Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement

Affiliation(s) PI Project period Funded by
DEES Beck, Colleen M 12/01/2012 - 11/30/2013 Power Engineers, Inc

Project Description

WHEREAS, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to evaluate the effect of undertakings on historic properties in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office. The Valley Electric Association, Inc. is proposing to construct a new power transmission line from the Innovation Substation on land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the Mercury Switching Center on the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The NNSS is under the jurisdiction of the National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office (NNSA/NSO). The proposed line is approximately 5.8 miles in length. The areas to be surveyed for cultural resources are a 300 foot wide corridor along the proposed line and a 300 foot area around the perimeter of the two existing substations. This survey area is the area of potential effect and will encompass the areas proposed for access and construction of the transmission line. The Desert Research Institute has Archeological Resources Protection Act permits with the BLM and the NNSA/NSO. DRI will conduct the work in three phases. The first task will be the examination of cultural resources and historic data for the general and specific project area. These data will be used to develop a research design that meets Federal and State of Nevada standards. The research design will be submitted to the BLM for review and approval prior to fieldwork on BLM land. The second task is the cultural resources fieldwork for the transmission line. DRI will conduct a cultural resources survey of a 300 foot corridor along the proposed 5.8 mile transmission line to identify and record all cultural resources. Following the fieldwork, DRI will prepare the cultural resources inventory report in accordance with BLM and State guidelines. DRI will evaluate all cultural resources for eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places and assess project effects, process cultural resources information through existing databases for IMACS site forms and GIS, and prepare one cultural resources report for the cultural resources inventory of the proposed transmission line.