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Army Corps of Engineers Project: Pool 3

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 10:36am

Notice of Complete Application

for Proposed Structures

Judy L.A. DesHarnais, US Army Corps of Engineers 190 5th St., E., Suite 401, St. Paul, MN 55101 has applied to the Department of Natural Resources for a Chapter 30 permit and Water Quality Certification to place structures on the bed of Mississippi River Pool 3. The project includes reconstruction of 9 spot dikes, a new gated concrete box culvert water control structure and construction of an approximately 2 mile long access trail. There would be 2.6 acres of waterway/wetland impact from the construction. This project is the first phase of several Lock and Dam 3 projects that are planned to improve the condition of the Lock and Dam embankments and also improve navigation safety

The project is located in the Section 19, Township 25 North, Range 18 West, Town of Diamond Bluff, Pierce County.

The Department has determined that the application is complete and is currently evaluating the applicant's proposal. The Department must consider factual information about the following legal standards in deciding whether to issue, modify, or deny the approval or permit to the applicant:

* Whether navigation is materially obstructed, including commercial, recreational, active and passive forms of navigation

* Whether there is detriment to the public interest, including fish and wildlife or their habitat, natural scenic beauty or water quality

* Whether the flood flow capacity of a stream is materially reduced

The Department will follow the steps below to reach its final decision on the application:

1. Review the plans and information provided by the applicant.

2. Review the information from public comments.

3. Review the information presented at a public informational hearing if one is requested.

4. Review the information found in natural resource inventories and plans, maps, or data

collected by the Department or others using commonly accepted methods.

5. Determine whether the proposed project or activity complies with s. 1.11, Stats [the

Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act], and ch. NR 150, Wis. Adm. Code.

The Department has made a tentative determination that it will issue a permit and Water Quality Certification

If you would like to know more about this project or would like to see the application and plans, contact Dave Pericak, 3550 Mormon Coulee Rd, La Crosse, phone number (608) 785-9108.

Reasonable accommodation, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Any member of the public may submit written comments to the address above by U.S. mail. Comments should include the docket number or applicant name. If no public informational hearing is held on this application, comments must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the date of publication of this notice. If a public informational hearing is held, comments must be postmarked no later than 10 days following the date on which the hearing is completed.

If notice of a public informational hearing is not included in this notice of complete application, no public informational hearing will be held unless the Department receives a request for hearing. If no hearing is requested, the Department may issue its decision without a hearing.

Any person may request a public informational hearing by writing to the address above by U.S. mail postmarked no later than 30 days following publication of this notice. A request for hearing must include the docket number or applicant name and specify the issues that the party desires to be addressed at the informational hearing. Because the Department must base its decision to issue or deny the permit or approval on whether the project or activity meets the legal standards listed above, the issues raised should relate to those standards.

The final decision may be appealed as indicated in the decision document.

Docket Number IP-WC-2009-48-03424


For the Secretary

____________________________________________ 08/13/2009

David Pericak Date

Water Management Coordinator

Published August 19, 2009 33 1C