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Red Run Inter-County Drain Restoration Improvements, Macomb and Oakland Counties, Michigan

Posted: 5/15/2015

Expiration date:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USAGE), Detroit District, has completed an
Environmental Assessment (EA) - Red Run Inter-county Drain Restoration
Improvements, Macomb and Oakland Counties, Michigan- addressing the proposed
drainage infrastructure restoration and reconstruction work in specific drain segments in
the open Red Run Inter-county Drain in Macomb County and three (3) combined sewer
overflow (CSO) pipe drains being the Red Run Branch of the Royal Oak Drain and the
Schubiner and Shaberman Drains in Oakland County. The work would be conducted
under Section 219 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-
580), as amended. The EA with the Section 404(b)(1) evaluation may be reviewed
online at the web address below or a paper copy may be reviewed during normal
business hours at the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's Office,
located at One Public Works Drive, Building 95 West, Waterford, Ml 48328.


The proposed action is to ensure adequate capacity for proper combined storm water
drainage. Implementing the proposed action would reduce ground water infiltration and
river bank sediment erosion.

Alternatives considered for the open Red Run Inter-county Drain slope stabilization
work include: 1) no action, 2) reconstruction to original design specifications and slopes,
and 3) reconstruction and restoration consisting of trench excavation to create a ground
water cut off interceptor pipe drain, excavation of the stream bank to reduce the
steepness of the bank slope, excavation for setting toe stone and rip rap to an elevation
above the ordinary high water mark (OHWM) to protect the stream bank from erosion,
placement of erosion control matting to stabilize the stream bank slope, and
construction of a shallow drainage swale. Clearing of trees and brush in the right of way
(ROW) area immediately north of the Red Run Inter-county Drain will be required for the
placement of excavated sediment. Sediment will be placed in this area outside of the
wetland and 100 year floodplain. Excess material may be disposed of into a Type II
landfill or further evaluation of other placement sites will be required.

Alternatives considered for the CSO underground pipe drains being the Red Run
Branch of the Royal Oak Drain and the Schubiner Drain projects include: 1) no action,
2) construction of new combined sewer overflow (CSO) drainage system, and 3) install
cured in place pipe (CIPP) in the most deteriorated segments within the existing CSOs.
Alternatives considered for the Shaberman Drain work include: 1) no action,
2) replacement of the service connections through new construction, and
3) restoration of the deteriorated pipe at seven (7) service connections in the 90-inch
diameter reinforced concrete pipe through coating similar to CIPP lining.
The tentatively recommended alternative for each drain segment is Alternative 3. The
specific details of the proposed work are found in the EA.

Environmental review of the proposed work indicates the work would not result in
significant adverse environmental effects, nor would the work be expected to result in
any significant cumulative or long-term adverse environmental effects. Adverse impacts
would be minor and temporary, consisting primarily of noise and air emissions from
construction equipment.

Copies of this Public Notice and EA are being sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the State of Michigan and other state and local
agencies, Native American tribes and interests, and other interested groups and
individuals. Any person who has an interest that may be affected by the discharge of fill
material into the waters of the U.S may request a public hearing. To be considered, the
request must be in submitted in writing to the contact provided below within the
comment period of this notice. The request must clearly set forth the interest that may
be affected and the manner in which the interest may be affected by the proposed work.
Any comments you may have concerning the drain improvement work should be made
within thirty (30) days from the date of this letter. If no comments are received by the
end of the thirty (30) day review period, it will be assumed that you have no comment.
Please direct your comments to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CELRE-PL-E
(Charles A. Uhlarik), 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226.

Upon completion of the public review period, the USAGE will make a final decision
regarding the necessity of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the
proposed works. If any received comments identify significant impacts to the quality of
the human environment, the project may be modified to reduce the level of impact, the
work cancelled or a notice of intent to prepare an EIS could be published. Based on the
conclusions of the EA, it appears preparation of an EIS will not be required; therefore, a
Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been included in the EA. The
preliminary FONSI concludes that implementing the tentatively recommended
alternatives does not constitute a major Federal action that significantly affects the
quality of the human environment.