FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant application

To: All interested Federal and State Agencies, Local Groups and Individuals- Public Notice

Posted March 15, 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) have received an application for Federal grant funding from the Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority through the Hazard Mitigation Program (HGMP). Funding for this grant was made available after the 4346 Presidential declaration following Hurricane Irma. Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, flood plain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, and legal and safety considerations. Under executive order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990 FEMA is required to consider alternatives to, and to provide public notice of, any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains and wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority or low income populations.

Applicant: Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority

Project: Beaverdam Pump Station Emergency Pump Installation

Project location: 1109 Beaver Dam Street,
Edgefield, SC

Project Description: This proposed project will consist of raising the current equipment above the 500 year floodplain at its current location along with installing an on-site emergency bypass pump for continuous operations during severe weather and for protection from a system overflow.

Alternatives Considered: Alternatives for this project which have been considered and rejected:

1) No action- risk includes continued outages and potential overflow of this critical infrastructure.
2) Relocation of the pump station- this alternative would involve moving the lift station to higher ground which would be cost prohibitive.

Due to the excessive cost of relocating this facility the Authority is in the process of having the project engineered to mitigate to the 500-year floodplain for the safety and resiliency of the facility and the community. Additionally, this protective mitigation will encapsulate the wastewater opening located at this site to further protect the area streams and floodplain.

The Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority will be responsible for facilitating and monitoring the proposed project. Interested persons may review project files, including maps, or direct any comments or questions to Zeb Ryan, Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority, at 803-637-3011 (Ext 215) or written questions to These are due within 15 days of this notice.

Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100 Year Floodplain

*To request a map, email Zeb Ryan at