2017 Project Updates:
Phase 3A and 3C – Vegetation
This project was awarded to a
contractor in January 2017. Vegetation clearing began in late
February 2017, lasting through March. Additional grading, staking and bank stabilization activities
are expected throughout the summer as the contractor schedules them. Canoe access point
improvements will be completed, likely by the end of August. All work is expected to
be complete by fall 2017.
Phase 3B2 – Riviera Club
Work began in February 2017, starting with limited vegetation
clearing completed in March. Earth work will continue--starting from the north end of the Riviera Club site--throughout the rest of 2017 and even through the winter if weather allows, likely to be complete in spring 2018. Riviera Club representatives are regularly involved in the
coordination meetings related to constructing this phase of the levee.
Phase 3B3 – Westfield Boulevard
View the fact sheet here.
In February 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Indiana State Historic Preservation Officer and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation signed a Memorandum of Agreement to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The MOA has informed the design of Phase 3B3, recognizing that it will affect both Holcomb Gardens and the Indianapolis Central Canal, both of which are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The MOA specifies how the project will minimize or mitigate its effect on the historic area. Some vegetation management activities occurred along Westfield Blvd between February and March 2017.After advertising the project and receiving bids from contractors, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the construction contract in July 2017 (More information here). Considering the time required to complete official documentation and safety planning, construction work may be expected to begin in the fall of 2017. The scope of the project includes: a flood gate across the Central Canal near the intersection of Westfield Boulevard and Capitol Avenue to connect to INFDRP Phase 3B-2; and a floodwall, constructed along Westfield Boulevard tying to high ground in Holcomb Gardens on the campus of Butler University.
Construction of the project will avoid or minimize the destruction of mature trees along the project, and grasses will be planted on both sides of the floodwall following its construction. Pedestrian connectivity and accessibility will be maintained along the levee by the construction of both a series of pedestrian openings along the length of the floodwall; and by a multi-use paved path between Holcomb Gardens and the pedestrian bridge on Illinois Street. The visual impact of the northernmost portion of the floodwall will be minimized with the use of a passive floodwall system which will only spring into place in the case of high water. The floodwall will be covered in Ashlar stone in a tone appropriate to the surrounding natural environment, so as to limit its visual impact.
Any additional required vegetation management on Butler University's campus would take place in the fall of 2017, after October 1.
AECOM Phase 3B-3 Alignment Study: Rocky Ripple Area
In February 2017, the City of Indianapolis published a study prepared by AECOM regarding the technical basis for the selection of the Westfield Boulevard alignment for Phase 3B-3. The study includes an assessment of the range of options related to flood protection for the Town of Rocky Ripple. The study is available here.
2016 Project Update:
Phase 3A and 3C – Vegetation
In August 2016, an agreement was
reached between the City of Indianapolis DPW, Indiana Department of Natural
Resources and the Friends of the White River defining the conditions of a
permit allowing vegetation management activities to be carried out in Phases 3A
and 3C. Improvements will allow access for maintenance and inspection, prevent
animals and plants from destabilizing the levee foundation. The project will
include some tree and root clearing, the regrading of the levee slope, the
removal of asphalt rubble and the placement of limestone riprap where erosion
might otherwise occur. This work is required by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers to certify the project, allowing FEMA to accredit the entire
Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction project. In addition, improvements
are planned for the canoe access point west of the Monon pedestrian bridge, and
new canoe access point is planned just south of Kessler Boulevard.
Phase 3B2 Riviera Club
January 2016, the City made a property acquisition offer to the Riviera Club
for the land required to construct Phase 3B2. An
offer was formally accepted in June of 2016, and the US Army Corps of Engineers
opened the project to contractor bids in September 2016. Work will begin in
Phase 3B3 – Westfield
the Westfield Boulevard alignment officially selected for this section of the
levee, design conversations included elements required by Section 106 of the
National Historic Preservation Act. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers identified,
informed and invited local stakeholders to participate in the discussion and
formulation of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to mitigate the visual and
physical impacts of the proposed Phase 3B3 alignment. The effort
culminated in a draft MOA in November 2016.
