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Environmental Assessment for Popple Dungeon Road Realignment, Town of Chester, Windsor County, Vermont (January 2013)

On August, 28, 2011, as a result of Tropical Storm Irene, a 990 foot section of Popple Dungeon Rd suffered serious erosion which made the embankment down to the South Branch of the Williams River unstable.  The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a Federal disaster declaration. The purpose of this action is to provide HMGP funding to Town of Chester, Vermont for mitigating their natural hazard risks.  The Town of Chester (the applicant) located in Windsor County, Vermont applied to the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) for assistance with a road relocation project and drainage improvement for Popple Dungeon Rd.  The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations implementing NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Part 1500 through 1508) direct FEMA and other federal agencies to fully understand and take into consideration environmental consequences of proposed federally funded projects.