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Title: Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment : Salud Creek at San Germán, Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) Section 14 Project
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Keywords: Soil erosion
Stream restoration
Environmental management
Puerto Rico
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Abstract: This report is in response to a request from the Municipality of San Germán, that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) provide assistance in addressing streambank erosion within the Portal de San Germán community in the Municipality of San Germán, Puerto Rico. The authority for this project is Section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946, as amended (33 U.S.C. §701r) to prevent damage to public works and other nonprofit public services. The potential project site includes a row of public housing units, a pedestrian bridge, a vehicular bridge, a double barrel culvert and two single culverts adjacent to a parallel running creek. Bank erosion extends from the creek to within six to eight feet of the housing units in the upper portion (east side) of the impacted area and to within two feet of the housing units in the lower portion (west side). The purpose of this study is to determine if constructing emergency streambank protection to prevent bank erosion from damaging the housing development and the adjacent structures at Salud Creek, San Germán is feasible and economically justified. The study area, see Figure ES-1, includes Portal de San Germán, a 56unit residential development that provides housing assistance for low income families pursuant to Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. §1437f). Construction was completed in 2014 and sponsored by the Municipality of San Germán. Salud Creek runs through the middle of the Portal de San German. The channel through the residential development in the study area has an approximate length of 1,060 feet, including approximately 940 linear feet of impacted channel embankment. Bank erosion at Salud Creek is threatening the structural integrity of the housing units and adjacent structures, increasing the existing risk of losing the housing structure, if not human life, during a major storm event. There is an opportunity to protect the structures within Portal de San Germán. Furthermore, there is an opportunity to provide a safer living environment for residents within the development. There were over 7,000 families throughout Puerto Rico awaiting rental assistance to live in low-income housing similar to Portal de San Germán when construction was completed in 2014, and families currently residing in this development will not be able to afford rent or mortgages at the market rate. Protecting Salud Creek from further erosion will ensure the residents of Portal de San Germán are able to remain in safe, affordable housing.
Description: Feasibility Report / Environmental Assessment
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 543 pages / 106.5 Mb
Types of Materials: PDF/A
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