Public Notices

Notice of Availability for Environmental Assessment and Signed Finding of No Significant Impact ; Lake Cumberland Marina; Russell County, Kentucky

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District
Published June 9, 2020

On July 24, 2019, J.D. Hamilton, owner of Lake Cumberland Marina (LCM), submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to expand the existing LCM lease to the boundary of the public park and recreation lease at Russell County Park (RCP).  The expansion was requested to facilitate construction of 227 parallel boat slips and 26 floating cabins on Wolf Creek and a 530' x 16' courtesy dock within RCP, which would connect the slips to the RCP parking lot.  On April 13, 2020, USACE advertised a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) document to the public for a 30 day comment period.  The Draft EA considered the applicant's proposal (Alternative 2) against the "no action" alternative (Alternative 1), under which no lease expansion or addition of boat slips would occur.   USACE also considered a third alternative, involving expansion of the LCM lease area southward at the downstream end of the current lease boundary to accommodate construction of approximately 227 parallel boat slips west of the existing dock infrastructure and a courtesy float potentially added at multiple locations along the shoreline. After considering public and agency comments, USACE determined in the Final EA that issuing the respective approvals and allowing an expansion of Lake Cumberland Marina to be constructed under either Alternative 2 or Alternative 3 would not cause significant adverse effects on the quality of the human environment.   Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement is therefore not required and a FONSI document was signed by LTC Sonny Avichal on June 3, 2020.  USACE Real Estate Division approved the applicant's lease expansion proposal (Alternative 2) on June 9, 2020.