Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed
Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain and in a Wetland

Date: May 6, 2020

To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals

This is to give notice that Yancey County under Part 58 has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988 and 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain and/or wetland will have on the human environment for the Department of Commerce under ARC NC-19097. The proposed project will install approximately 4,000 LF of 12-inch gravity sewer within the floodway and the 100-year floodplain for Little Crabtree Creek using traditional trenching and bore-and-jack methods. This project is intended to provide access to a sewer system for Yancey County residents who are experiencing problems with their existing septic systems and other residents along the sewer system. The project will be funded by an Appalachian Regional Commission grant in the amount of $300,000 and a Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan in the amount of $565,835. The project will temporarily impact approximately 2.3 acres within the floodway and 100-year floodplain during construction. There are no wetland impacts for the current project limits but the project will result in 90 linear feet of temporary stream impacts, which have been authorized by the issuance of NWP 12 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The proposed project begins at the intersection of 19E and Motorsports Lane and continues west before turning onto Burnsville School Road. It then follows Burnsville School Road west to reconnect with Highway 19E, and then follows Highway 19E west for approximately 0.4 miles. The project is located east of Burnsville in Yancey County.
A full project description can be reviewed on the Yancey County website at Yanceycountync.gov or by requesting a copy by contacting Emily Murawski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 828-255-0313.
There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains or wetlands and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains or wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.
Written comments must be received by Yancey County at the following address on or before
May 23, 2020: 

Yancey County, 110 Town Square, Burnsville NC 28714 and 828-682-3971,
Attention: Lynn Austin, County Manager, during the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Comments may also be submitted via email to Lynn Austin at

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Read the complete project description by cliking the link below:

East Yancey County Phase 2 Sewer Improvements

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