SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, (Corps) is proposing to reissue Regional General Permit (RGP) 14 for Erosion Control and Other Minor Activities on the Fort Carson Army Garrison (Fort Carson) and the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS). No changes to the permit are proposed. This notice is to inform interested parties of the proposed reissuance of RGP 14 and to solicit comments.
The existing RGP 14 is available on our website at www.spa.usace.army.mil/reg/rgp and will expire on October 2, 2019.
AUTHORITY: Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344) for the discharge of dredged or fill material in all waters of the United States (WOUS).
AREA OF COVERAGE: RGP 14 is applicable to all WOUS, including wetlands, on federally owned lands and easements associated with or held by Fort Carson in El Paso, Pueblo, and Fremont Counties, and on PCMS in Las Animas County, Colorado, except for certain activity-specific restrictions as described in the Scope of Work section of the permit.
SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES: This RGP authorizes erosion control and other minor activities that would not result in more than minimal individual or cumulative adverse effects on the aquatic environment within the boundaries of Fort Carson and PCMS. Most of the activities covered by RGP 14 also qualify for authorization under one or more nationwide permits, and RGP 14 provides a periodic reporting requirement in lieu of the pre-construction notification (PCN) requirement for some of the nationwide permits.
LENGTH OF AUTHORIZATION: This RGP, if reissued, will expire five years from the date of issuance.
OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORIZATIONS: Water quality certification or a waiver, as required under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, is required for this permit. The State of Colorado Water Quality Control Division is evaluating the proposed RGP and the Corps anticipates that Colorado 401 Water Quality certification will be issued for the permit.
COMMENTS: All comments pertaining to this Public Notice must reach this office on or before October 1, 2019. Extensions of the comment period may be granted for valid reasons provided a written request is received by the limiting date. If no comments are received by that date, it will be considered that there are no objections. Anyone may request, in writing, that a public hearing be held to consider this effort. Requests shall specifically state, with particularity, the reason(s) for holding a public hearing. If the Corps determines that the information received in response to this notice is inadequate for thorough evaluation, a public hearing may be warranted. If a public hearing is warranted, interested parties will be notified of the time, date, and location.
Written comments and requests for additional information should be submitted to:
Joshua G. Carpenter, Senior Project Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District
Southern Colorado Regulatory Office
201 West 8th Street, Suite 350
Pueblo, CO 81003
Please note that all written comments received are subject to release to the public through the Freedom of Information Act.