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Posted on: April 28, 2021

Submit public comment on proposed action to elevate portions of Jeffrey’s Neck Rd & Island Park Rd

PUBLIC NOTICE

Pursuant to Executive Orders 11988 (Floodplain Management) and 11990 (Protection of Wetlands), the National Historic Preservation Act, and Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) implementing regulations at Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 9, FEMA hereby provides initial notice of its intent to provide Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding for an action located in a floodplain and near wetlands. Funding would be provided through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to the Town of Ipswich for the Jeffreys Neck Road Elevation Project. 

The proposed action is to elevate portions of Jeffrey’s Neck Road and Island Park Road to at least 9.0 feet above sea level, install guardrails, and install a combination of hardened and bioengineered shoreline for stabilization. The work would address road closures due to flooding.

The project is within a mapped special flood hazard area (100-year floodplain) and near estuarine and marine wetlands (saltmarsh). A map of the area is available upon request. 

FEMA intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed action. The EA will evaluate the proposed action and alternatives for potential effects to historic, cultural and archeological resources, low-income and minority populations, floodplains, wetlands, and threatened and endangered species. Once completed, the draft EA will be available for public review and comment. 

Map requests and comments about this project and potential floodplain and wetland impacts are encouraged to be submitted within 15 days of the date of this publication to: 

Karen Vale, Environmental Protection Specialist

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Boston, MA

karen.valevasilev@fema.dhs.gov; (202) 699-0650

and

Eric Kuns, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Boston, MA

eric.kuns@fema.dhs.gov; (202) 805-9089

 

 

 

 

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