Texas Historical Commission
On February 3 of 2016, and on March 1 and 2 of 2017, archeologists from aci consulting conducted a pedestrian survey and backhoe trenching prior to construction of the eastern portion of the Bell County WCID No. 1 Treated Water Line (Phase II), in Bell County, Texas. The Area of Potential Effect (APE) for this investigation is the 50.5-acre (20.4-hectare) eastern portion of the treated water line, which is approximately 8.3 miles (13.4 kilometers) in length, with a 50-foot (15-meter) Right-of-Way (ROW). This investigation also includes the survey of a 1- acre raw water intake at Stillhouse Hollow Lake that was part of Phase I of the Bell County WCID No.1 project. The intake was relocated after the Phase I permit, No. 6874, was closed. Thus, the new location of the intake was added to this permit, No. 7259. The 51.5-acre (20.8-hectare) survey was conducted in accordance with Council of Texas Archeologists (CTA) and Texas Historical Commission (THC) and in compliance with Texas Administrative Code (13 TAC 26) under Permit No. 7259. Because the proposed pipeline crosses federal lands owned by USACE, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, also applies. Julie Shipp served as Principal Investigator. Records from this investigation will be curated at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL).
Two previously recorded sites on USACE property were revisited, sites 41BL1276 and 41BL1277, although only 41BL1276 was relocated within the APE. A new site, 41BL1398, was located on private property along a tributary to the Lampasas River. Site 41BL1276 is ineligible for the NRHP or as an SAL within the ROW, however the remainder of the site is undetermined eligibility. Site 41BL1277 appears to be outside of the ROW, will not be impacted, therefore remains of undetermined eligibility for the NRHP or as an SAL. Since the majority of site 41BL1398 appears to be out of the right of way, the far west portion of the site is ineligible for NRHP or SAL within the ROW. However, the remainder of the site is of undetermined eligibility. If the pipeline alignment is moved further east into 41BL1398, additional testing may be necessary.
Aside from trenching and site recording, no other subsurface investigation was conducted due to shallow soils, slopes, and disturbances from road, utility, and residential construction.
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