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RTC submits Clean Water Act permit
by Tribune Staff
Feb 26, 2014 | 867 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Contributed photo -- Veterans Memorial Bridge spans across the Truckee River as part of Phase 1 of the SouthEast Connector project currently being conducted by the Regional Transportation Commission. The RTC submitted its response to the US Army Corps of Engineers for its Clean Water Act permit for Phase 2 of the project which will connect the bridge to South Meadows and Veterans parkways in south Reno.
Contributed photo -- Veterans Memorial Bridge spans across the Truckee River as part of Phase 1 of the SouthEast Connector project currently being conducted by the Regional Transportation Commission. The RTC submitted its response to the US Army Corps of Engineers for its Clean Water Act permit for Phase 2 of the project which will connect the bridge to South Meadows and Veterans parkways in south Reno.
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The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) submitted its response to public comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Friday for its permit application for Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The USACE has permit decision authority with regard to impacts to the Waters of the U.S. from construction of Phase 2 of the SouthEast Connector project (SEC).

RTC officials said earlier this month they expect a response from the USACE between 60 and 90 days after submission. Friday's response provides additional information requested from the USACE, addressing comments it received during the extended public comment period last fall.

“We recognize the work the Corps has before it and will continue to provide them the information they need for a complete and thorough analysis of our application," Lee Gibson, executive director of the RTC, said. "The RTC is committed to ensuring we are in compliance with the Clean Water Act and constructing a roadway which will bring benefit to commuters, the environment and our region.”

Construction of Phase 1 of the SEC, which begins at the intersection of Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street and extends over the Truckee River via Veterans Memorial Bridge just south of Clean Water Way, is nearly 80 percent complete. Phase 2 encompasses about four and a half miles of new roadway from Clean Water Way south to Veterans and South Meadows parkways, which will serve three lanes in each direction and have two new signal points at Mira Loma and Pembroke drives.

RTC officials said in early February that final design plans for Phase 2 are currently being processed and will be presented in a community meeting in late March before ultimately being submitted.

The RTC said in a release Tuesday the FInal Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the USACE 50-Year Flood Protection Project contains "outdated information." The information contained within the FEIS "does not include the work the USACE did in actually modeling the SEC in the USACE flood model."

"The results of the USACE flood modeling effort demonstrate that any rise attributed to the SEC was less than 2.5 inches and occurred along the south bank of the Truckee River on the eastern side of the UNR Main Station Farms, well away from any occupied structures or homes," the agency said. "The SEC actually reduced flood water elevations near structures and homes in the USACE’s flood model.

"It should also be noted that this flood modeling analysis was done in combination with the USACE 50-year Flood Protection Project. All local flood ordinances as they pertain to the SEC have been met and the SEC does not have any negative net impact to water surface elevations when compared to existing conditions."

Updates on the response of the USACE and the progress of the SEC can be found at www.southeastconnector.com and www.rtcwashoe.com.
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