Environmental Assessment for Owego Elementary School Facility Relocation Project, Village of Owego, Tioga County, New York, July 2013

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The Owego Elementary School Building at 1 Christa McAuliffe Lane in the Village of Owego, Tioga County, New York was significantly damaged from river flooding during Tropical Storm Lee incident. The incident was declared a major disaster, 4031-DR-NY on September 13, 2011 (amended September 23, 2011). The purpose of the proposed project is to construct a new elementary school that would be constructed at or above the 100-Year Floodplain/Base Flood Elevation and of equal or better structural integrity than existed prior to the disaster incident. The need for the project is to fully re-establish a facility for the purpose of restoring the community’s elementary education services. This EA has been prepared to analyze the potential consequences to the natural and human environment associated with the Proposed Action, the No Action Alternative, and other potential alternatives per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 United States Code [USC] 55 parts 4321 et seq., 2000), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 30 parts 1500 et seq., 2004), and 44 CFR Emergency Management and Assistance Ch. I Part 10.

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Icon for file of type text/plainFinal Environmental Assessment, Owego Elementary School, Facility Replacement Project, Village of Owego, Tioga County, New York
The Owego Apalachin Central School District, herein referred to as the “Subgrantee”, has requested funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Program to construct a new elementary school within the community to replace the function lost due to substantial storm damage of an existing facility. The Village of Owego in Tioga County, New York experienced storm damages and flooding from Tropical Storm Lee that occurred September 7, 2011 to September 11, 2011. The storm incident period was declared a major disaster by President Barack H. Obama on September 13, 2011 (amended September 23, 2011). Federal public assistance was made available to affected communities and certain nonprofit organizations per FEMA 4031-DR-NY and in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5172), as amended. The Grantee for the proposed action is the New York State Office of Emergency Management. The FEMA project worksheet reference number is 4031-DR-NY PW#02002. The Owego Elementary School, located at 1 Christa McAuliffe Lane in the Village of Owego, experienced flooding on the first floor as a result of the declared incident. The damages rendered the facility unsafe and it was abandoned. As a temporary facility operations measure, the Subgrantee established educational services at an existing Owego Elementary East (L W West) located 15 miles away in Endicott, New York. FEMA has estimated that the cost to repair the original school facility would exceed 50 percent of the estimated cost to reconstruct the structure. Therefore, the facility is eligible for replacement in accordance with 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 206.226. The proposed action would demolish the original facility and reconstruct the new facility on the same property with use of fill materials to elevate the structure above the 100-year floodplain/Base Flood Elevation (BFE) and the 500-year floodplain elevation. The facility size would be increased from 70,000 square feet to 115,000 square feet. Demolition of the existing school began in June 2013. Construction of the new facility is projected to be completed in January 2015. The proposed project would restore educational services back to the Village of Owego. This Final Environmental Assessment has been prepared to analyze the potential consequences to the natural and human environment associated with the Proposed Action, the No Action Alternative, and other potential alternatives per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 United States Code [USC] 55 parts 4321 et seq., 2000), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 30 parts 1500 et seq., 2004), and 44 CFR Emergency Management and Assistance Ch. I Part 10.
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