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: Mr. Charles Doolin
Location: The project site is located in Offatts Bayou; south of the Gulf Freeway, in Galveston County, Texas. The site can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map titled: Christmas Point, Texas. NAD 83, Latitude: 29.28637 North; Longitude: -94.85442 West.
Project Description: The applicant is seeking after-the-fact authorization to maintain the removal and replacement of 5,060 square feet of riprap placed prior to authorization as part of the proposed armored face of the living shoreline. The applicant is also seeking to dredge approximately 10,000 cubic yards of sand by a barge-mounted dragline to lower the marina turning basin from depths currently averaging 5 feet to a depth of 9 feet below mean high tide. Approximately 1,452 cubic yards of sand will be mixed with gravel and used to nourish the existing beach at the site and to create a 5,500-square-foot beach to facilitate launching of sailboats. The remainder of the sand will be used to fill the adjoining upland in preparation for dormitory and parking lot construction. Approximately 1,000 feet of wave attenuation structure will be installed to protect the basin. The applicant will install 58 pilings and 50 floating pier/slip structures within the basin to create a floating marina for the Sea Scout training facility. Approximately 0.57 acre of shallow water habitat will be deepened. Approximately 0.14 acre of beach area will be filled with sand dredged from the basin, mixed with gravel, and approximately 0.64 acre of floating dock area will be installed. The applicant is proposing to create 5,500 square feet of intertidal marsh, in the form of a living shoreline, as mitigation for the proposed submerged sand and gravel beach nourishment area. The applicant is also proposing to install a 2-inch saltwater intake pipe for fire protection and possibly desalinization process for up to 15,000 gallons per day of potable water. Two 24-inch sewer outfalls and one 6-foot by 1-foot TxDOT storm water discharge drainage pipes will also be installed.
CMP Project No.: 12-0825-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2008-00245 is being evaluated under §10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C.A. §403) and §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.