Continued Coordination with
the Town of Rocky Ripple:
In March 2016, the City met with
the Town of Rocky Ripple Board members to further discuss local flood damage
reduction opportunities. The conversation continued through the summer of 2016
as a Memorandum of Understanding was drafted to further define how the City and
Town might accomplish their mutual goals. In late August, the MOU was signed by
representatives of Indy DPW and the Town of Rocky Ripple, solidifying a
relationship of continued coordination on matters related to water quality,
flood protection, erosion control and stormwater management. The City and Town
agreed to coordinate on public outreach; planning improvements; obtaining
easements, permits and rights of entry; and the completion of activities as a
part of the Marion County Stormwater Management District. In the fall of 2016,
with the approval of the Town of Rocky Ripple, the City began limited
vegetation management work on the public land on the east bank of the West Fork
of the White River. The City worked to clear hazardous brush and other
vegetation determined to be threatening to the stability of the east river
bank. The City looks to continue this and other Town-coordinated activities in
December, 2015 - Canal West Bank Alignment Analysis, and Official Selection of the Westfield Blvd. Alignment
The City completed the Canal West Bank Alignment Analysis in 2015 to assist in decision making related to the final alignment of the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project. The analysis was completed by the City of Indianapolis as a result of stakeholder concerns regarding the protection of the water supply. On November 9, 2015, Mayor Greg Ballard met with Colonel Beck, Commander, Louisville District, United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to discuss the draft analysis and its findings. On December 9, 2015, the Corps informed the City that because the proposed alignment did not, based on reported findings, end in Natural High Ground, thus compromising structure certification for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Corps, “will not cost share this proposed alternative alignment.”
Therefore, on Monday December 12, 2015, Mayor Gregory Ballard notified the Corps of Engineers informing them that the City intended to move forward with the Corps selected Westfield Blvd. Alignment to complete the final length of the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project. In his letter to the Corps the Mayor noted that Canal West Bank Alignment Feasibility Analysis identified that natural high ground could not be reached within the proposed project limit and therefore leaving little to no assurance that the canal west bank alignment could be accredited by the FEMA. The use of Federal Funds and the completion of the now more than 20-year old project were also factors in the Mayor’s decision.
The analysis itself looks specifically at technical aspects of habitat impact, property impact, soils and stability and land survey of a project alternative along the west bank of the water supply canal. The document can be found here.
The Department will also continue to coordinate with Citizens Energy Group (CEG) to complete activities related to the water supply canal and operations of the canal and water supply. The selected Westfield Blvd. Alignment places flood gates in a canal crossing to prevent river floodwaters from reaching areas behind the line of flood protection. The City will assist CEG in construction of a supplemental water intake at the river that will be used during times of flooding to continue to provide flow in the canal when the flood gates are closed.
Phase 3A and Phase 3C Vegetation Management Project
In June, 2015, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) issued Construction in a Floodway Permit FW 27680 for the proposed Phase 3A and Phase 3C Vegetation Management Project. The permit was appealed and stayed by project complainants. On November 17, 2015, the City, State and Federal agencies and the appellant attended a mediation walkthrough to address concerns regarding the complaint. All parties are currently working on details of the mediation walkthrough which remains in legal process with the IDNR
The City and the Corps have completed plans for an additional 45 acres of mitigation planting for the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project. The construction work will begin in 2016 and include mitigation plantings at Eagle Creek Park, Town Run Park and Southwestway Park. The plan has been approved by the IDNR and brings the project into current permit mitigation compliance requirements.
Phase 3B2 Earthen Levee Construction
The City and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are completing design activities necessary for earthen levee construction along the West Fork of the White River at the Riviera Country Club. The City is currently preparing draft agreements for the purchase of needed easements. It is anticipated that the proposed work could begin in late 2016.
Phase 3B3 Floodwall Construction
On Monday December 12, 2015, Mayor Gregory Ballard notified the Corps of Engineers informing them that the City intended to move forward with the Corps selected Westfield Blvd. Alignment to complete the final length of the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project. The Mayor’s letter directed Department of Public Works staff to coordinate planning and design activities with the Corps.
Department staff is currently working with the Corps to establish a schedule to complete design and construction which is anticipated to be carried out beginning in 2017 and finishing in 2018. The Department will begin necessary activities for securing needed easements in 2016.
The Department will also continue to coordinate with Citizens Energy Group (CEG) to complete activities related to the water supply canal and operations of the canal and water supply. The selected Westfield Blvd. Alignment places flood gates in a canal crossing to prevent river floodwaters from reaching areas behind the line of flood protection. The City will assist CEG in construction of a supplement water intake at the river that will be used during times of flooding to continue to provide flow in the canal when the flood gates are closed.
