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Archeological Trenching For The Proposed Big Fossil Creek Parallel Relief Sanitary Sewer Phase 1 And Haltom City Meter Station And Sewer Outfall Phase 3, Tarrant County, Texas
Texas Historical Commission
On February 19-20, 2015, archeological trenching and reconnaissance survey was completed in order to evaluate potential archeological impacts associated with the proposed construction of the Big Fossil parallel relief sewer line and the Haltom City sewer meter station and outfall in central Tarrant County, Texas. Melissa M. Green (Principal Investigator) of Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting, Inc. (CMEC) carried out the survey for City of Fort Worth, a subentity of the State of Texas, under Texas Antiquities Permit 7172 as required under the Antiquities Code of Texas (9 TNRC 191). Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), as amended (16 USC 470; 36 CFR 800) also applied as a Nationwide 12 Permit will be obtained from the Fort Worth District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
Four trenches were excavated in undisturbed soils on either side of Big Fossil Creek in search of paleosols that might contain archeological deposits; none were identified. The remaining portions of the proposed sewer lines were subjected to reconnaissance survey as extensive disturbances and use of fill was apparent, including a long-closed Fort Worth landfill mound that the pipelines follow along its north and east boundaries.
All materials (notes, photographs, administrative documents, and other project data) generated from this work will be housed at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) at the University of Texas at Austin where they will be made permanently available to future researchers as per 13 TAC 26.16-17.
If any unanticipated cultural materials or deposits are found at any stage of clearing, preparation, or construction, the work should cease in that area and THC personnel should be notified immediately. During evaluation of the finds and coordination with the THC, clearing, preparation, and/or construction could continue in any other areas along the corridor where no such deposits or materials are observed.
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) concurred with the findings and recommendations in this report on April 16, 2015.
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