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Indianapolis White River (North) Flood Damage Reduction Project Update

 

June 27, 2014
 
6/27/2014 Westfield Boulevard Record of Decision Public Release
  • This afternoon, the US Army Corps of Engineers will release a Record of Decision (ROD) on the Final Environmental Impact Study completed for the proposed Westfield Boulevard alignment of the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction project. 
  •  The ROD identifies the Westfield Boulevard alignment as a Corps preferred flood protection project, meaning they would support and provide federal funding to support its construction—IF the City agreed to pursue this option. The conditions for the construction of a final alignment of the project include the attainment of sufficient funding, and an agreement between the City, DPW and the Corps.
  • Based on input from the public and the identification of preferred local options, the City is not pursuing the Westfield Blvd alignment as a flood protection project.
  • Instead, the Corps is coordinating with the City to develop an analysis for the locally preferred West Canal Bank alignment. The ROD will reflect the City’s request for this analysis. Details are still being determined as DPW and Corps coordinate.
  • The attached map outlines the completed segments of the levee as well as proposed Indy North options. (Note, DPW earlier this year informed the Corps that the City is no longer pursuing the Illinois Street alignment due to concerns related to the proposed gate crossing of the canal.) 
  • Location Map Indy North Levee
December 9, 2013
 
The Department of Public Works met with US Army Corps of Engineers representatives on Monday December 9, 2013 to discuss a locally preferred alternative alignment for the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project.  Director Miser and DPW representatives informed the Corps that it was no longer pursuing the Illinois Street alignment due to concerns related to the proposed gate crossing of the canal.  The City and Corps will instead complete an analysis for a possible alternative to complete the flood protection project along the west bank of the water supply canal.  Details of the analysis are still be determined as the DPW and Corps coordinate on several issues.
 
DPW continues to meet with CEG representatives to coordinate project issues along a preferred alternative alignment.  DPW also continues to work with the Town of Rocky Ripple to determine available flood protection options and alternatives there.
 
The City is committed to working with affected neighborhoods and stakeholders to provide flood protection with a federally-funded project that protects as many as possible.

 

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.

DPW will not collect comments on the FSEIS. Mail written comments to:
 
 
COLONEL LUKE T. LEONARD
DISTRICT COMMANDER
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, LOUISVILLE DISTRICT
PO BOX 59
ATTN: CELRL-PM-P-E
LOUISVILLE, KY 40201

 

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.

 
  • Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 22, 2013 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 24, 2013 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

DPW will not collect comments on the FSEIS. Mail written comments to:

 

COLONEL LUKE T. LEONARD
DISTRICT COMMANDER
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, LOUISVILLE DISTRICT
PO BOX 59
ATTN: CELRL-PM-P-E
LOUISVILLE, KY 40201

 

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/indynorthlevee

May 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 visithttp://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:

 http://bit.ly/indynorth

 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

DISTRICT COMMANDER

US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, LOUISVILLE DISTRICT PO BOX 59

ATTN: CELRL-PM-P-E

LOUISVILLE, KY 40201

 

 June 14, 2012: The Indianapolis Indy North fact sheet phase 3B FINAL 30 Jan 13.pdfIndy 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-E
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District
P.O. Box 59, Louisville, KY  40201-0059
Telephone 502.315.6900

Email michael.turner@usace.army.mil