June 8, 2015 - INFDRP 2015 Activity Update
Canal West Bank Feasibility Analysis
Field work for the current analysis has been completed and the engineer continues to assess the data toward a proposed project completion of September 2015. The Canal West Bank Feasibility Analysis is being completed by the City of Indianapolis DPW to assist in decision-making with respect to a final alignment for the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project. The analysis, which is being completed as a result of City and Stakeholder concerns regarding the protection of the water supply, looks specifically at technical aspects of habitat impact, property impact, soils and stability and land survey of a project alternative along the west bank of the water supply canal.
The City is coordinating the effort with Citizens Water Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete the analysis. The final steps will include considerations of both cost and benefits of an alignment along the west canal bank.
Phase 3A and 3C Vegetation Management Project
Both the City and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been informed that no official decision has been issued regarding the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Construction in a Floodway Permit. The permit is required by the State to complete the proposed vegetation management project along Phase 3A and 3C of the completed levee and floodwall. The project includes clearing trees along the slopes of the project in accordance with Corps 2009 Vegetation Management Guidelines. The Corps requires the clearing for the completion of needed project certification documents which will be presented to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of the proposed accreditation process.
The Corps is currently terminating a contract issued for the clearing project in 2014. The Corps will issue a contract for the proposed project after the issuance of the State permit.
The City and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continue to complete planning and design for required mitigation plantings for the completed project works. During 2015 approximately 20 acres of mitigation plantings were carried out that include native hardwood forest, woody herbaceous shrubs and herbaceous seeding. In 2016 the City and Corps propose to complete an additional 45 acres of mitigation plantings to meet federal and state requirements. The mitigation plantings are being proposed at Eagle Creek, Town Run, and Southwestway Parks and have been approved by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The City and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are completing activities necessary in advance of additional earthen levee construction along the West Fork of the White River at the Riviera Country Club. The activities include identifying needed easements for construction and utility relocation in advance of plan completion. The purchase of easements and materials for the project will require City-County Council approval. The proposed earthen levee would extend the flood works to approximately the south end of the Riviera Property. The proposed project would not cross the water supply canal nor would it complete the line of flood protection.
March 10, 2015 - INFDRP 2015 Activity Update
During the week of March 1, 2015, contractors working for
the Department of Public Works (DPW) began
efforts to complete the Canal West Bank Feasibility Analysis. DPW is pursuing the analysis to complete
engineering examination of the west bank of the water supply canal to determine
the feasibility of this location for a flood management structure alternative
that could complete the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction
Project. The Canal West Bank Feasibility Analysis is proposed to be complete in Summer 2015.
DPW is coordinating the
effort with both the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (the Corps) and Citizens Water
Authority as an alternative to address local concerns regarding the protection
of the water supply to the White River Water Treatment Plant. The Corps
is currently determining its level of participation in the feasibility analysis
effort. In 2014, the Corps issued a Record of Decision identifying the
Westfield Boulevard alignment as the Corps preferred alignment for completing
the larger project.
The 2015 West Canal Bank Feasibility Analysis builds on a preliminary study of several alternatives for flood management conducted in 2013. The results allowed DPW to pursue the 2015 West Canal Bank Feasibility Study in order to attain more detailed information outside the scope of the 2013 study. See the preliminary study here.
In the past, DPW has also completed several reports regarding alignment alternatives in coordination with the Town of Rocky Ripple. A levee inspection report from September 2011 and a summary memorandum exploring potential land need for an earthen levee from April 2014 can be found in the Resources sidebar to the right.
The Corps has completed the design and is obtaining
environmental permits for the completion of a vegetation
management project along the completed Broad Ripple (Phase 3C) and Warfleigh
(Phase 3A) sections of levee/floodwall. The proposed tree clearing will
be completed to meet the Corps 2009 Guidelines for Vegetation Management at
Levees and Floodwalls. The project will clear vegetation --including trees-- off
the existing levee structures and create a vegetation free zone 15 feet from
the toe of slope of a levee or base of a floodwall. Following the vegetation management project, DPW will work with the Corps to determine needed
certification documents for approaching the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) regarding the Levee Mapping and Analysis Procedures process for
determining flood plain designation benefits from the completed
levee/floodwall. The vegetation management project
is proposed to be complete in fall 2015.
The Department and the Corps are preparing to complete more
than 20 acres of mitigation plantings at Eagle Creek Park including native
hardwood forest trees and woody herbaceous shrubs with native herbaceous
seeding. These plantings, when
complete in spring 2015, will be part of a larger effort to mitigate
environmental impacts from the construction of the existing levee and floodwall
structures. The mitigation areas at Eagle Creek
Park will be protected from whitetail deer depredation. Other mitigation projects
will be completed at Southwestway Park and Town Run Park.
