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Combined Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and

Notice of Intent to Request a Release of Funds

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

11/25/2019 

Colleton County

PO Box 157

Walterboro, SC 29488

(843) 549-5221

  

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Colleton County.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS 

On or about December 16, 2019, Colleton County will submit a request to the SC Department of Commerce/Grants Administration Division for the release of CDBG funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as the Colleton County Project with a total of $550,000 including $500,000 CDBG funds where the County proposes to use funding to upgrade the water lines in the identified neighborhood. The primary activity with this project is to replace the old, small water lines with larger water lines and add fire hydrants. Approximately 7,001 LF of new 6” water line will replace the existing small water line to connect the water line to provide a looping effect and improve water pressure and flow to allow for installing fire hydrants to cover the area with better fire protection. Additionally, the project will include the installation of 5 new fire hydrants, 12 new gate valves, replacement of all service assemblies, and looped interconnections to an existing 12-inch water main, an existing 8-inch water main, and an existing 6-inch water main.  The looping improves flow capabilities, reduces pressure losses, and helps to maintain fresh water.

 

Proposed 6-inch water main along Live Oak Street will cross wetlands depicted on the USFWS National Wetlands Inventory Maps beginning approximately 1,135 south of Live Oak Street’s intersection with Barracada Road.  The crossing is proposed to be made by the directional drill method using fused HDPE pipe extending approximately 300 feet southward in a manner such that there will be no impacts to these wetlands.  Both the entry point and the exit point will be positioned outside the boundaries of the wetlands.  Directional drilling of utility pipelines has now advanced to the point that such wetlands crossings need not be designed with one continuous arc but rather can be turned as needed to extend under streams and associated wetlands such as Shereau Branch without having to go excessively deep.  This will allow the design to proceed such that there will be a minimum of 4 feet of earth cover, but not so deep that access is restricted if a leak or rupture were to occur.  A wetlands crossing in this manner would be allowed by the US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit #12-Utility Line Activities and would not require the submittal of a Pre-Construction Notification.

Since there are no wetlands within the right-of-way of Barracada Road and the water mainalong that road is proposed to be completely within that right-of-way, there will be no water mains crossing wetlands along that road.

The design of the proposed project will incorporate the use of Best Management Practices (BMP’s) particularly as it relates to sediment/erosion control and the protection of the wetlands to be crossed.

 

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

Colleton County has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at Colleton County Administration Office, 109 Benson Street, Walterboro, SC and may be examined or copied weekdays 9A.M to 5P.M.

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5 Attractions That Make Walterboro a Must-Do Day Trip

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A visit to Walterboro calls for sweet tea and lazy summer days, visiting nature and puttering around, looking at artists’ work and poking in antique shops. It makes a perfect day trip or weekend getaway. That’s why it’s called the Front Porch of the Lowcountry.

If you haven’t visited Walterboro yet, this summer would be a great time for a visit. Walterboro is just a short ride from Charleston, Summerville, Savannah, Beaufort, and Columbia, yet so far away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

So, come on over and sit a spell. Walterboro offers a lot to enjoy, just down the road.

1. Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary

Walterboro boasts a stunning 600-acre wildlife sanctuary just three minutes from I-95. In the heart of the ACE River Basin, the sanctuary features what may be the world’s only braided creek swamp accessible to the public — a network of creeks snaking around tiny, pop-up islands. The definition of Lowcountry flora and fauna, the sanctuary’s boardwalk offers views of cypress knees, hardwood flats, and live oaks drenched in Spanish moss.

This quiet oasis is a great place to commune with alligators and birds or kayak the creek with a line out for dinner. Feel the tug of history as you walk along the Colonial-era Charleston-to-Savannah Stagecoach Road with the ruins of its old cypress bridges and exit emotionally and spiritually refreshed.

2. South Carolina Artisans Center

The South Carolina Artisans Center invites you to indulge your inner artist. The restored Victorian cottage houses handcrafted art from 300 South Carolinian artists. Focused on traditional and indigenous folk art and contemporary crafts in every medium imaginable, the Artisans Center features a historic canoe that you can take home with you if you have a trailer and $60,000 to spend. If you’re looking for a more modest purchase, the SC Artisans Center, has everything from ornaments to sea grass baskets and everything in-between. The kid-friendly facility also includes funny pottery characters and wood-crafted dinosaur toys. 

3. Antiques and Collectibles

While soaking in the Lowcountry charm in this walkable city, mosey over to East Washington Street and poke your head in at the antique malls that have dotted Walterboro for so long they’re antiques themselves. Visit the collection of fake noses and glasses at Bachelor Hill Antiques, the Waterford crystal at Washington Street Antiques, Governor Carroll Campbell’s gorgeous Hong Kong-built chest at Antiques and Collectibles or any of the literally thousands of antiques and collectibles of all types along the street. If you can imagine it, it’s somewhere on East Washington.

 

4. Tuskegee Airmen Memorial

We should never forget the contribution made to the war effort by African-American soldiers, sailors and flyers who fought during WWII to protect the promise of liberty and justice denied to them at the time. The famed Tuskegee Airmen, a group of pilots educated at Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee University and trained at Walterboro Army airfield, served in segregated military units that helped destroy the enemy on every front during the war. They returned home to segregation and discrimination despite their heroism and service.

In May of 1997, a monument honoring their bravery was placed at the old airfield and stands there today, a silent sentinel to the ultimate triumph of valor over bigotry.

5. First Thursday

The first Thursday of every month, East Washington Street is closed to traffic and hundreds of people stroll its path, stop in at shops and restaurants and enjoy the sounds of local musicians in the streets’ historic Waterfall Plaza. Bask in the sultry Southern charm of this throwback Americana locale.

Indeed, you could walk anywhere, anytime in downtown Walterboro, which sports two historic districts on the National Register and 55 points of interest dating back 200 years and marking the heritage of the Old South.

The Front Porch of the Lowcountry is right here in your backyard. Y’all come on over.

To learn more about a day trip to Walterboro, visit WalterboroSC.org.

Read the Post & Courier article here


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