For any work below the ordinary high water of a stream containing fish, a Title 16 permit is required. Measures to maintain fish passage within these waters would be required, as well as measures to avoid and minimize impacts to fish and their habitats.
US Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Permit Received on July 9, 2018:
A Section 404/10 permit is required for the placement of fill within jurisdictional wetlands and waters of the U.S.
FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) Received January 19th, 2018.
NEPA and the Project
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) establishes the broad national framework for protecting the environment. NEPA's basic policy is to assure that proper consideration is given to the environment prior to undertaking any major federal action that may significantly affect the environment.
The purpose of an EA is to determine if a proposed action, or its alternatives, have potentially significant environmental effects. The EA provides a detailed analysis of the project, project alternatives, and it often identifies ways that the lead agency can modify their proposed project, to minimize environmental effects. The lead federal agency for the Kivalina Evacuation and School Access Road project is the Alaska Department of Transportation.