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Corps seeks public comment on Draft Environmental Assessment for improvements to groundwater wells in Shelby, Montana

Published Aug. 29, 2019

Shelby, Mont. – A draft environmental assessment for a proposal to improve the groundwater well system in Shelby, Montana is available for public review through Sept. 30, 2019.

The draft EA evaluates the impacts of upgrading the existing system to provide additional capacity for safe, reliable drinking water. The proposed project would include replacing three groundwater wells, winterizing four existing wells, installing collection piping, upgrading an ultraviolet treatment system and installing a bypass waterline in an existing well field approximately five miles south of the City of Shelby in Toole County, Montana.

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: Rebecca Podkowka, Shelby Well Field 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 Sept. 30, 2019.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding for this project is authorized under Section 595 of the 1999 Water Resources Development Act, as amended. This authority allows the Corps to participate in projects for wastewater treatment, water supply, and related facilities in rural Montana, Idaho and Nevada. Design and construction assistance is provided only for projects that are owned by public entities and project costs are shared 75% federal contribution and 25% non-federal contribution.

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. The EA was developed by KLJ on behalf of the City of Shelby with the Corps independently evaluating and verifying the analysis and taking full responsibility for the scope and information contained within the document.

Omaha District Public Affairs Office

Release no. 19-103