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 improvements to the Indian Lake dam and spillway at the Indian Lake State Park.
APPLICANT: Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
2045 Morse Road, Building E-3
Columbus, Ohio 43229
LOCATION: The proposed project is located at Indian Lake State Park in Russell’s Point, Logan County, Ohio (40.467428° N, -83.875492° W). A project location map is attached as Enclosure 1.
DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED WORK: The applicant has requested a Department of the Army permit (DA) authorization for the proposed discharge of approximately 1,444 cubic yards of clean No. 2 stone fill material into 120 linear feet (0.18 acre) of perennial stream (Great Miami River) for the construction of a temporary access to facilitate the replacement of the existing ogee type spillway with a new labyrinth type spillway. In addition, approximately 355 cubic yards of earthen soil and sand would be permanently discharged into 0.22 acre of emergent wetland to facilitate the construction of a toe berm to reinforce the existing earthen embankment and prevent the movement of water under the dam through porous soils. All temporarily affected areas would be restored to pre-construction contours. The purpose of the project would be to bring the dam into compliance with the current ODNR safety regulations and to stabilize the embankment located west of the dam. Refer to the enclosed construction drawings for a depiction of the proposed activities (Enclosure 2).
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is currently considering the proposed activities for authorization under Nationwide Permit (NWP) No. 3. General Condition #20 of the NWPs states no activity which may affect historic properties eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is authorized until the Corps has complied with the provisions of 33 CFR Part 325 Appendix C. This condition also states the applicant must notify
our office if the proposed activity may affect any historic property listed, determined to be eligible, or which the prospective permittee has reason to believe are eligible for listing on the NRHP. 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.
A review of the aforementioned information by the Ohio SHPO revealed that the Indian Lake Dam and its associated spillway are significant for their association with the Miami and Erie Canal, as the reservoir was constructed as a high feeder water supply for the canal. Based on the above, these historic properties, the Indian Lake dam and spillway have determined to be eligible for the NRHP under Criterion (a) and (c). In evaluating the applicant’s permit request, the Corps has determined the proposed undertaking would have an adverse effect on these historic properties.
As mitigation for the proposed adverse effect, the applicant has proposed the following mitigation measures, which would be incorporated into the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that would be made a part of any DA authorization of the proposed project:
- prior to demolition, the dam and spillway recordation’s will be completed and submitted to the Ohio SHPO, including the completion of the an Ohio History Inventory Form with digital photographs and mapping;
- the approved documentation will also be provided to the Lakeview Branch Library, the Logan County Center and the Indian Lake Area Historical Society for archival purposes;
- installation of interpretive signage informing the public of the properties’ historic significance; and
- construction the proposed new spillway in the same location as the existing historic structure.
This Public Notice serves to solicit public input on potential mitigation activities to resolve the adverse effects to the Indian Lake State Park dam and spillway rehabilitation project.
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.
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, are available to the public under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. If you have any questions concerning this public notice, please call Ms. Lee A. Pittman-Robinette of the North Branch at 304-399-5930.