Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Whittier Narrow Dam Safety Modification Study, Los Angeles County, California, 64337-64338 [2018-27114]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 240 / Friday, December 14, 2018 / Notices and recommend a risk management plan that addresses risk of life loss and significant economic, social, and environmental damages associated with a potential failure of Cherry Creek Dam. In addition to the No Action Alternative, Alternatives 2F (raise dam 7.1 feet and spillway to elevation 5610.5 from original design of 5599.8 feet NAVD88 to prevent overtopping) and 3B (dam raise of 6.2 feet and no spillway raise) were evaluated in the final array of alternatives. Dam Raise Alternative 3B consists of the FWAC spillway and a dam raise to contain the PMF. A dam raise height for this alternative is 6.2 feet and the crest width was assumed to be approximately 38 feet to allow reconstruction of the crest road using current road design standards. Various methods for raising the dam were considered, including an earth raise, reinforced concrete wall, and mechanically stabilized earth. The most efficient method of raise depends on several factors including the height of raise, crest width, availability of onsite materials, and steepness of embankment side slopes. Earth/rock fill raises compete well for raises below 4 to 5 feet if the crest width can be minimized. Reinforced Concrete (RC) wall raises are clearly more cost effective for larger raises and when a wide crest is required to allow construction of a crest road that meets modern standards of construction, therefore, the dam would be raised using an RC wall if Alternative 3B is implemented. Dam Raise Alternative 2F consists of a RC wall dam raise of 7.1 feet and a spillway raise to crest elevation 5610.5 feet NAVD88 to prevent overtopping during the PMF. This spillway crest elevation of 5610.5 feet was chosen to minimize non-breach flows in the spillway impact area. As with Alternative 3B the dam would be raised using an RC wall and the crest width would be approximately 38 feet to allow reconstruction of the crest road using current road design standards. The Draft EIS evaluates the potential effects on the human environment associated with each of the alternatives. Issues addressed include: Land use and vegetation, social and economic conditions, recreation, water resources, air quality, noise, and environmental justice. Schedule. The public comment period will begin December 12, 2018. Comments on the Draft EIS must be received by January 28, 2019. The Corps will consider and respond to all comments received on the Draft EIS when preparing the Final EIS. The Corps expects to issue the Final EIS in VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 Dec 13, 2018 Jkt 247001 the summer of 2019, at which time a Notice of Availability will be published in the Federal Register. The public meeting date or location may change based on inclement weather or exceptional circumstances. If the meeting date or location is changed, the Corps will issue a press release and post it on the web at http:// www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Media/NewsReleases/ to announce the updated meeting details. Public Disclosure Statement. If you wish to comment, you may mail or email your comments as indicated under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or any other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information— may be made available to the public at any time. While you can request in your comment for us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–27115 Filed 12–13–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Whittier Narrow Dam Safety Modification Study, Los Angeles County, California Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announces the availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Whittier Narrows Dam Safety Modification Study, Los Angeles County, California for review and comment. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Corps has prepared a Draft EIS for the Whittier Narrows Dam Safety Modification Study (DSMS). The Draft EIS evaluates risk management plans (alternatives) to remediate safety concerns such as overtopping and seepage. The Draft EIS describes and analyses the impacts of risk management plans (RMPs) that are formulated, evaluated and compared through the DSMS process in order to identify a recommended RMP that SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64337 reduces risks to downstream life-safety and property associated with dam failure. Implementation of the recommended risk management plan would mitigate the intolerable Dam safety risk and allow the Dam to safely function as originally intended and authorized. Without this action, the Dam could fail resulting in lifethreatening floods to downstream communities. The Proposed Action is needed to provide life-safety to the communities downstream of the Whittier Narrows Dam. DATES: Written comments pursuant to the NEPA will be accepted until the close of business on January 28, 2019. ADDRESSES: The document is available for review at: (1) https://www.spl.usace.army.mil/ Missions/Civil-Works/Projects-Studies/ Whittier-Narrows-Dam-SafetyModification-Study/. (2) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, 915 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017–3401. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Deborah Lamb, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, phone number (213) 452–3798. Questions or comments regarding the Whittier Narrows Dam DSMS Draft EIS, contact Ms. Deborah Lamb by phone or by email to Deborah.L.Lamb@usace.army.mil. or Whittier Narrows DSMS EIS Whittier_ Narrows_DSMS@usace.army.mil. For further information regarding the Whittier Narrows DSMS, contact Mr. Doug Chitwood, (213) 452 3587, or by email to Douglas.E.Chitwood@ usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Background Information. Construction of Whittier Narrows Dam was completed in 1957 as an integral component of the Los Angeles County Drainage Area (LACDA) system of dams and channelized rivers authorized by Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1936. The Whittier Narrows Dam primary purpose is flood risk management with recreation added in the Flood Control Act of 1944 (Pub. L. 78–534). Whittier Narrows Dam is located approximately 11 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA. The dam protects over one million people and reduces economic damages to the communities downstream during flood events. The Corps has classified Whittier Narrows Dam as very high risk due to the potential for seepage and hydrologic issues during rare storms that could lead to failure. The DSMS and Draft EIS identify and evaluate alternatives to address these deficiencies and reduce the annual probability of failure and the E:\FR\FM\14DEN1.SGM 14DEN1 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 64338 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 240 / Friday, December 14, 2018 / Notices risk to life safety to within the Corps’ tolerable risk guidelines as presented in Engineering Regulation 1110–2–1156. A Notice of Intent to prepare the Draft EIS was published on July 22, 2013 in the Federal Register. A public scoping meeting was conducted on September 11, 2013 in the City of Pico Rivera, California. The Draft EIS is available for a 45-day review period pursuant to the NEPA. 2. Risk Management Plans (Alternatives). In addition to a No Action Alternative, the Draft EIS evaluates an array of remediation alternatives including: (1) Raising the crest elevation of the dam with a 12 foot high parapet wall on top of the crest, constructing an auxiliary labyrinth spillway adjacent to the existing spillway, and a trench drain and filter blanket; (2) placing a 10 foot wide roller compacted concrete series of steps on the downstream slope of the Dam embankments with trench drain and filter blanket. 3. NEPA Scope of Analysis. The Draft EIS evaluates the impacts of risk management plans on environmental resources and the human environment. Resources initially identified in the NEPA scope of analysis as potentially significant without implementation of mitigation measures include noise and vibration and recreation. Resources initially identified in the NEPA scope of analysis as potentially significant without implementation of mitigation measures include, but are not limited to: Water quality, noise and vibration, air quality, socioeconomics and environmental justice, land use, recreation, visual and esthetic resources, traffic and transportation, historical and cultural resources, vegetation and wildlife, and special status species. Public Participation: As part of the public involvement process, the Corps’ Los Angeles District anticipates the public meeting will be held in January 2019. The public review meeting will allow participants the opportunity to comment on the Draft EIS. Attendance at the public hearing is not necessary to provide comments. Written comments may also be given to the contact listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT section. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Whittier 
Narrow Dam Safety Modification Study, Los Angeles County, California

