AF Academy invites public comment on proposed Kettle Dry Creek Dam project

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force Academy invites the public to comment on an environmental assessment civil engineers at the base are developing for its proposal to repair the Kettle Creek Dry Dam on the south side of the base.

The notice from the 10th Civil Engineering Squadron, released Jan. 5, reads as follows:

EARLY NOTICE OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY WITH THE POTENTIAL TO IMPACT WETLANDS AND FLOODPLAINS

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY,

 EL PASO COUNTY, COLORADO

“The United States (U.S.) Air Force is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with the repair of Kettle Creek Dry Dam at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in El Paso County, Colorado to meet Colorado Department of Water Resources (DWR) dam safety regulations (Proposed Action). The purpose of this Proposed Action is to reduce the risk to life along the Interstate 25 corridor caused by the existing high hazard dam, bring the dam into compliance with DWR’s dam safety regulations, restore the Kettle Creek riparian habitat, and improve maintenance infrastructure (i.e., the Kettle Lakes diversion structure) in support of the dam and Kettle Lakes. The Proposed Action is needed because the Kettle Creek Dry Dam currently does not comply with applicable state regulations. Failure to repair the dam means Kettle Creek Dry Dam would remain a high hazard dam and would continue to violate the DWR regulations; loss of life could potentially occur if the dam were to fail.

“The dam repair project is subject to requirements and objectives of Executive Orders (EOs) 11990, Protection of Wetlands and 11988, Floodplain Management, as the project site is located within a floodplain and contains wetlands. The area to be temporarily disturbed during construction and restoration activities would be less than 0.01 acre of wetlands and 6.70 acres of 100-year floodplain. The Proposed Action would not contribute to any measureable loss with regard to flood control capacity, and would include new wetland creation.

“The Proposed Action will be analyzed in the forthcoming EA and the public will have the opportunity to comment on the draft EA when it is released. The draft EA will be available for public review at: https://www.usafa.af.mil/Units/10th-Air-Base-Wing/.

“This notice complies with Section 2(a)(4) of EO 11988 and Section 2(b) of EO 11990. The Air Force requests advance public comment to determine if there are any public concerns regarding the project’s potential impacts on wetlands and floodplains. The public comment period is 5 January to 7 February 2022. Please submit comments or requests for more information to 10ces.cenpp.planning_programming@us.af.mil or by mail to Environmental Flight Element, 8120 Edgerton Drive, USAFA, CO 80840.”