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An Intensive Pedestrian Survey For A 143-Acre Development And Outfall Project Near Pederson Road And Williow Fork In Waller And Fort Bend Counties, Texas
Texas Historical Commission
HRA Gray & Pape, LLC., of Houston, Texas, conducted an intensive pedestrian cultural resources survey of approximately 58 hectares (143 acres) of property proposed for development as well as 2 outfalls in Waller and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. The United States Army Corps of Engineers has been identified as the Lead Agency for this Project.
The goals of the survey were to determine if the Project would affect any previously identified archaeological sites as defined by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (36 CFR 800), and to establish whether or not previously unidentified buried archaeological resources were located within the Project’s Area of Potential Effects. The procedures to be followed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to fulfill the requirements set forth in the National Historic Preservation Act, other applicable historic preservation laws, and Presidential directives as they relate to the regulatory program of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (33 CFR Parts 320-334) are articulated in the Regulatory Program of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Part 325 - Processing of Department of the Army Permits, Appendix C - Procedures for the Protection of Historic Properties. All fieldwork and reporting activities were completed with reference to state (the Antiquities Code of Texas) and federal (National Historic Preservation Act) guidelines. Survey and site identification followed Texas Antiquities Code standards. The Project area includes private property; therefore, a Texas Antiquities Permit was not required.
The property boundary for this Project is approximately 58 hectares (143 acres) and includes 2 outfalls. This defines the Area of Potential Effects. Field investigation consisted of visual inspection, subsurface shovel testing and supplemental deep testing. Subsurface investigation resulted in the excavation of 130 shovel tests and 9 manual bucket auger tests. All were negative for archaeological deposits and no intact structures of historic-age were observed within or immediately adjacent to the Area of Potential Effects. Based on the negative results of the archaeological investigation, HRA Gray & Pape, LLC. recommends no further archaeological work for this Project.
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