The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District (Corps) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to assess the impacts of continued Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the Middlesboro Local Flood Protection Project, Bell County, Kentucky.
The purpose of the proposed action is to address activities needed to restore and maintain capacity of the Yellow Creek Bypass Channel to convey flood flows. A previous Notice Of Availability for reviewing the draft EA and unsigned FONSI was sent on 6 March 2020. Since that time, the project received additional funding which expanded proposed work areas and volume of excavation. The 3.9 mile diversion channel extends around the city of Middlesboro from Bennetts Fork to Yellow Creek.