Other 2015 Activities Underway
DPW continues to identify
additional mitigation areas to replace impacted riparian and other habitat
areas of the larger Indianapolis North Flood Damage
Reduction Project. DPW is also
working with the Corps to determine the next phase of project construction
which includes property identification and acquisition; the Corps is
responsible for specific project design and construction of the project.
DPW also continues to
meet with local stakeholder groups such as the Warfleigh Neighborhood
Association and the Town of Rocky Ripple to discuss project status and
January 22, 2015 - Study Will Briefly Close Canal Towpath
In working to complete the southern reach of the
Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project, the Indianapolis Department
of Public Works (DPW) has initiated a feasibility analysis of the proposed
Canal West Bank levee alignment alternative. This is a part of the ongoing
project to complete the line of flood protection in north Indianapolis.
The analysis will include topographic survey, geotechnical
analysis, wetland delineation and structural analysis to determine the
feasibility for the proposed alignment. The study is expected to be complete by
summer 2015, and it will be coordinated by the Army Corps of Engineers, DPW and
Citizens Energy Group.
The analysis will also require the closure of the Central
Canal Towpath beginning in February for the completion of soil borings along
the trail. The City estimates that the towpath could be closed for as many as
30 days, depending on weather.
Residents should use the following designated detour during
the closure, which will be clearly marked with signs:
the sidewalk on Michigan Road to 42nd Street.
Street to Haughey Avenue
Avenue turns into W. Hampton Drive
Hampton to Illinois Street
Street to Westfield Boulevard, where the towpath can be accessed
See a map
of the detour here.
The Canal West Bank alignment was identified as a popular
local alternative to the original alignment along Westfield Boulevard proposed
by the Corps. Stakeholders and the local water utility expressed the need
to complete a feasibility analysis. DPW coordinated with the Corps
through 2014 to determine the best approach for such an assessment.
September 3, 2013
The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) at the request of the Department of Public Works extended the comment period for the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) to October 31, 2013; making the total comment period a total of 145 days. The City views this as a public safety concern and wants to make sure residents understand their options as well as have plenty of time to view the FSEIS and the recently released benefit-cost-ratio document.
July 16, 2013:
The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) at the request of the Department of Public Works extended the comment period for the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) to September 6, 2013. The City will host an open house series to help residents better understand the FSEIS and the recently released benefit-cost-ratio document.
All three open houses will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6050 N. Meridian Street (Lilly Room). If special accommodations are needed, please call (317) 327-2378.
DPW will not collect comments on the FSEIS. Mail written comments to:
June 4, 2013:The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) has been made aware that the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) from the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project could be available as soon as this Friday, June 7. As more specific details are made available to DPW, they will be forwarded. This FSEIS is reported to contain the Corps’ recommendations for the IIIB segment of levee. Comments from the August 23, 2012, public hearing will also be considered and addressed in this document. Once the document is available, it will be posted on the Corps project site: http://bit.ly/indynorthleveeMay 20, 2013:
The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) has been made aware that the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) from the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project is scheduled to come out in the coming weeks.
This FSEIS is reported to contain the Corps’ recommendations for the IIIB segment of levee. Comments from the August 23, 2012, public hearing will also be considered and addressed in this document. Once the document is available, it will be posted on the Corps project site: http://bit.ly/indynorthlevee
January 30, 2013:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) will hold a public open house for the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project Phase III: Section B. If special accommodations are needed, please call (317) 327-2378.
INDIANAPOLIS NORTH FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION PROJECT PHASE III: SECTION B, PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6050 N. Meridian St. (Parish Hall)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and DPW will hold an open house to share details on the upcoming contract to construct an earthen levee beginning at Kessler Boulevard, extending south 2,700 feet. There will be no formal presentation, so residents are welcome to attend at any time. Corps and City staff will be available to answer questions during the open house.
In the event of inclement weather, please call 327-2378 for updates.
August 28, 2012:
The public comment period for the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction project has been extended to Sept. 28, 2012, resulting in a 90 day comment period. All comments should be directed to the US Army Corps of Engineers. For more details and to submit comments, please visit: http://bit.ly/indynorthlevee
August 21, 2012:
The Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project open house and public hearing will be held this Thursday, August 23rd at the Meridian Street United Methodist Church, located at 5500 North Meridian St.
