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Draft EA for Pick City, North Dakota wastewater treatment facility improvements available for comment

Published March 19, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. – A draft environmental assessment for a proposal to improve the existing wastewater treatment facility for Pick City, North Dakota is currently available for public review. The draft EA evaluates the environmental impacts of expanding two existing treatment cells and constructing a third treatment cell in order to increase the overall storage and treatment capacity of the facility. 

The proposed project would include adding 2.26 acres of pond area to the existing system bringing the total acreage of treatment cells to 4.33 acres of pond surface area. The new third treatment cell would be located to the west of the existing ponds. The project also includes installing a new piping system to convey wastewater between ponds and to discharge the effluent. The difference in elevation of the ponds allows the piping system to be operated entirely through gravity resulting in a savings in long-term operational costs. A storm sewer would be required to convey surface water around the ponds. Most of the construction would occur on city-owned lands that are already developed, and the remaining construction would occur on pasture land acquired by the city. 

The public is encouraged to provide comments on the draft environmental assessment, which is available for viewing at: www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Planning/Project-Reports/. Comments can be mailed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District; CENWO-PMA-C; ATTN: Matthew Vandenberg, Pick City WWTF EA; 1616 Capitol Avenue; Omaha, NE 68102-4901. Comments can also be emailed to: cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil. Comments must be postmarked or received no later than April 17, 2018. 

This draft EA is consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1500-1508), the Corps’ regulations for implementing NEPA (33 CFR 325 and Engineering Regulation 200-2-2) and other applicable environmental laws and regulations.

Omaha District Public Affairs

Release no. 18-021