Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency
Agreement/Concurrence Under the Texas Coastal Management Program
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 August 20, 2012, through August 30, 2012. 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 September 12, 2012. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2012.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Brazoria County
Location: The project site is located in wetlands adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico, Swan Lake, Drum Bay, and Christmas Bay primarily within the existing right-of-way of County Road 257 (Blue Water Highway). The northeast end of the project is located just south of the San Luis Pass toll bridge and extends approximately 10.5 miles southwest of the toll bridge in Brazoria County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle maps titled: Christmas Point and Freeport, Texas. NAD 83, Latitude: 29.012381 North; Longitude: -95.209469 West.
Project Description: The applicant is requesting after-the-fact authorization for the discharge of fill material into wetlands adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico, Swan Lake, Drum Bay, and Christmas Bay as part of the Blue Water Highway road revetment installation project. The proposed project consists of placing cement-stabilized base along the edge of the existing roadway and installation of a buried riprap revetment system along portions of the roadway. The revetment system has been installed below the existing grade. In order to install the revetment below grade, material has been excavated and temporarily placed in adjacent wetlands. Once the revetment was installed, the material was removed from the wetlands and replaced over the installed revetment, restoring the pre-construction contours of the adjacent wetlands. The proposed project also consists of the placement of fill material into an adjacent wetland for a temporary construction yard/office area. The proposed project has impacted approximately 5.01 acres of adjacent wetlands. Of the 5.01 acres of wetlands already impacted, 3.04 acres has been returned to pre-construction contours and the fill material was in place for approximately three to six months. The remaining 1.97 acres of wetlands already impacted is for the construction yard/office area. This area has been impacted for approximately seven months and is proposed to be restored in approximately two months, at the completion of the project.
CMP Project No.: 12-0841-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2008-01274 is being evaluated under §404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. §1344).
Note: The consistency review for this project will be conducted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality under §401 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. §1344).
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. Kate Zultner, Consistency Review Specialist, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Comments should be sent to Ms. Zultner at the above address or by email.