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Project Update – April 20, 2016

Where we are now:

By letter dated April 15, 2016, Hall County requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers temporarily withdraw its Department of the Army permit application (SAS-2007-00388). Hall County stated that the reason for the temporary withdrawal is to provide the county with time to gather additional information to supplement its application and to further respond to recent population and demand projection information provided by the Georgia Office of Planning and Budget and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Hall County also stated that the request is for a temporary withdrawal of the consideration of the current 404 permit application, as Hall County fully intends to continue to pursue its 404 permit with all deliberate speed and diligence, once additional information is available.

The Corps responded by letter dated April 18, 2016, with an acknowledgement that the application is temporarily withdrawn. The Corps stated that, “[w]hen Hall County submits information necessary to complete evaluation of this proposed project, the Corps will resume application processing and EIS preparation.”

These letters can be downloaded here:

Past Updates

December 14, 2015: An Open House and Public Hearing was held on December 8, 2015. For more information, please visit the Public Hearing page.

November 19, 2015: The comment period for the Glades Reservoir Draft EIS has been extended to February 15, 2016. Please visit the News Releases page to view the Public Notice issued by the Corps.

October 30, 2015: The Draft EIS has been released for public comment. The Draft EIS was published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on October 30, 2015. The Draft EIS documents have been posted to the project website and can be downloaded from the EIS Documents page. Additionally, the Notice of Availability is posted to the EIS Documents page and the Public Notice from the Corps has been added to the News Releases page.

The public commenting period is open for 60 days and will end on December 29, 2015. Please visit the Submit Comments page to submit public comments online, or to read about other methods that the public may use to submit comments on the Glades Reservoir Draft EIS. A public meeting will held on December 8, 2015. More information about the public meeting can be found on the Open House and Public Hearing page.

October 6, 2015: Posted revised project schedule.

February 16, 2015: Posted revised project schedule.

July 25, 2014: Posted revised project schedule.

December 30, 2013: Posted revised project schedule.

October 31, 2012: The Scoping Report for the Glades Reservoir EIS project has been posted and can be viewed here .

Hall County provided additional clarification for their current preferred project in a letter to the Corps dated October 19, 2012. Click here to view the letter.

August 23, 2012: On June 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court denied to hear the appeal of the 11th Circuit Court’s decision, which held that municipal water supply is an authorized purpose of Lake Lanier. The Corps Office of the Chief Counsel issued a legal opinion stating that the Corps has the legal authority to operate Lake Lanier to accommodate Georgia’s water supply request.

In response to these major developments, Hall County requested the Corps to evaluate an alternative that includes the proposed Glades Reservoir without the pipelines to the Cedar Creek Reservoir. In a letter to the Corps Savannah District on August 10, 2012, Hall County stated that it “will no longer need to pipe water from the Chattahoochee and Glades to the Cedar Creek Reservoir” and is considering applying for a storage contract from the Corps to allow water from the proposed Glades Reservoir to be withdrawn through Lake Lanier at the City of Gainesville’s water intakes. A second letter, dated August 23, 2012, was sent to the Corps by Hall County offering further clarification on the proposed alternative.

To receive an email notification when updates are posted to the project website, please join the Glades Reservoir EIS mailing list.

Useful Links:
Clarification from Hall County Regarding Current Preferred Alternative (August 23, 2012)
Hall County’s Letter to the Corps (August 10, 2012)
Corps Press Release (June 25, 2012)
Corps Legal Opinion (June 25, 2012)

May 31, 2012 Update: During the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) scoping, comments were accepted during scoping meetings, online at the Glades Reservoir EIS website, and by mail. The deadline for submitting EIS scoping comments was April 17, 2012, and the Glades EIS website was closed for accepting comments.

The comments received during the scoping period are being used by the Corps to prepare a scoping report, which will be considered in development of the draft EIS.

The public will be provided another opportunity to comment on the proposed Glades Reservoir Project when the draft EIS is published in the Federal Register. The draft EIS is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register during late 2012 or early 2013. The Corps will also issue a Public Notice during late 2012 or early 2013 to solicit comments from the public on the application that Hall County submitted for a Department of the Army Section 404 Permit.

If you would like to submit comments on the proposed Glades Reservoir Project, please mail them to: Regulatory Division, Savannah District, US Army Corps of Engineers, 100 West Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31401. The Glades EIS website portal for submitting comments on the proposed Glades Reservoir Project will only be open during formally designated comment periods.

Status Updates
February 2012 The Corps published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register, Volume 77, Number 33, pages 9634-9635, on February 17, 2012, to prepare an EIS for the proposed Glades Reservoir Project in Hall County, Georgia. The NOI was immediately followed by a 60-day public comment period that extended from February 17 until April 17, 2012.
March 2012 Three public scoping meetings were held by the Corps to solicit comments from the public.
April 2012 Scoping comment period ended on April 17, 2012.
May 2012 Scoping comments were posted to the project website.
June 2012 Jurisdictional Determination Documents were posted to the project website.
August 2012 Hall County submitted a letter to the Corps Savannah District requesting the Corps to evaluate an alternative that includes the proposed Glades Reservoir without the pipelines to the Cedar Creek Reservoir.
October 2012 Final Scoping Report posted to project website.
December 2013 Posted revised schedule.
July 2014 Posted revised schedule.
February 2015 Posted revised schedule.
October 2015 Posted revised schedule.
October 2015 Posted Draft EIS and Public Hearing information to project website.
November 2015 Comment period extended to February 15, 2016.
December 2015 Open House and Public Hearing held on December 8, 2015.
April 2016 By letter dated April 15, 2016, Hall County requested that its 404 permit application for the proposed Glades Reservoir be temporarily withdrawn. The Corps acknowledged the temporary withdrawal of the application on April 18, 2016.