TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, PUBLIC GROUPS, AND CITIZENS
1. The United States Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District (USACE) is proposing a Programmatic Agreement (PA) with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) regarding operations and maintenance of USACE-owned navigation structures in the State of Michigan. This notice is provided pursuant to Section 800.14(b)(2) ) of 36 CFR 800, Protection of Historic Properties, and Section 106 of 16 USC 470, National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). A copy of the PA can be obtained for review online at the link below or a paper copy can be provided upon request http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/ and click on the link to “Other Public Notice” in the bottom left corner.
2. The purpose of this PA is to create a different Section 106 process that will apply to all operations and maintenance undertakings on USACE owned navigation structures in Michigan. The proposed PA is appropriate because the undertakings’ effects on historic properties are similar and repetitive in nature. A PA would reduce the time and effort the USACE and consulting parties expend on completing the Section 106 consultation process when USACE conducts maintenance and operations at 68 USACE-owned navigation structures in Michigan, while ensuring that National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) listed and eligible navigation structures are maintained to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation (Standards).
3. The proposed PA would authorize the USACE to complete operations and maintenance action(s) which, upon review, are determined by a qualified professional to be in accordance with the Standard and do not adversely affect an NRHP-listed or NRHP-eligible navigation structure(s), without consultation with the SHPO. All other work will continue to be coordinated with the SHPO and, as appropriate, other interested parties pursuant to the normal procedures of 36 CFR § 800.
4. For the purposes of this PA, any federal navigation structure(s) that have not been evaluated for eligibility for listing on the NRHP, will be treated by the USACE as if they are eligible for the NRHP. If an evaluation of a previously unevaluated navigation structure is completed, USACE will notify the PA signatories of this determination.
5. For the purposes of the work covered under this PA, the Area of Potential Effect (APE) is defined as the physical footprint of each navigation structure. For any proposed work that would extend beyond the physical footprint of an existing federal navigation structure, the USACE shall consult with the SHPO and, as appropriate, other interested parties to determine the APE.
6. This notice is being provided to applicable agencies and the public. Any comments you may have concerning the proposed PA must be made within thirty (30) days from the date of this notice. Please direct email comments to LRE-NHPA-Comments@usace.army.mil or send comments to me, to the attention of the Environmental Analysis Branch (PLE) at the address provided in our letterhead.