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Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency - Proposed Texas Phase III Early Restoration Projects for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill


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January 08, 2014

January 08, 2014 17:00PM

Coastal Coordination Council



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 27, through January 6, 2014.  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 January 8, 2014.  The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on February 7, 2014.

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES:

Notice and Request for Comments on Consistency Determination Regarding Proposed Texas Phase III Early Restoration Projects for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Applicants:  Federal Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Federal Trustees”).

Type of Application: The Federal Trustees for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill have prepared and submitted a consistency determination for several Phase III early restoration projects proposed for implementation within the coastal zone of the State of Texas.  These proposed projects, which would be implemented by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the assistance of qualified contractors, are described below.  Additional information about the proposed Texas Phase III projects and other proposed Phase III early restoration actions in the Gulf of Mexico may be found in the “Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement,” available at www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.


Applicant:  Federal Trustees

Project Name:  Freeport Reef Project 

Location:  Freeport Reef Project site is located in the Gulf of Mexico approximately six nautical miles offshore Freeport, Brazoria County, Texas.

CENTER OF PROJECT – LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83):

 Latitude: 28.793009 North; Longitude: 95.347796 West

Project Description: Freeport Reef Project - The applicant proposes to expand the area of artificial reef within an existing permitted artificial reef site.  The existing reef is known as the George Vancouver (Liberty Ship) Artificial Reef and covers 40 acres of the permitted site and encompasses the Vancouver Liberty Ship that was intentionally sunk in 1976 as well as additional reef materials including one-ton quarry rock, concrete culverts, and 100 concrete pyramid structures.  The Freeport Reef Project would increase the area of reef within the permitted site from 40 to 160 acres by placing 800 to 950 similar, predesigned concrete pyramids eight-feet high on barren sand and silt substrate.  The project activities are covered by U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) permit #SWG-2010-00264 and Texas General Land Office (GLO) surface lease # SL20070057.

CMP Project No: 14-1243


Applicant:  Federal Trustees

Project Name:  Matagorda Reef Project 

Location:  The Matagorda Reef Project site is located in the Gulf of Mexico approximately eight miles offshore Matagorda County, Texas.

CENTER OF PROJECT – LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83):

 Latitude: 28.516792 North; Longitude: 95.781525 West

Project Description: Matagorda Reef Project - The applicant proposes to create an artificial reef within an existing 160 acre permitted artificial reef site.  The project would include deployment of approximately 1,600 predesigned concrete pyramids eight-feet high on barren sand and silt substrate.  The project activities are covered by USACE permit #SWG-2009-01139 and Texas General Land Office (GLO) surface lease # SL20070057.

CMP Project No: 14-1243


Applicant:  Federal Trustees

Project Name:  Corpus Reef Project 

Location:  The Corpus Reef Project site is located in the Gulf of Mexico approximately eleven miles offshore Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas.

Project Description: Corpus Reef Project - The applicant proposes to create an artificial reef within an existing 160 acre permitted artificial reef site.  The project would include deployment of approximately 1,000 to 1,200 predesigned concrete pyramids eight-feet high on barren sand and silt substrate.  The project activities are covered by USACE permit #SWG-2010-01407 and Texas General Land Office (GLO) surface lease # SL950008.

CMP Project No: 14-1243


Applicant:  Federal Trustees

Project Name:  Ship Reef Project 

Location:  The Ship Reef Project site is located in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 58 miles offshore Galveston, Galveston County, Texas.

CENTER OF PROJECT – LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83):

 Latitude: 28.44401 North; Longitude: 94.28504 West

Project Description: Ship Reef Project - The applicant proposes to create an artificial reef by acquiring, cleaning, and sinking a large vessel (200 ft. in length or greater) in deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  The project would cover 80 acres of barren sandy and silty substrate in about 135 ft. of water.

CMP Project No: 14-1243


Applicant:  Federal Trustees

Project Name:  Galveston Island State Park Beach Development (GISP) Project

Location:  The GISP Project site is located on Galveston Island in Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map titled: Lake Como, Texas.

CENTER OF PROJECT – LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83):

 Latitude: 29.19027 North; Longitude: 94.95779 West

Project Description: The GISP Project includes building of multi-use campsites, tent campsites, dune access boardwalks, an equestrian trail head, and restroom and shower facilities on the beach side of the park.  Campsite areas will include parking and associated amenities (such as comfort stations, rinse showers and nearby picnic shelters and grills) and are located outside the areas of future dune migration. The multi-use campsites will be RV-accessible and equipped with water and electric hook-ups and a dump station. Native trees and shrubs will be planted to create natural screens between campsites.  The proposed boardwalk will provide access to the beach from campsite areas across dunes.  All structures will meet Texas Accessibility Standards and Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines.

CMP Project No: 14-1243


Applicant:  Federal Trustees

Project Name:  Sea Rim State Park Project: Wildlife Blinds, Comfort Station and Fish-Cleaning Shelter (Sea Rim Park Project)

Location:  The Sea Rim Park Project site is located near Sabine Pass, Texas in Jefferson County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map titled: Sabine Pass, Texas.

CENTER OF PROJECT – LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83):

Latitude: 29.67460 North; Longitude: 94.04327 West

Project Description: The Sea Rim State Park Project involves construction of two wildlife viewing platforms (at Fence Lake and Willow Pond), one comfort station with a vault toilet, and one fish cleaning shelter in the park.  The Fence Lake wildlife viewing platform will consist of a 10-foot by 14-foot fixed platform and an adjacent 6-foot by 4-foot floating platform accessible by kayaks and other shallow draft boats.  The Willow Pond wildlife viewing platform will consist of a 16-foot by 8-foot fixed platform connected to 5-foot boardwalk.  The comfort station will have two restrooms, be located near the park’s boat ramp.  The fish-cleaning shelter will be located near the beach adjacent to an existing equestrian parking lot.  All structures will meet Texas Accessibility Standards and Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines.

CMP Project No: 14-1243

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 Mr. Ray Newby, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at federal.consistency@glo.texas.gov.  Comments should be sent to Mr. Newby at the above address or by email.


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Contacts

Kate Zultner
Consistency Review Specialist
Kate Zultner