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Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency - Texas Dept. of Transportation

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October 23, 2013

October 23, 2013 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 September 16, through October 21, 2013.  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 October 23, 2013.  The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 22, 2013.

Applicant: Texas Dept. of Transportation;

Location:   The project is an 11-mile-long section (Section 4) of the overall 55-mile-long project for roadway improvements that extends from State Highway (SH) 36 from south of Farm-to-Market (FM) Road 2004 to FM 1495.  Section 4 is located in wetlands and waters of the US, adjacent to the Brazos River. The remaining portion of the route is either located in uplands or in areas where aquatic resources have been avoided. The project route extends along SH 36 from FM 2004 to 1,850 feet south of Velasco Boulevard, in Freeport, Brazoria County, Texas. The site can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map titled: JONES CREEK, Texas.  Latitude: 28.985541; N Longitude: -95.515803 W.

 Project Description:  The applicant proposes to excavate 9,907 cubic yards of fill material and to place 15,576 cubic yards of fill material into waters of the US, including wetlands, during roadway improvements along this portion of SH 36, within Section 4. Impacts to 10.761 acres of wetlands and 3.926 acres of waters of the US will occur as a result of crossing 6 waters of the US and 24 wetlands from the proposed roadway improvements.

CMP Project No.: 14-1080-F1.

Type of Application:  This application will be reviewed pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the CWA.

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Kate Zultner
Consistency Review Specialist
Kate Zultner