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announces the 
availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 
Whittier Narrows Dam Safety Modification Study, Los Angeles County, 
California for review and comment. Pursuant to the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Corps has prepared a Draft EIS for 
the Whittier Narrows Dam Safety Modification Study (DSMS). The Draft 
EIS evaluates risk management plans (alternatives) to remediate safety 
concerns such as overtopping and seepage. The Draft EIS describes and 
analyses the impacts of risk management plans (RMPs) that are 
formulated, evaluated and compared through the DSMS process in order to 
identify a recommended RMP that reduces risks to downstream life-safety 
and property associated with dam failure. Implementation of the 
recommended risk management plan would mitigate the intolerable Dam 
safety risk and allow the Dam to safely function as originally intended 
and authorized. Without this action, the Dam could fail resulting in 
life-threatening floods to downstream communities. The Proposed Action 
is needed to provide life-safety to the communities downstream of the 
Whittier Narrows Dam.

DATES: Written comments pursuant to the NEPA will be accepted until the 
close of business on January 28, 2019.

ADDRESSES: The document is available for review at:
    (1) https://www.spl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Projects-Studies/Whittier-Narrows-Dam-Safety-Modification-Study/.
    (2) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, 915 
Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017-3401.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Deborah Lamb, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, Los Angeles District, phone number (213) 452-3798. Questions 
or comments regarding the Whittier Narrows Dam DSMS Draft EIS, contact 
Ms. Deborah Lamb by phone or by email to [email protected]. 
or Whittier Narrows DSMS EIS [email protected].
    For further information regarding the Whittier Narrows DSMS, 
contact Mr. Doug Chitwood, (213) 452 3587, or by email to 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    1. Background Information. Construction of Whittier Narrows Dam was 
completed in 1957 as an integral component of the Los Angeles County 
Drainage Area (LACDA) system of dams and channelized rivers authorized 
by Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1936. The Whittier Narrows Dam 
primary purpose is flood risk management with recreation added in the 
Flood Control Act of 1944 (Pub. L. 78-534). Whittier Narrows Dam is 
located approximately 11 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Los 
Angeles County, CA. The dam protects over one million people and 
reduces economic damages to the communities downstream during flood 
events. The Corps has classified Whittier Narrows Dam as very high risk 
due to the potential for seepage and hydrologic issues during rare 
storms that could lead to failure. The DSMS and Draft EIS identify and 
evaluate alternatives to address these deficiencies and reduce the 
annual probability of failure and the

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risk to life safety to within the Corps' tolerable risk guidelines as 
presented in Engineering Regulation 1110-2-1156.
    A Notice of Intent to prepare the Draft EIS was published on July 
22, 2013 in the Federal Register. A public scoping meeting was 
conducted on September 11, 2013 in the City of Pico Rivera, California. 
The Draft EIS is available for a 45-day review period pursuant to the 
NEPA.
    2. Risk Management Plans (Alternatives). In addition to a No Action 
Alternative, the Draft EIS evaluates an array of remediation 
alternatives including: (1) Raising the crest elevation of the dam with 
a 12 foot high parapet wall on top of the crest, constructing an 
auxiliary labyrinth spillway adjacent to the existing spillway, and a 
trench drain and filter blanket; (2) placing a 10 foot wide roller 
compacted concrete series of steps on the downstream slope of the Dam 
embankments with trench drain and filter blanket.
    3. NEPA Scope of Analysis. The Draft EIS evaluates the impacts of 
risk management plans on environmental resources and the human 
environment. Resources initially identified in the NEPA scope of 
analysis as potentially significant without implementation of 
mitigation measures include noise and vibration and recreation.
    Resources initially identified in the NEPA scope of analysis as 
potentially significant without implementation of mitigation measures 
include, but are not limited to: Water quality, noise and vibration, 
air quality, socioeconomics and environmental justice, land use, 
recreation, visual and esthetic resources, traffic and transportation, 
historical and cultural resources, vegetation and wildlife, and special 
status species.
    Public Participation: As part of the public involvement process, 
the Corps' Los Angeles District anticipates the public meeting will be 
held in January 2019. The public review meeting will allow participants 
the opportunity to comment on the Draft EIS. Attendance at the public 
hearing is not necessary to provide comments. Written comments may also 
be given to the contact listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT 
section.

Brenda S. Bowen,
Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-27114 Filed 12-13-18; 8:45 am]
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