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Environmental Assessment for Rainbow Falls State Park Entrance Project, Lewis County, Washington, (April 2012)

Flooding of the Chehalis River in 2007 destroyed a vehicle bridge that served as the public entrance to Rainbow Falls State Park, located near Dryad in Lewis County. Washington State Parks has determined that it is not feasible to meet Washington State DOT and Department of Fish and Wildlife design requirements for replacing the damaged vehicle entrance bridge due to site constraints, and has applied through the Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funding of an alternate project. The alternate project involves redeveloping an existing service access road to serve as the public entrance to the park. 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).