Environmental Assessment - Carroll County Regional Airport, Westminster, MD
Delta recently worked with Carroll County, Maryland to complete an Environmental Assessment at the Carroll County Regional Airport for projects proposed in the 2007 Master Plan Update. The primary focus of the airport development plan is the construction of a new, longer runway to meet the demands of the community’s growing corporate travel market.
This Environmental Assessment presented four alternatives, including a no action and three build alternatives as presented in the Master Plan. The preferred alternative included the construction of a replacement 6,400 foot runway approximately 250 feet west of the existing. Additional projects analyzed in the Environmental Assessment included property interest acquisition (easement and fee simple); obstruction removal (on and off airport property); roadway realignment and closure; construction of conventional hangars and T-Hangars; and relocation of the existing fuel farm.
Field surveys were conducted to determine the presence of endangered and threatened species, wetlands, and historic architectural and archaeological resources. As Carroll County is a non-attainment area for particulate matter (PM 2.5), an extensive air quality analysis was conducted. A Forest Conservation Plan is underway to meet state and county regulations. Permitting for wetland and stream impacts was initiated and coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Maryland Department of the Environment. Public open house events were held to allow the public to interact directly with airport management and consultant representatives, as well as involved federal and state agencies. The FAA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in April 2009.