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 April 4, 2012, through April 11, 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 April 18, 2012. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on May 18, 2012.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: City of League City
Location: The project site is located in Robinson Bayou, for a distance of approximately 2,600 linear feet between Abilene Street and Egret Bay Boulevard, in League City, Galveston County, Texas. Robinson Bayou is a tidally influenced tributary of Clear Creek. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map titled: League City, Texas. NAD 83, Latitude: 29.520593 North; Longitude: -95.077517 West.
Project Description: The applicant proposes to excavate and to discharge fill material into Robinson Bayou as part of a bank stabilization project. The proposed 2,600-linear-foot bank stabilization project consists of placing riprap, slope grading, constructing retaining walls, and placing gabions along both sides of the bayou. The applicant will also excavate portions of the bayou to create a lake area to reduce flow velocities in the bayou. There will be a total of 1.2 acres of waters of the United States (U.S.) filled with approximately 4,000 cubic yards of material and approximately one acre of waters of the U.S. excavated. Of the waters of the U.S. impacted, approximately 0.47 acre is adjacent wetlands. The applicant has proposed to mitigate for the proposed impacts by preventing further erosion of the banks of Robinson Bayou and improve bank stability to protect existing riparian buffers. The applicant also proposes to mitigate for the loss of 0.47 acre of adjacent wetlands (tidal and non-tidal) by creating 0.83 acre of wetlands (tidal and non-tidal) adjacent to Robinson Bayou. The created wetlands will be protected from further erosion by the proposed bank stabilization measures.
CMP Project No.: 12-0706-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2011-01176 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 Coastal Coordination Council 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, Coastal Coordination Council, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at email@example.com. Comments should be sent to Ms. Zultner at the above address or by email.