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LRH 2019-780-SCR

Published June 24, 2020
Expiration date: 7/8/2020

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:  The intent of this Public Notice is to provide an opportunity for the public to express their views on proposed adverse effects to historic properties associated with the proposed Hap Cremean Water Plant Intake Structure and Dam Maintenance Project.


APPLICANT:           Tracie Davies

      City of Columbus

       Department of Public Utilities

                                    910 Dublin Road

                                    Columbus, Ohio 43215


LOCATION:  The proposed project is located on a at the Hap Cremean Water Plant along Big Walnut Creek north of Morse Road and west of Cherry Bottom Road in the City of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio (Latitude 40.062238, Longitude -82.889303) (Sheet 1 of 4).

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED WORK:  The applicant has requested a Department of the Army (DA) permit authorization for the proposed discharge of temporary dredged and/or fill material into 650 linear feet of Big Walnut Creek and 0.02 acre of Wetland A and the permanent dredged and/or fill material into 350 linear feet (0.27 acre) of Big Walnut Creek associated with the rehabilitation of the existing intake structure, a low head dam, and a boat ramp at the Hap Cremean Water Plant.  The proposed project would also result in the removal of 560 cubic yards of material from Big Walnut Creek; this proposed activity is not subject to regulation under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.  Plans for the proposed project are attached to this Public Notice (Sheets 2-4 of 4).

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) was determined to be the lead federal agency for this undertaking, as the only federal action in association with this proposal is 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 under review for a possible DA Section 404 of the Clean Water Act permit under the Nationwide Permit (NWP) 3 as described in the January 6, 2017 Federal Register (FR), Issuance and Reissuance of NWPs (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 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 coordination with the Ohio SHPO, it has been determined that the Hap Cremean Water Plant Intake Structure and Dam Maintenance Project would affect the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligible Hap Cremean Dam (Ohio Historic Inventory FRA-10111-04).  We have determined the proposed undertaking would have an adverse effect on the aforementioned NRHP eligible structure. 

The applicant understands that mitigation would be required for the adverse effect and a Memorandum of Agreement would be required and made part of any DA authorization for the proposed project.  This Public Notice serves to solicit public input on potential mitigation activities to resolve the adverse effects on historic properties.

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, provide comments, objections or mitigation proposals associated with the proposed undertaking, or participate as a consulting party, please forward this information to our office prior to the close of the comment period for this Public Notice. 

CLOSE OF COMMENT PERIOD:  Comments should be submitted electronically to Kayla Adkins by email at you do not have internet access, comments may be submitted through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to the following address:


United States Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District

ATTN:  CELRH-RD-N Public Notice:  LRH-2019-780-SCR

502 Eighth Street

Huntington, West Virginia 25701-2070


Copies should only be provided through the USPS when electronic transmission is not possible.  Precautionary internal mail handling procedures may be instituted to protect our workforce, which may result in longer than normal times to process and receive hard copy submissions.  To be considered in our evaluation, comments submitted through the USPS should have a postmark dated on, or prior to, the close of the comment period listed on page one (1) of this Public Notice.

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 call Ms. Kayla Adkins of the North Branch at 304-399-5850, by mail at the above address, or by email at: