Texas Historical Commission
This report presents the substantive findings of a cultural resources survey for the Granbury East Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Project, which is a component to the Wastewater Phase I Improvements Project reviewed by the Texas Water Development Board [TWDB] under Project No. 73813. The proposed Granbury East WWTP is located within a 10.6-acre (ac) property located at 3121 Old Granbury Road in the City of Granbury, Hood County, Texas.
As the City of Granbury is a political entity of the State of Texas, the City is required to comply with the Antiquities Code of Texas (ACT). In addition, as the project will require federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency through the TWDB Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) the project must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
The goal of the survey was to locate, identify, and document any cultural resources, which include architectural features and archeological sites, and to evaluate such resources for their potential eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The cultural resources survey was conducted by Project Archeologist Thomas Chapman on 30 April 2020 within an approximate 10.6-ac project area or Area of Potential Effects (APE). All work conformed to 13 Texas Administrative Code 26 (13 TAC 26), which outlines the regulations for implementing the ACT, and was conducted under Antiquities Permit No. 9401. During the survey, the site boundaries for one previously recorded archeological site (41HD96), were expanded to include a portion of the current APE. Based on the lack of association with historically important individuals or events, absence of significant architectural features, and the limited archeological data potential of the site, it is the recommendation of IES that 41HD96 be considered not eligible for listing in the NRHP or designation as a SAL.
Based on the findings of this cultural resources survey, IES is requesting concurrence for the APE and a “no historic properties affected” determination per 36 Code of Federal Regulations 800.4(d)(1). It is the recommendation of IES that the Texas Historical Commission (THC) concur with these findings and the Granbury East WWTP (TWDB Project No. 73813) be permitted to continue without the need for further cultural resources investigations. However, if any cultural resources (other than those documented within this report) are encountered during construction, the operators should immediately cease work in the area of the inadvertent discovery. The project cultural resources consultant should then be contacted to initiate further consultation with the THC prior to resuming construction activities. All project records generated by this project will be permanently stored at the IES office in McKinney, Texas.
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