Project reviews completed from May 15 to June 15 are listed below. These projects have been screened through the internal environmental review process for potential impacts on wetlands, threatened and endangered species, and cultural and archaeological resources etc. These projects do not meet the criteria for significant actions as defined in the environmental review process and may proceed.
54427 - Under this project, Bourbon Township will construct a new township road across the trail right of way in the Village of Chesterville. The easement for the crossing will be 60' wide and 100' in length. The proposed road will be a rock base with an oil and chip surface. Project was submitted for review on 5-19-98.
50367 - This project involves the clearing of some brush and trees to provide shooting lanes for a practice archery range at the site. The lanes will be leveled with a tractor blade and covered with a layer of crushed stone or wood chips. The range will encompass an area approximately 50 yards wide by 100 yards in length. Project was submitted for review on 1-26-98.
54424 - This project involves the movement of the hunter parking lot at 300N to the perimeter of the park. The new lot will be approximately 25' x 60' in size. Project was submitted for review on 5-19-98.
54425 - This project will address handicapped access and soil compaction problems around the White Pine Shelter. The cement pad will be extended 15' east and 100' of sidewalk will be added. A handicapped cooking grill will also be installed at this location. Project was submitted for review on 5-19-98.
The Village of Mt. Zion is proposing to install a 12" water main along the south side of the park. The line will lie within a 10' permanent easement and be buried to a depth of 4.5'. An additional 10' temporary construction easement will be needed to complete the work. No tree removal is anticipate with the work. Project was submitted for review on 5-19-98.
54234 - This project involves the rehabilitation of 2,500' of trail surfaces at the site. Work will include the filling of eroded trail tread, reshaping of surfaces, installation of waterbars, removal of large rocks from the trail surface and replacement of gravel on the new trail surfaces. Only small encroaching tree will be removed from along the trail edges. Project was submitted for review on 5-19-98.
54568 - This project involves the installation of an Ameritech cable across the trail corridor in Maywood. Project was submitted for review on 5-27-98.
53816 - This project will replace the Broadway St. Bridge over Gum Creek in Marsailles. The bridge will be replaced by and extension of the 16' x 9' culvert under the canal. The new length will be 28.5'. The overflow structure in the canal will be replaced by an 8' x 6' box culvert 95' in length with an 8' x 8' drop inlet. Project was submitted for review on 5-5-98.
54084 - A prairie pothole will be restored by removing woody vegetation from around its perimeter. The cutting and clearing will be done by hand with no heavy equipment being utilized. The removed trees and brush will be piled and burned when conditions are appropriate. Project was submitted for review on 6-12-98.
54083 - This project includes a 2" asphalt surface treatment to the entrance road at the site and a 2' identical treatment to the parking lot and dump station. Some grading will be necessary at these sites to obtain positive drainage. Project was submitted for review on 5-12-98.
53815 - This project will consist of installing telephone conduit approximately 246' across the I & M Canal. The method of construction is directional bore. If rock is encountered an open cut of the canal will be explored. Project was submitted for review on 5-5-98.
54366 - This project involves the installation of an Ameritech cable through the earth embankment of the trail across the trail corridor to service Hilltop Road. Project was submitted for review on 5-18-98.
54364 - In conjunction with the project described above, Hilltop Road will be reconstructed on new alignment across the trail corridor. Project was submitted for review on 5-18-98.
54086 - The COE has submitted for funding and construction for the fall of 1998 to create a breakwater at the entrance to Casey Dempsey Cove where wave action has led to severe erosion problems. The breakwater will be approximately 100 yards in length with a staggered opening for boat traffic. Project was submitted for review on 5-12-98.
54029 - This project will involve the installation of 50' of new waterline and one water hydrant in the existing campground at the site. The waterline will serve the existing campground host site. Project was submitted for review on 5-8-98.
54030 - This project will provide for the construction of a fishing access parking lot at Valley Mill. The area will be regraded prior to adding a rock surface in a 80' x 120' area. In addition, a culvert will be installed under the access road to the handicapped parking lot. Project was submitted for review on 5-8-98.
54087 - This projects involves the partial replacement of a 24' x 120' pole barn that was destroyed by fire. A 36' x 80' pole barn will be purchased with farm contract money and constructed using site personnel. The building is to be constructed at the site of the old building. Project was submitted for review on 5-12-98.
53814 - In an attempt to reduce the acidification of the waters in Pond 1 and Pond 4 areas in the vicinity that hold water for long periods of time and that contain acid forming material will be covered with more neutral material and treated with lime. The waters in Pond 1 and Pond 5 will be treated with hydrated lime. All disturbed areas will be treated with lime, fertilized and seeded. Project was submitted for review on 6-5-98.
53344 - A private company has requested the right to bury a fiber optic cable through the park. The cable would be buried 1' off of the edge of the main park road at a depth of 3'. The cable would be fastened to the side of the bridge across the Middle Fork River and bored under all roads. Project was submitted for review on 4-21-98.
47154 - This project will consist of expanding an existing parking lot on the canal reserve. The existing parking lot is approximately 250' x 400' and made of bituminous concrete. The same type of material will be used for the expansion that will amount to the doubling of the size of the lot. Project was submitted for review on 9-29-97.
53345 - During the past 50 years, Green River State Wildlife Area has experienced significant woody encroachment of mesophytic, successional, and exotic species. The project areas previously contained wetland and prairie habitat typical of the Green River Lowlands Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division. This project will allow for the potential removal of approximately 490 acres of undesirable native and exotic woody species for the continued restoration of degraded and high-quality grasslands and wetlands at this site.
The project contractor will be responsible for logging and chipping all designated woody material identified for removal greater than 6"DBH, and cutting all designate woody material less than 6"DBH within delineated areas. The contractor will utilize heavy equipment including a whole tree chipping machine, a hydraulic tree shear on wheels, and trucks for hauling chips. Use of this machinery will be restricted to interior roads and project areas. No heavy equipment will be allowed within high-quality prairies or wetlands.
All work will be conducted during dry or frozen conditions, specified by the Natural Heritage Biologist who can suspend work if precipitation or thawing may cause undue damage from project activities in surrounding areas. All land within the project area will be restored to native prairie or wetland habitat.
Listed species are known to exist at the site that are dependent on the high quality areas that are being encroached upon by the woody vegetation. Their survival is dependent upon the maintenance of those natural areas and the successful removal and control of invading woody vegetation.
For further information, please contact Mr. George Poe (815) 732-6184 or Mr. Todd Bittner (815) 224- 8219 or our Regional office at (815) 625-2968.
Any comments on the proposed action must be received by this office no later than 5:00 P.M. on
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