Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a Wetland and Watershed

Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a Wetland and Watershed

To:  All interested Agencies U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, State of Utah, and Salt Lake County, Groups, and Individuals

This is to give notice that under Part 58 has determined that the following proposed action under Community and Development Block Grant Program and HCD22112CH is located in the 100-year floodplain and wetland, and Salt Lake County will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action in the floodplain and wetland and the potential impacts on the floodplain and wetland from the proposed action, 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 and Protection of Wetlands.  Currently, Millcreek (population 63,000) is the largest city on the Jordan River for which there is no extension of the Jordan River Parkway. Extending the Parkway onto the east bank of the river in this area will not only increase access but will provide a very functional one-mile loop that is anticipated to be extremely popular. The proposed trail extension and bridge are located in West Millcreek near the Sunnyvale neighborhood, this trail is within walking distance of over 2,500 people. This community is Millcreek’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood, home to refugees, working families, and people of color. This segment is also a half-mile upstream from The Road Home’s Men’s Resource Center and Tracy Aviary, guaranteeing tremendous use by youth, minorities, and lower-income individuals and 

families. The site is approximately .43 acres. This project will have minimal impact on the floodplain or wetland. The proposed project is located at 761 West 4060 South, Millcreek, Utah 84123.

There are three primary purposes for this notice.  First, people who may be affected by activities in 49035C0291G and Rp1SS6 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.  Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain and wetland, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts.  Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains and wetlands can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts 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 and wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received by Salt Lake County at the following address on or before October 2, 2022: Salt Lake County, 2001 South State Street, S2-100, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114 and 385-468-4871, Attention:  Jennifer Wilson or designee, Salt Lake County Mayor.  A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the same address as above. Comments may also be submitted via email at jjimenez@slco.org.

Date: September 16, 2022