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Churchs Ferry

Churchs Ferry


Federal Emergency Management Agency
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment
For the Churchs Ferry Substation Relocation
Benson County, North Dakota

Interested persons are hereby notified that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), and the Central Power Electric Cooperative (CPEC), a Rural Electric Co-op, through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) under Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA-1981-DR are preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed relocation of the Churchs Ferry Electric Substation and ancillary power-distribution system.  In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the implementing regulations of FEMA, an EA is being prepared to assess the potential impacts of each of the proposed alternatives on the human and natural environment. This also provides public notice to invite public comments on the proposed project in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, and Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands.   

 The Cooperative has identified the need to protect the substation and ancillary power-distribution system against continuous long-term flooding and probable total inundation due to rising water levels in the surrounding Devils Lake basin. The proposed project will relocate the existing substation to a new location approximately 4 miles west of its present location and 6 miles east of Leeds, ND. The proposed 3 acre relocation site is located at Latitude 48.2773; Longitude -99.2873.  The proposed route of the electrical transmission line extends from the proposed substation to the tap site ½ mile northeast of Leeds, ND, (Latitude 48.2964; Longitude -99.4259) where the new transmission line will connect with an existing Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) transmission line.  

A public comment period related to the Proposed Action will remain open for 15 days following publication of this notice.  If no substantive comments are received by the above deadline, the draft EA will become final and associated Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and be issued by FEMA. Substantive comments will be addressed as appropriate in the final documents.Interested parties may submit comments or request hard copy of the draft EA and other information by contacting: 

Interested parties may submit comments or request hard copy of the draft EA and other information by contacting: 


Richard Myers

Deputy Regional Environmental Officer
DFC Building 710, P.O. Box 25267
Denver, Colorado 80225
Telephone: 303-235-4926
Fax: 303-235-4849
Mark Sherman
Central Power Electrical Cooperative
525 20th Avenue SW
Minot, ND 58701
Telephone:  701-852-4407
Fax:  701-852-4402


Churchs Ferry EA

APPENDIX A - Maps & Figures

APPENDIX B - Photographs

APPENDIX C - Correspondence

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