Guests should park in the parking lot, entering the rear doors. Signage will direct attendees to the sign-in tables. All attendees must sign in and, at that time, should indicate if they would like to make a comment during the public hearing. All oral comments will be made in an organized format with comments limited to three minutes. Each comment will be recorded. Comments made at the hearing will be included in the project documentation and will be considered in the preparation of a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS).
Attendees may bring written comments to the hearing to deliver to the Corps and can continue to send the Corps comments until the end of the comment period- August 31st. From 5-6:45, guests will participate in the open house, which will take place in the parlor. Corps and City staff will be available to answer questions. The hearing will begin promptly at 7 pm in the sanctuary.
The City has formally requested an extension of the public comment period to September 30th. The City anticipates a response to the request from the Corps before the end of the week.
For more details on this project or to submit comments, please visit the Corps’ project website: www.bit.ly/indynorth
July 20, 2012:
The US Army Corps of Engineers has announced the details for the upcoming public hearing for the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.
The hearing will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at the Meridian Street United Methodist Church, located at 5500 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis, In. The open house portion of the event will begin at 5 p.m. and will end at 6:45 p.m. The hearing will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to make public comments during the hearing and may also submit written comments to the Corps. Comments made at the hearing will be included in the project documentation and will be considered in the preparation of the Corps' Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.
For more details, please view the Corps' press release here.
June 22, 2012:
The Army Corps of Engineers has posted its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to its website:
The public comment period officially begins June 29 and concludes Aug. 31, 2012.
Updates on the Corps SEIS public hearing which will occur during the public comment period, will be posted at this address. Residents in the project area will receive notification from the City of Indianapolis- Department of Public Works.
From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project
The Army Corps of Engineers has released its Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS). The document describes the need for changes to the project which is currently unfinished. The DSEIS is available below.
As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the DSEIS evaluates specific alternatives or proposed actions for realigning a downstream section of a proposed floodwall, additional tree removal at previously constructed sections of the project and changes to mitigation of the project's environmental impacts.
The DSEIS provides recommendations, aka Proposed Actions, to the project sponsor, The City of Indianapolis and its Department of Public Works, regarding flood risk reduction in the project study area. The document and public input process helps to determine a way ahead for the Corps and the City of Indianapolis to proceed.
A minimum 45-day public comment period begins with the Notice of Availability being published in the Federal Register. The expected date of publication is June 29, 2012. This time period allows for the public to comment on the study findings via email or letter to the Army Corps of Engineers. The comment period ends on Monday, August 13, 2012.
A public hearing on the DSEIS will also be scheduled as part of the Corps' public input process. Check this site for updates on the public hearing.
The Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project is cost-shared by the federal government and the City of Indianapolis. Two parts of the levee are complete with the third section remaining. Flood risk reduction benefits are not realized until the total project is complete. A Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement will be assembled and distributed in the future.
To provide a written comment on the study, mail it to:
COLONEL LUKE T. LEONARD
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, LOUISVILLE DISTRICT PO BOX 59
LOUISVILLE, KY 40201
June 14, 2012: The Indianapolis Indy North fact sheet phase 3B FINAL 30 Jan 13.pdfNorth Flood Damage Reduction Project will soon release its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The draft SEIS is a study - a document - which is prepared as part of the formal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process the Army Corps of Engineers follows. The document lays out alternatives to complete the project and environmental and cultural resources implications.
When completed, the process will allow the Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Indianapolis who is the local cost share sponsor to determine the future direction of the project. Two parts of the levee are complete with the third section remaining. Flood risk reduction benefits are not realized until the total project is complete.
The SEIS will be/is available on this website at a date to be announced. A final Environmental Impact Statement will be assembled and distributed in the future.
A 45-day public comment period will begin once the SEIS are released. This time period allows the public to comment on the study findings via email or letter to the Army Corps of Engineers. A public hearing on the SEIS will also be scheduled within several weeks after the report release as part of the Corps' public input process.
Members of the public in the affected project area are invited to attend the hearing. The hearing will take place at a location near the project area. The primary purpose of the hearings is to present the proposed alternatives of the project and to take public comments in response to the SEIS. A short presentation of the study findings will be given by the Army Corps of Engineers' project managers.
