Draft Environmental Assessment, City of Avon Park Executive Airport Drainage Project, City of Avon Park, Highlands County, Florida, 08/12/2013
Draft Environmental Assessment, City of Avon Park Executive Airport Drainage Project, City of Avon Park, Highlands County, Florida, 08/12/2013 --- This Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzes potential environmental impacts of the proposed City of Avon Park Executive Airport Drainage Project, in the City of Avon Park, Highlands County, Florida. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may fund this project. Heavy rains in 2003 and 2004 flooded Avon Park at the City of Avon Park Executive Airport (APEA), Bell Street Water Treatment Plant (BSWTP), Bonnie Brae Mobile Estates (BBME), and Highlands Aviation, Inc. The floods damaged roads and facilities at APEA and residential properties at BBME. Floods threatened well and water-treatment capability at the MSWTP, which provides water for about 8,500 residences in Avon Park. Avon Park’s drainage infrastructure capacity cannot adequately handle heavy rain stormwater flows. Since 1998, APEA, BBME and the BBSTP have experienced flooding events with as little as two (2) inches of rain. The source of the storm water is rainfall. No river rise or coastal flooding is involved. Hurricane Jeanne, one of four major hurricanes to severely impact Florida in four weeks, flooded the City of Avon Park on September 25, 2004. The President declared Hurricane Jeanne to be a major disaster (FEMA-1561-132-0093-R), on September 26, 2004. This made federal disaster funding available for twenty-five (25) Florida counties, including Highlands County. In conformance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (as amended), the 25 Florida counties were eligible for FEMA’s Section 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding through FEMA-1561-132-93-R. The City of Avon Park applied for a FEMA HMGP grant to build the proposed drainage system. 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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