THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTER
May 1, 2000
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS COMPLETED
Project reviews completed from March 15 to April 15 are listed below. These projects have b(:en screened through the internal environmental review process for potential impacts on wetlands, threatened and endangered species, and cultural and archaeological resources, etc. l:'hrough the review process it was determined that environmental impacts have been kept to a minimum and mitigated as necessary and that the projects do not meet the criteria for significant actions as deemed in the environmental review process and may proceed. All of these projects are in compliance with the Endangered Species Protection Act, Natural Areas Preservation Act, Interagency Wetlands Policy Act, and cultural resource statutes.
Sam Dale Lake Conservation Area
0000420 -This project provides for the improvement of the access road to the site by replacing the existing culverts with new precast prestressed concrete deck- beam bridges. Additional work items will include earth approaches and aggregate surface courses. Project was submitted for review on 2-15-00.
0002347- This project involves the installation of two new vault toilet buildings at the site. The buildings are approximately 12' x 18' in size and will include concrete sidewalks connected to nearby parking lots. One unit will be located in the picnic area and the other in the site's campground. Project was submitted for review on 3-27-00.
Sam Parr SFWA
000 1347 -This project will provide for the resurfacing of the existing roads and parking areas at the site. The roads will be overlaid w th a bituminous mix and the existing parking areas will be resurfaced. Two cross road culverts will be re laced as well as regulatory signs along the park roads. Project was submitted for review on 2-26-00.
Questions and Comments
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Notice of Significant Action Carlyle Lake ( Eldon Hazlet State Park)
The Department has received numerous appeal letters from citizens and organizations regarding the decision to proceed with the modified plan to construct cabins at Eldon Hazlet State Park. All the letters opposed the project. While various arguments against the project were made, none of the letters raised concerns or contained new information which has not been considered by the Department at length and in depth. After consideration of the letters and comments received, the Department remains confident the measures it has taken and will take to avoid, minimize, or compensate for potential impacts to the Massasauga Rattlesnake will allow the project to go forward without risking the viability of the Massasauga population. Therefore the Director is announcing his decision to proceed with the project.
The Department appreciates the level of interest the public has expressed and its participation in the Comprehensive Environmental Review Process.
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