Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency – City of Corpus Christi

December 01, 2017

December 01, 2017 00:00AM

Coastal Coordination Advisory Committee



On January 10, 1997, the State of Texas received federal approval of the Coastal Management Program (CMP) (62 Federal Register pp. 1439 - 1440). Under federal law, federal agency activities and actions affecting the Texas coastal zone must be consistent with the CMP goals and policies identified in 31 TAC Chapter 501. Requests for federal consistency review were deemed administratively complete for the following project(s) during the period of November 6, 2017 to November 22, 2017.  As required by federal law, the public is given an opportunity to comment on the consistency of proposed activities in the coastal zone undertaken or authorized by federal agencies.  Pursuant to 31 TAC §§506.25, 506.32, and 506.41, the public comment period extends 30 days from the date published on the Texas General Land Office web site. The notice was published on the web site on Friday, December 1, 2017.  The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:

 

Applicant: City of Corpus Christi

Location:  The project is located on Packery Channel from the Gulf end of the jetties to the Gulf

Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf beach between Packery Channel and Viento Del Mar.

LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83): 27.61377, -97.19818 (east dredging terminus); 27.63557, -97.23864 (west dredging terminus); 27.60066, -97.21026 (placement area)

Project Description: This Public Notice is for a re-issuance of an existing permit originally issued on July 19, 2011. The applicant proposes a 10-year maintenance dredging plan of approximately 18,500 linear feet (3.5 miles) of the Packery Channel. The dredging would be to a depth of -14 feet NAVD 88 (-13.5 feet MLLW) plus 2 feet allowable over depth within the outer reach of the 122-foot-wide channel section, and -7 feet NAVD 88 (-7.2 feet MLLW) plus 1 foot allowable over depth within the outer reach of the 80-foot-wide channel section. No changes from the original Federal project dimensions are proposed. Maintenance dredging would be conducted using hydraulic and/or mechanical methods from barges, and approximately 400,000 cubic yards of material will be dredged. Suitable beach-quality sand from the dredging activities will be placed along the Gulf beach between Packery Channel and Viento Del Mar, approximately 7,600 feet in length and a total of 90 acres. Nourishment of the beach would measure approximately 300 feet wide seaward of the existing seawall. If a cutterhead dredge is used, the dredge material will be transported to the Gulf beach through a temporary pipeline. If mechanical dredging is used, material will be placed in scows (barge vessels) and then the scows will be anchored offshore of the Gulf beach in deep water. The location of the scows offshore of the Gulf beach is unknown at this time. The material will then be transported from the scows onto the beach using a temporary pump-out station and pipeline.

Type of Application: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit application #SWG-2011-00159. This application will be reviewed pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Note: The consistency review for this project may be conducted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as part of its certification under §401 of the Clean Water Act.

CMP Project No: 18-1082-F1

Pursuant to §306(d)(14) of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C.A. §§1451-1464), as amended, interested parties are invited to submit comments on whether a proposed action or activity is or is not consistent with the Texas Coastal Management Program goals and policies and whether the action should be referred to the Land Commissioner for review.

Further information on the applications listed above, including a copy of the consistency certifications or consistency determinations for inspection, may be obtained from Ms. Allison Buchtien, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at federal.consistency@glo.texas.gov.  Comments should be sent to Ms. Buchtien at the above address or by email.


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