Draft Environmental Assessment Critical Fuel Break Management and Dip Tank Project Hawai`i Wildfire Management Organization FEMA-1640-DR-HI, HMGP 1640-7 December 2013

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Draft Environmental Assessment Critical Fuel Break Management and Dip Tank Project Hawai`i Wildfire Management Organization FEMA-1640-DR-HI, HMGP 1640-7 December 2013///The Hawai`i Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO) has applied, through the State of Hawai`i State Civil Defense (SCD), to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to (1) implement fuel break management measures in two locations to reduce hazardous vegetative fuel for wildfires and (2) install five new dip tanks to provide water resources for aerial wildfire suppression activities.1 These proposed measures would be implemented to reduce wildfire hazards for several communities on the west side of Hawai`i Island and are collectively referred to as the Proposed Action for the purposes of this Environmental Assessment (EA). During the preparation of this EA, HWMO considered reducing the scope of the HMGP application to eliminate two of the five dip tanks; this proposal is referred to as the Reduced Scope Alternative in the EA./This Draft 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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