Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency – Texas Department of Transportation – Houston District

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: Texas Department of Transportation- Houston District

Location:  The project site is located on the Galveston Channel, at the eastern tip of Galveston Island, end of State Highway 87, in Galveston, Galveston County, Texas.

LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83): 29.328963 -94773504

Project Description: The applicant proposes to conduct the following improvements within the existing Galveston Ferry Terminal: (1) Remove 5 floating work docks and 35 piles from the existing facility; (2) Installation within these removal areas of 20 berthing monopoles equipped with donut fenders; and (3) Installation of a new 485-linear-foot new combination wall along the north side of the ferry landing.

The combination wall would be constructed of sheet pile and 48-inch outside diameter pipe pilings. The combination wall pipe pilings would be filled with sand, steel reinforcing bar, and concrete.

Type of Application: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit application #SWG-2016-00999. 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).

CMP Project No: 18-1066-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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