WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Wilmington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is soliciting public comments on an application from Rocky Ford East, LLC (RFE Farms) which seeks Army authorization to fill and subsequently flood approximately 4,092 linear feet of stream and 0.14 acre of wetlands associated with the construction of an open water lake for competitive water skiing in Catawba County, N.C.
Comments received will be considered by the USACE to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal. To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects and all other appropriate public interest factors. Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) and/or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.
The Public Notice, including specific plans and site information, is available on the Wilmington District Web Site at http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/RegulatoryPermitProgram/PublicNotices.aspx.
Comments must be received by close of business on January 5, 2015, and may be addressed to Mr. Steve Kichefski, Asheville Regulatory Field Office,151 Patton Ave., Room 208, Asheville, N.C. 28801.