Environmental Assessment for Lower Chehalis State Forest (Q-Line) Road Segment Reroute, Lower Chehalis State Forest, Grays Harbor, Washington (June 2012)
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), through the Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD), has applied for funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant (PA) Program to decommission and relocate a damaged section of the Q-Line Road in Grays Harbor County, WA. Damage occurred to the road during severe winter storms, flooding, landslides, mud slides and debris flows that took place in the region during the period January 14 through the 23, 2012. The storm event was declared a Presidential Disaster on March 12, 2012 (FEMA-4056-DR-WA). FEMA is proposing to fund 75 percent of the cost for this project through its Public Assistance Program (PA). The need for the FEMA action is to provide funds to DNR to restore the commercial and recreational function of the Q-Line Road that was compromised in the January 2012 storm events. The damaged road section provides mainline access throughout the Lower Chehalis State Forest. FEMA has prepared this Environmental Assessment (EA) to meet its environmental review responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) implementing regulations (40 C.F.R. Parts 1500 through 1508), and FEMA’s implementing regulations (44 C.F.R. Part 10).