The public comment session starts immediately thereafter. All comments will be made in an organized format, with those interested in speaking registering by name on site. Comments are limited to five minutes. Each comment will be recorded. Comments made at the hearing will be included in the project documentation and will be considered in the preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District Commander Col. Luke Leonard will chair the meeting. Department of Public Works officials will attend. An hour-long public open house will precede the hearing. Tables and displays will be set up with diagrams of the project. Fact sheets and resources will be available. Representatives from Indianapolis Department of public Works and the Corps will be on hand to discuss the project.
March 9, 2012: The Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project is currently awaiting the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Once the SEIS has been received, a public hearing, required by the Corps, will be scheduled several weeks after the SEIS document release. This gap will allow adequate time for all interested parties to review the document and prepare comments.
Those in the affected project area will be invited to attend the hearing. The hearing will take place at a location near the project area. A short presentation on the project area will be given by the project engineers and local sponsors. The primary purpose of this hearing is to present the proposed alternatives of the project and to take public comments in response to the SEIS.
Attendees will be invited to view the project alternatives, which will be on display, and will be offered the opportunity to make public comments regarding the project. All comments will be made in an organized format, with those interested in commenting registering and each comment being recorded by a stenographer. Comments made at this hearing will be included in the project documentation and will be considered in the preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
August 17, 2011: In mid-September, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned to hold a public meeting to discuss the findings of the Corps' Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS). The U.S. Army Corps has found the issue more complex than anticipated, therefore the document is not yet ready for release and the meeting will be postponed. Below, please find language from the Corps about the delay. DPW will contact residents, by mail, when the DSEIS public meeting is rescheduled.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District has made significant progress in preparing the draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS) regarding the proposed Indianapolis North Phase 3B floodwall alignment and other changes to the project.
The scope of the study - including the description and analysis of the alternatives - is far more complex than originally anticipated. There has been a significant amount of public interest and comment also. In order to prepare a complete and thorough professional document which the public will be able to thoughtfully digest, understand and comment upon, the Corps needs to postpone public circulation of the complete DSEIS until mid-October, 2011 with a public meeting to follow shortly thereafter.
July 8, 2011: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on May 10, 2011 stating that a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) would be completed and circulated for comments in June 2011. Since filing the NOI, the Corps has increased the scope of the SEIS by evaluating additional alternatives for the floodwall construction at the city's request. In the Corps' desire to be thorough, it requires more time to ensure the SEIS fully and accurately addresses public comments on the Environmental Assessment that was distributed in February 2011. As a result, the Corps will circulate a draft SEIS for agency and public review in mid to late August 2011.
In addition, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) along with the Corps is preparing to host a public meeting in order to discuss the SEIS and answer questions about the Indianapolis North Levee Project. The meeting will likely be held in mid-September; postcards announcing the time, place and location will be sent three weeks beforehand.
May 12, 2011: As a result of responses to a recently issued Environmental Assessment for the Phase IIIB of the Indianapolis White River (North) Flood Damage Reduction Project and ongoing conversations with the City of Indianapolis (the local project sponsor), on May 10 the Army Corps of Engineers issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Public Federal Register to prepare the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The Corps noted that the current “partially completed project” does not meet current performance standards or provide the authorized level of protection.
The SEIS will consider potential environmental impacts for a number of alternatives currently being discussed with the City pertaining to both the Phase IIIB portion of the project and the completed Phase IIIA & Phase IIIC sections. The alternatives for Phase IIIB include (1) the current proposed alignment along Westfield Blvd. and the Water Supply Canal, (2) moving the proposed canal flood gate structure down the canal approximately 600 feet, (3) including a levee to protect Rocky Ripple, and (4) not completing the project.
The SEIS will also include impacts from possible changes to the completed portions of the levee and flood wall project. The alternatives considered for the completed portions of the project are a result of requirements implemented by the agency since Hurricane Katrina. These alternatives include (1) clearing all woody vegetation 20 feet from the toe or base on each side of the levee, (2) a variance to clear woody vegetation 20 ft outward horizontally from the crown of the completed sections, and (3) no additional clearing.
Public participation is welcomed and encouraged during the process to complete the SEIS. That process will include at least two review periods for the draft and final SEIS lasting 30-45 days each. The draft SEIS is scheduled to be released for public review and comment in June 2011. Comment can be made anytime via mail, e-mail or telephone.
The City will coordinate at least one local public meeting with the Corps 45-60 days from now.
Residents who would like to submit comments should direct them to:
Mr. Michael Turner, CELRL-PM-P-EU.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington DistrictP.O. Box 59, Louisville, KY 40201-0059Telephone 502.315.6900
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