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Public comment sought on proposed stormwater drainage channel improvements at Schriever AFB in El Paso Co., CO

Published Jan. 5, 2016

OMAHA, NE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District, on behalf of the U.S. Air Force, has prepared a draft environmental assessment to evaluate environmental impacts of a proposed project to improve two stormwater drainage channels and their associated culverts on the southern perimeter of Schriever Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, Colo.

The southern perimeter of Schriever Air Force Base has experienced frequent flash flooding which overtops the south perimeter road and damages the perimeter security fence. In 2011, culverts were installed where the two stormwater drainage channels cross the southern perimeter road in an attempt to keep the road from overtopping and prevent damage to the security fence. These culverts are undersized and their capacity is further reduced by security grates and sediment that settles out of the water and into the culverts. 

The Omaha District is seeking public comments on the environmental assessment which assesses potential impacts from the proposed alternatives which would address flood risk management reduction through replacement of existing culverts with adequately sized culverts. The public is encouraged to provide comments on the draft EA, which is available for viewing online.

Comments may be directed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District; CENWO-PM-AC; Attn: Rebecca Podkowka; 1616 Capitol Avenue; Omaha, NE 68102. Comments can also be emailed to rebecca.l.podkowka@usace.army.mil. Comments must be postmarked or received no later than February 3, 2016.

This draft EA is consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) 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.

Rebecca Podkowka
Tom O'Hara

Release no. 20160105-001