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DR-4394-SC FEMA Hurricane Florence Conway WWTP, Hay & Sod Field Final Public Notice

May 22, 2019


Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through the South Carolina Emergency Management Department (SCEMD) as a sub-recipient.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Sub-Recipient: Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority

Project Title: Grand Strand Water & Sewer Facilities

Location of Proposed Work:




FIRM Panel

Hay and Sod Field Drainage Systems

8017 Treatment Plant Road

Conway, SC 29527

33.65062, -79.10979



Conway Wastewater Treatment Plant

2915 New Road

Conway, SC 29527

33.81804, -79.06738




A map showing the location of all properties is available by contacting (Tim Brown, (843) 443-8248, [email protected])

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is for the repair, reconstruction, and retrofit of facilities located in an AE flood zone. Confirmation of location inside of a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was made by referencing relevant panels in the latest Flood Insurance Rate Map (Panel numbers noted above.) The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of South Carolina and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work has the potential to affect and be affected by the location in an SFHA. Actions will be mitigated where deemed necessary to prevent similar damages from occurring in future events.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority is requesting funds to make repairs to their sewage treatment facilities as follows:

  • Hay and Sod Field Drainage Systems: Fields will be restored by leveling and reshaping land, reseeding hay and sod, replacing sod netting, applying sod treatment, and applying soil amendments.
  • Conway Wastewater Treatment Plant: Facility will be restored by replacing perimeter fence, interior non-bearing partitions and finishes, utility sheds, water heaters, electrical components, transformers, motors, and disc filters.  Repairs will be made to damaged UV disinfection system. Mitigation measures include installing flood barriers to exterior doors to minimize the impact of future flood events and increase the useful life of the structure.

The purpose of these repairs is to maintain the functionality of the Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority’s sewage system and to reduce the likelihood of future flood damage.

Project Alternatives: 

Alternative #1 (no action alternative): Taking no action to repair the facility was evaluated as an alternative. This alternative was deemed not practicable as the sewage system would be unable to operate effectively, creating a potential threat to public health, safety, and welfare.

Alternative #2: Relocating the facilities out of the floodplain was considered as an alternative. Relocating the facility would require altering a portion of the larger sewage system in such a way that would not be economically feasible. To move the sewage facilities would potentially require modifying public access to certain properties, and disproportionately affecting other property owners as land is seized for the new construction.

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer

FEMA Region 4

3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: [email protected]. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4394-SC-00372;00364 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due within 15 days of this notice.

POSTED ON: (May 22, 2019)

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