Public Notice Manager

Upland Dredged Material Placement, Lafarge Quarry, Alpena, Michigan

Published July 5, 2016


1.  The Detroit District, U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers (USACE), has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) addressing current and future placement of dredged material removed from the Federal navigation channel at Alpena, Michigan, into a nearby quarry operated by Lafarge North America, Inc.  The EA may be viewed at (lower left of the web page under “Other Public Notices”).  A hard copy is available for viewing at the Alpena County Library (reference desk) at 211 N. 1st Ave., Alpena, Michigan, during normal business hours.

2.  This Public Notice and Environmental Assessment (EA)—Upland Dredged Material Placement, Lafarge Quarry, Alpena, Michigan—are being issued for the purpose of providing information to various Government agencies and the general public and to solicit their comments and views relative to the proposed activity.  The EA, which contains more detailed information about the proposed action and its potential impacts, is incorporated by reference into this Public Notice.  This notice also serves to solicit comments on cultural resource/tribal concerns under the National Historic Preservation Act.

3.  Environmental review of the proposed action indicates that placing shoal material dredged from the Alpena Harbor Federal Navigation Project into various locations within the Lafarge Quarry would not result in significant adverse environmental effects, nor would it be expected to result in any significant cumulative or long-term adverse environmental effects.  Adverse effects would be minor, limited primarily to short-term noise and air emissions from equipment operation.  The proposed action will allow navigation at Alpena Harbor to continue at recommended channel depths and widths. Alternatives include No Federal Action and use of other upland sites.   

4.  Proposed dredged material placement within the Lafarge Quarry is outside the coastal zone as determined by the State of Michigan and would have no effect on the coastal zone.  Material offloading at the Lafarge Dock and part of the transportation route to the quarry is within the coastal zone but would not affect the coastal zone of Michigan, and is consistent to the maximum extent practicable with the State of Michigan Coastal Zone Management program. The placement activity is outside of Federally delineated floodplains and therefore would have no effect on floodplains.

5.  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 Federal, state, and local agencies, interested groups, and individuals.  Any comments you may have concerning the proposed dredged material placement at the Lafarge Quarry should be made within thirty (30) days from the date of this notice.  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 Engineer District, Detroit
ATTN: CELRE-PLE (Charles A. Uhlarik)
477 Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor
Detroit, Michigan  48226-2550

6.  This EA includes the USACE Section 106 effects determination under the National Historic Preservation Act.  Any person who has a historical or cultural interest that may be affected by the proposed action may submit comments.  The comments must be submitted in writing within the comment period of this notice (as described above) and must clearly state what historical or cultural interest may be affected by this activity.

7.  Following the comment period and a review of the comments received, the District Engineer (Detroit District, USACE) will make a final decision regarding the necessity of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed placement of dredged material into the Lafarge Quarry, Alpena, Michigan.  Based on the conclusions of the EA, it appears that preparation of an EIS will not be required; therefore, a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact has been included in the EA.