affected by different alternatives. These studies are scheduled for completion during the summer of 2013.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE STUDIES, VIEW PRESENTATIONS DATED

MARCH 6 2013  AND MARCH 7 2013 UNDER THE MEETING PRESENTATIONS TAB

ENGINEERING RISK ASSESSMENT

The engineering baseline study is estimating the existing risk of the levee and diversion dam and specifically identifies potential ways the project could fail that should be addressed during the Dam Safety Modification Study.  

PLANNING BASELINE STUDIES

The planning baseline studies are designed to help identify resources within a pre-defined study area (charted below in red) designed to capture locations and the extent of significant resources to be aware of during the formulation of alternatives to address any identified dam safety risks.

Econ Baseline Structures Map

STUDY AREA – CHARTED IN RED

It is important to note there are NO PLANNED activities within this study area at this time and NO ALTERNATIVES have been formulated at this time.

This study area was defined to include the incorporated limits of Zoar Village, the current National Register of Historic Places boundary for the Zoar State Memorial Site, and elevation 916 ft above mean sea level located behind the levee and upstream of the diversion dam.

The goal of planning baseline studies is to gather sufficient information to be able to assess the extent and cost associated with impacting any significant resources for different alternatives. This data is then used to evaluate and compare each alternative for impacts and benefits on an equitable basis.


COMMUNITY, HISTORIC PROPERTIES, AND HABITAT STUDIES

Key planning studies being finalized include a Community Impacts Baseline Study, a Historic Property Baseline Study, and a Terrestrial & Aquatic Habitat Baseline Study.  Draft copies of these community impacts  and habitat studies, as well as an executive summary of the historic property baseline study can be found beneath the Studies Tab on this website. 

Hard copies of these studies have also been placed at the Tuscarawas County libraries in Bolivar and New Philadelphia, as well as the Zoar Store and Visitor Center. 

 The Huntington District would appreciate receiving comments on these studies to make sure they are as accurate as possible, no later than March 29, 2013.


HAZARDOUS MATERIALS STUDIES

The Huntington District is also working to identify any potentially hazardous, toxic or radioactive waste in the study area. If you know of the location of any potentially hazardous materials in the study area, please let us know.  We would appreciate receiving these comments by May 3, 2013.


ECONOMIC STUDIES

The Huntington District is also assembling an inventory of structures in the study area to support an economic baseline understanding.  Please help us improve this study by reviewing the Econ Baseline Structures Map in the Studies Tab on this website. Once you have the map up:

1) Zoom in on your building.

2) Write-down the inventory number assigned by the Huntington District.

3) Collect the following information:

a.How old is your building / when was it built?

b.What is the square footage of the building?

c.Does the building have a basement?

d.How many stories is the building (not including the basement)?

e.What is the average number of people in the building during the day?

i.Of those people, how many are over 65 years of age.

f. What is the average number of people in the building during the night?

i.Of those people, how many are over 65 years of age.

4) Send this data to the Huntington District by May 3, 2013.

 

 

All comments can be made:

 Telephonically at 304-399-5720;

By email at zoarlevee@usace.army.mil

Or in writing at

Attention Zoar Levee Baseline Comments:

CELRH-PM-PD-R

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District

502 Eighth Street

Huntington, West Virginia 25701