TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The intent of this Public Notice is to provide an opportunity for the public to express their views on the proposed adverse effects to historic properties associated with the Ohio-Erie Canal Aquatic Nuisance Species Control Project.
APPLICANT: Ohio Department of Natural Resources
2045 Morse Road
Columbus, Ohio 43229
LOCATION: As depicted on the attached project location map (Sheet 1), the proposed project is located approximately 0.10 mile southwest of the terminus of Carnegie Avenue in the City of Akron, Summit County, Ohio (latitude 41.027901, longitude -81.577144).
DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED WORK: The applicant proposes to discharge approximately 13 cubic yards of fill material into approximately 0.01 acre of wetlands at Area C in conjunction with construction activities to raise the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath to reduce the risk of invasive fish species from migrating from the Ohio River watershed to the Lake Erie watershed. Refer to the enclosed construction drawings for a depiction of the proposed activities (Sheets 2 and 3).
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) was determined to be the lead federal agency for this undertaking due to the requirement to obtain authorization under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the discharge of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States. The proposal is being evaluated under Nationwide Permit #3 as described in the January 6, 2017 Federal Register, Issuance and Reissuance of Nationwide Permits (82 FR 1860).
The Corps is mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) to ensure no Federal undertaking, including a Corps permit action, which may affect historic resources, is commenced before the impacts of such action are considered and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) are provided an opportunity to comment as required by the NHPA, 36 CFR 800, and 33 CFR 325, Appendix C.
Based on a review of the information provided by the applicant, it has been determined that one archaeological site, 33SU679, is eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places for its association with the historic Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath or historic construction efforts to build and maintain the canal and towpath. In evaluating the applicant’s PCN, the Corps has determined the proposed undertaking would have an adverse effect to 33SU679.
The applicant is currently exploring mitigation proposals to resolve the adverse effect to historic properties associated with the proposed undertaking including the completion of the Phase III Report and the option of installing an interpretive panel along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath for educational purposes. This Public Notice serves to solicit public input on potential mitigation activities to resolve the adverse effects to 33SU679.
PUBLIC INTEREST: The Corps is soliciting comments from the public, Federal, state and local agencies and officials, Indian Tribes and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the proposed adverse effect on historic properties. Should you wish to express your views on the undertaking’s effects on historic properties, or provide comments, objections or mitigation proposals associated with the proposed undertaking, please forward this information to our office prior to the close of the comment period for this Public Notice.
CLOSE OF COMMENT PERIOD: All comments pertaining to this Public Notice must reach this office on or before the close of the comment period listed on page one of this Public Notice. Persons wishing to submit comments or objections concerning this proposal should write:
United States Army Corps of Engineers
ATTN: CELRH-RD-N-Public Notice No. LRH-2014-374-TUS
502 8th Street
Huntington, West Virginia 25701-2070
Please note, the names and addresses of those who submit comments in response to this Public Notice become part of our administrative record and, as such, may be available to the public under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. If you have any questions concerning this public notice, please contact Mr. Cory Wilson at the above address, by telephone at 330-365-4271, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.