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Public Notice-Water System Improvements Section 106 Historic Property Review


The USDA Rural Utility Services program is providing the City of Rushmore grant and loan funding to make improvements to the city water system.  This public notice is issued as part of USDA's responsibilities under 36 C.F.R Part 800, the regulations which implement Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 470.

USDA, a funding agency, is required by regulation to identify and assess the effects of any proposed actions on historic properties.  If any proposed action will have an adverse effect of historic resources, USDA works with the appropriate parties to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects.  Additionally, the Section 106 regulations  require USDA to consider the views of the public on preservation issues when making final decisions that affect historic properties. 

The Rushmore Water System Improvements supported by USDA funding incluude:

1.  Removal of the existing 1954 elevated water tower and abandonment of the water treatment plant.

2.  Construction of a new elevated water tower at the location of the existing water tower of similar height.

3.  Construction of a water main to connect to the Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water Utility.

No historic properties are identified within the Ctiy of Rushmore in the State Historic Preservation Office archives.  Research is being completed to identify any potential historic structures within the Area of Potential Impact at this time.

As required by Section 106, USDA is providing the public with information about this project, as well as an oppotunity to comment on any knowledge of, or concerns with, historic properties in the proposed project area, and issues relating to the project's effects on historic properties.  Comments may be submitted to the historic consultant, Adsit Architecture Planning by e-mail to madsit@adsitap.com   The deadline for submitting comments is October 28, 2021.