Environmental Assessment, Minot School District #1, Lincoln Elementary School, City of Minot, North Dakota (April 2012)
President Obama declared a major disaster for North Dakota due to damages from the severe flooding and signed a disaster declaration (FEMA-1981-DR-ND) on May 10, 2011, with seven amendments authorizing FEMA to provide federal assistance in designated areas. This EA addresses one of the flooded schools, Lincoln Elementary School, located at #1 7th Street Southwest, where approximately 276 Kindergarten through 5th grade students attend school. The magnitude of the damage sustained by this school rendered it inhabitable for the 2011 - 2012 School Year. This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations to implement NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508), and FEMA’s regulations implementing NEPA (44 CFR Part 10). FEMA is required to consider potential environmental impacts before funding or approving actions and projects. The purpose of this EA is to analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project. FEMA will use the findings in this EA to determine whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).