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Lake Ashtabula / Homme Reservoir Master Plans

Baldhill Dam and Lake AshtabulaThe St. Paul District is drafting a strategic land use document that will guide the district’s operations for Lake Ashtabula, near Valley City, North Dakota; and Homme Reservoir, near Grafton, North Dakota, in the years to come. The master plan, while conceptual in nature, will serve as the vision for both environmental stewardship and recreation as the Corps continues to serve the public in the 21st Century.

The plan provides guidance and facilitates the management of resources located within the Lake Ashtabula and Homme Reservoir project lands. To ensure consideration of natural and cultural resources, the St. Paul District is drafting an environmental assessment to identify and evaluate potentially significant impacts as a result of the master plan.

Homme ReservoirThe Lake Ashtabula Master Plan was created in 1953 and last updated in 2006. The Homme Reservoir Master Plan was created in 1952. The plans focus on what could and should happen over the life of the projects, but are flexible enough to adapt to unforeseen or changing conditions. The plans also include all lands (fees, easements or other interests) acquired for the project to support operations and authorized missions. This plan will also guide and articulate the Corps’ responsibilities pursuant to applicable federal laws, policies and regulations.

Developed by a Corps interdisciplinary team, the plan includes coordination with local, state and federal agencies and tribal representatives, along with input from the special interest groups and members of the public.

Photos: Baldhill Dam/Lake Ashtabula (top), Homme Lake (bottom)


The primary goals of the plan include:

• Establishing an overall land use management plan;
• Identifying resource objectives; and
• Identifying associated design and management concepts.

 By definition, Corps master plans for reservoirs, land and recreational use do not address:

• Technical aspects of water level management;
• Regional water quality;
• Shoreline management; or
• Operation and maintenance of project facilities.


 

Public Notice: Lake Ashtabula, Homme Reservoir master plan draft environmental assessment

Published July 29, 2020
Expiration date: 8/28/2020

Summary of the Proposed Project. The Lake Ashtabula Baldhill Dam Project and Homme Dam and Reservoir Project Master Plan is a strategic land-use document that will serve as a vital tool for the responsible stewardship of resources to benefit present and future generations. This plan provides guidance and facilitates appropriate management, use, development, enhancement, protection, and conservation of the natural, cultural, and man-made resources located at both the Lake Ashtabula Baldhill Dam and Homme Dam and Reservoir Projects. This document will guide and articulate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ responsibilities pursuant to applicable federal laws, policies, and regulations. The Master Plan is a dynamic, operational document projecting what could and should happen over the life of the project and is flexible based upon changing conditions. The Master Plan deals with concepts, rather than details of design or administration. Detailed management and administrative Regional Planning and Environment Division North functions are addressed in each section’s operational management plan, which implements the concepts of the Master Plan into operational actions.

The Master Plan is being developed by an interdisciplinary Corps’ team and considers coordination with local, state, federal agencies and tribal representatives. By definition, Master Plans for Corps reservoirs are land and recreational use management plans that do not address the technical aspects of water level management, water quality, shoreline management, or operation and maintenance of project operations facilities. To ensure consideration of natural and cultural resources, the Corps also prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify and evaluate potential impacts. The previous Lake Ashtabula Baldhill Dam Project Master Plan and Homme Dam Reservoir Project Master Plan, were last approved in 2006 and 1952, respectively. A supplement to the Homme Dam and Reservoir Project Master Plan was updated in 1970.

Coordination.

a. General. By way of this public review process, the proposed action is being coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the North Dakota Game and Fish, and other state and local agencies. Coordination occurred with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office for 16 tribes.
b.Federal. A Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact has been prepared and is being coordinated in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will occur by way of this review process.

Summary of Environmental Impacts. Use of the revised Master Plan would help define the approval process for future actions affecting project lands. For specific actions that areidentified in the Master Plan, the approval process would still require adequate NEPA consideration prior to initiating construction.
The implementation of the Master Plan would not result in any irreversible environmental conditions. The Master Plan is a land-use planning document intended to benefit productivity of land at Lake Ashtabula Baldhill Dam Project and Homme Dam and Reservoir Project in the long-term. While any future maintenance and construction activities may temporarily disrupt wildlife and human use in project areas, negative long-term impacts are expected to be minimal or non-existent on all ecosystems associated with the Master Plan.

Report. The draft report and environmental assessment that describes the project and the environmental impacts in detail is available to the public and can be viewed at: https://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/Public-Notices/.

Please see the attached complete public notice and draft report documents.


Contact

Lake Ashtabula Project Office
2630 114th Ave. SE
Valley City, ND 58072-9795
701-845-2970
Lake.Ashtabula@usace.army.mil

Previous Master Plans