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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.

What to Do

Edisto River Treehouses

Location

1 Livery Lane, St. George, SC 29477

Canoe the best of South Carolina
Located between Charleston, Columbia and Savannah

The largest Private Wildlife Refuge on the Edisto River, accessible onlt by canoe, offers our guests unparalleled privacy and stunning views from world-class treehouses.

This stretch of the longest, free flowing blackwater river in the southeastern United States has sandy banks and a shallow, sandy bottom - perfect for swimming and picnicking.  When water is higher, as in the winter months, you can paddle right into forests of cypress trees.  The river's winding, undeveloped shoreline offers you the perfect romantic, family, or friendship getaway.

Book your stay now: http://canoesc.com/calendarcontact.html

Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary

Location

Detreville Street

Hours

Daily from dawn to dusk

Comprised of over 800 acres of braided creek and hardwood flats. The sanctuary offers boardwalks, bridges, bike and walking trails for viewing natural lowcountry wildlife and beauty. Spanish moss drips from Cypress trees and wildflowers abound as you pass a beaver pond, duck pond, butterfly garden. Free admission.

Read more about it.

The Bedon-Lucas House Museum

Location

205 Church St.

Hours

By Appointment

The Headquarters of the Colleton County Historic & Preservation Society, the Bedon Lucas house is located close to Walterboro's first settlement in Hickory Valley, it was constructed in 1820. In 1996 the Colleton County Historical & Preservation Society raised funds to purchase and restore the building. For tours please visit the Colleton County Historical & Preservation Society page.

The Colleton Museum & Farmer's Market

Location

506 E. Washington St.

Hours

Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

At out new location. Museum features exhibits on Colleton County's history, Natural Resources, Plantation Era relics. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

South Carolina Artisans Center

Location

334 Wichman St., Walterboro, SC 29488

Hours

Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5:30 pm

Representing over 300 of the State's finest juried artists and craftsmen, demonstrations and exhibits. It's mission is to preserve and perpetuate the folk art and fine craftsmanship of South Carolina artisans while creating a better understanding of the state's rich cultural heritage.

Tuskegee Airmen Monument

Location

Hwy. 17A,Walterboro Airport

During World War II, the Walterboro Army Airfield served as a training ground for Army airmen including a group of the Tuskegee Airmen. In May, 1997, a monument honoring their bravery was placed at the site. This was also the site of a POW camp and base hospital.

First Thursday

Location

E Washington Street, Walterboro, SC 29488

Hours

First Thursday of every month 5:30 - 8 pm

Join us in historic, downtown Walterboro for First Thursday.

On the first Thursday of each month, East Washington Street is closed to vehicle traffic from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Come downtown to shop, dine, and play! Live music at the Waterfall Plaza!

Free and open to all ages.

Dates left in 2019 are October 3, November 7, December 5. 

For other questions or information contact the Tourism Director, Christan Spires (843) 538 - 4353.

Give us your feedback on the event using our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TR8PKB8

Self-Guided Tour of Historic Walterboro

Location

The tour is designed to walk you through Walterboro's intriguing past as it evolves into today's lifestyle with 55 points of interest. There are two historic districts located in Walterboro: Historic Hickory Valley, a largely residential area with homes dating between 1814 and 1929; and the Walterboro Historic District, which covers the historic businesses and the lovely small town full of southern charm and heritage. Both districts having listings in the National Register of Historic Places.

Brochures are available at the Walterboro Welcome Center (1273 Sniders Hwy. 538-4353) 

Shop Downtown Walterboro

Location

E Washington Street, Walterboro, SC 29488

Our Historic Downtown is bustling with antique shops, boutiques, restaurants & more. Take a stroll down the street and don't forget to check out our waterfall while you're there. 

Walterboro Library Society Building (Little Library)

Location

803 Wichman St./Fishburne St.

Walterboro Library Society Building is a historic library building located at WalterboroColleton County, South Carolina. It was built in 1820, and is a small, white, Federal style frame building with a side-gabled roof. The front façade features a Palladian-style door surround capped by a fanlight. The building is occupied by the Colleton County Historical Society. When Walterboro was incorporated in 1826, the town boundaries were established as "3/4 of a mile in every direction from the Walterboro Library."[2][3]

Old Water Tower

Location

Memorial Ave./ Washington Street

The tower (built around 1915) is built of reinforced concrete and is 133 feet high. The tank section above the windows holds 100,000 gallons of water. At the base of the Tower are three jail cells where travelers, if stranded here many years ago and not able to pay for lodging, were allowed to stay here.