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[*] posted on 10-2-2007 at 08:22 AM
Corps asks public for input on proposed relocation of Alligator 1 Marina


As part of the required process in the proposed relocation of Alligator 1 Marina to Cave Springs, the Corps is in the detailed process of performing all the required environmental, cultural and ecological assessments involved in the possible major restructuring of the Cave Springs launch area.

Part of this process involves looking at other potential means to alleviate the problem encountered by low water at the current site of the marina, caused by the seepage repair on Wolf Creek Dam, which may last until 2014.

A major environmental assessment (EA) document has been assembled which details the findings of a lot of work that has been done on the process for the past several months. It is available for public viewing in PDF format at the following link...

LINK: Alligator 1 Marina Relocation Environmental Assessment

At this time, public comment is desired, as detailed in the following letter--

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To Whom It May Concern:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA} to evaluate the impacts of permanently relocating Alligator 1 Marina to Cave Springs Recreation Area. The emergency lake level drawdown has made the existing lease area with shallow water. The marina has requested a permanent relocation to ensure adequate depths around its facilities. The EA will provide the basis for a decision whether to proceed with preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). By way of this letter, we are soliciting public and agency review of the enclosed EA and unsigned FONSI.

A copy of the EA and an unsigned FONSI is included for your review. Comments should be received no later than October 26, 2007. You may send your comments to the Nashville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CELRN-EP-P {Wayne Easterling} P.O. Box 1070, Nashville, TN 37202-1070. Your response may be faxed to (615) 736-2052. Further information may be obtained by writing to the same address or by telephoning Hr. Easterling at 615-736-7847.

Your participation is appreciated. If you have any questions concerning this process, please feel free to contact Mr. Wayne Easterling at 615-736-7847.
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As part of the process, the Corps has published an unsigned (not final) proposed "Finding of No Significant Impact" which may be considered in comments you can make.

The text of that document is below--

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FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
ALLIGATOR ONE MARINA RELOCATION
CUMBERLAND RIVER MILE (CRM) 477.4
RUSSELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY

1. The Wolf Creek project was authorized as a part of the ultimate plan for development of the water resources of the Cumberland River Basin by the Flood Control Act of 1938 (Public Law 761, 75th Congress, 3rd Session) and the River and Harbor Act of 1946 (Public Law 525, 79th Congress, 2nd Session). To reduce risk to the dam, the lake level has been dropped to a flat line elevation of 680, i.e., 43 feet below normal summer pool. Alligator 1 Marina was left with relatively shallow water in their lease area. The owners of Alligator 1 Marina have requested permission to permanently relocate to Cave Springs Recreation Area.

2. In accordance with ER 200-2-2, Policy and Procedures for Implementing NEPA, an Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared and circulated to other agencies and groups for review. Five alternatives were identified. These alternatives were--

1) No Action, i.e., denying Alligator 1 Marina’s request,

2) denying the requested relocation but providing additional water area adjacent to the existing lease area in which it could expand,

3) allowing Alligator 1 Marina to permanently relocate to the Cave Springs Recreation Area,

4) relocating Alligator 1 Marina to a different, unspecified recreation area, and

5) relocating Alligator 1 Marina to an as yet undeveloped area on the lake.

No alternative relocation sites were identified, so alternatives 4 and 5 were dropped from detailed evaluation. The EA also determined that with appropriate protective measures none of the alternatives would have a significant adverse environmental impact. The EA recommended that the environmentally preferred alternative was to expand the existing lease area to provide greater depths without incurring any negative environmental impacts. The EA also determined that notwithstanding the environmental impacts that would occur, the recreating public may be better served during the period of pool drawdown by allowing the marina to relocate to Cave Springs Recreation Area.

3. This area was subject to an archeological survey. Five historic properties sites were identified. Two of the sites have been determined as eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Others may also be eligible pending further investigation. Project documentation was provided to the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Officer. The proposed relocation would greatly disturb one of these sites and mitigation would require data recovery. The other sites could be avoided.

4. The proposed relocation would fragment a large contiguous block of mature mixed hardwoods. Twelve listed threatened or endangered species are known to reside in the area; however, ten of these would not be impacted by the proposed activities. The area is within the range of the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and the gray bat (Myotis grisescens), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) believes that it is likely that these species may use this area. The bats hibernate between late October and early April.

In coordination with the FWS and the terms of the lease, no trees will be cut at any time without prior approval from the Resource Manager and none will be cut between April 1st and November 14th without the additional coordination and approval of the FWS. All alternatives can, therefore, support a No Effect determination. The project is in an attainment area as described under the provisions of the Clean Air Act.

5. I have reviewed the EA for permanently relocating Alligator 1 Marina and the comments and responses to its review. There are no significant adverse impacts or unresolved issues. In light of the general public interest, I have determined that the work would not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment within the meaning of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Accordingly, I have concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement covering the proposed work is not required.

Bernard R. Lindstrom
Lieutenant Colonel
Corps of Engineers
District Engineer
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The links for these documents in PDF form and more information is available from the following Corps web page...

http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/WolfCreek/
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[*] posted on 10-2-2007 at 08:46 AM


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So this just went out to residents of the area? That is scary since a lot don't even like the lake or did it go to all property owners? Is anyone allowed to reply?


Hate to say it but gotta agree with E on this one. Except for commercial interests I think they are gonna get a negative response which is unfair to the owners who have spent so much on so far very little return.




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[*] posted on 10-2-2007 at 08:47 AM


Yes, it's asking for comment from anyone. I recommend reading the huge EA statement (in PDF form) on the link.
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[*] posted on 10-2-2007 at 09:26 AM


I am cracking up at some of the species they list in that report! The orangefoot pimpleback and the Cumberland bean pearlymussel?!?!? The pink mucket & the rough pigtoe??? Who comes up with these names? Obviously some very bored scientists... :D
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[*] posted on 10-2-2007 at 09:44 AM


Sounds like a great name for Skinny's band's next album: "Orangefoot Pimpleback Blues" :)
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[*] posted on 10-3-2007 at 06:08 AM


Why is this coming up now? Seems this should have already been done



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[*] posted on 10-3-2007 at 06:20 AM


Welcome to the world of Eco-politics if the right people don't want a project, they can always find a species of grass or varment that will be "Displaced" and the project will stop in it's tracks. Ask Scott County about thier resevoir(buffalo clover). My brother-in-law is a civil engineer with a major Frankfort firm and he says this goes on everyday, all across the state.
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