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

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: Port of Corpus Christi Authority

Location:  The project site is located on an approximate 49-acre tract (22 acres of land and 27 acres of open-water) along the Tule Lake Channel within the Port of Corpus Christi Inner Harbor at 4725 Joe Fulton International Trade Corridor, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas.

LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83): 27.821818, -97.450868

Project Description: The applicant proposes to construct and operate the proposed Public Oil Docks 20, 21, and 22 Project. The project consists of construction of a 40-foot by 40-foot barge dock, three new barge breasting dolphins, approximately 4,155 feet of steel sheet pile bulkhead, approximately 2,924 feet of elevated concrete wharf platform consisting of mooring bollards and dock fenders, and related infrastructure.  The project would result in the removal and relocation of    approximately 2.9 million cubic yards of material. Approximately 800,000 cubic yards of material located above the mean lower low water (MLLW) would be excavated to provide the area necessary to safely maneuver and berth incoming and outgoing vessels. Approximately 2.1 million cubic yards of material located below the MLLW would be dredged within an approximate 37-acre dredge footprint to obtain depths of -54 feet MLLW, plus a 4-foot advanced maintenance, and up to 2-foot allowable overdredge along the elevated concrete wharf platform, and depths of -16 feet MLLW, plus up to a 2-foot allowable overdredge adjacent to the proposed barge dock. Dredging would be accomplished by mechanical and hydraulic methods. Dredged and excavated material would be placed onsite and/or within existing upland confined dredged material placement areas (DMPA). Following dredging operations, approximately 15,000 cubic yards of slope stabilization material consisting of either rock riprap or articulated concrete block mats would be placed along the proposed bulkhead from -2 feet MLLW to -16 feet MLLW along the 3:1 dredge slope and will cover approximately 3.62 acres. The construction of the proposed project would result in unavoidable impacts to approximately 12.36 acres of waters of the U.S. (WOUS) consisting of 3.73 acres of E2EM wetlands, 2.13 acres of E2SS3 wetlands, 1.47 acres of E1UB pond, 4.16 acres of E2US area, 0.69 acre of open-water, and 0.18 acre of drainage ditch. Of that, 7.33 acres of unavoidable impacts to WOUS would result in the features conversion to open- water. A 10-year maintenance dredging program is also proposed for the area to be dredged. The purpose of the proposed project is to provide the necessary dock and berthing facilities to support vessel engagement with the loading, unloading, transportation, importing, and exporting of petroleum and other bulk products via waterborne commerce. Construction of the proposed project would provide the facilities necessary to integrate existing barge, rail, pipeline, and storage infrastructure to maximize product handling efficiencies

Type of Application: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit application #SWG-2015-00404. 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: 18-1081-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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