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Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Determination for Shoreline Stabilization Project


The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze the impacts of shoreline stabilization, including the use of dredged material as backfill, for Phillis and Georgetown Islands of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Based on the EA, the USFWS has determined a finding of no significant impact (FONSI). It was found that the shoreline stabilization project on Phillis and Georgetown Islands would not, either individually or cumulatively, have a significant adverse impact on the quality of human or wildlife environments. The USFWS will therefore not prepare an environmental impact statement for the shoreline stabilization project as per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The shoreline stabilization project on Phillis and Georgetown Islands is being planned though a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). These two islands are located along the Ohio River at mile points 35 and 38 in Beaver County, PA. Both islands are part of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge and have experienced severe losses of land base to erosion. The shoreline stabilization project will involve constructing low profile rock dikes, parallel to shore while utilizing clean dredge material to fill behind the dikes. Construction will occur periodically over 5 years. Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to review the EA or FONSI, please contact the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge office at 304-375-2923 or email glenn_klingler@fws.gov.
 
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2013
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