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 October 11, 2012, through October 26, 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 October 31, 2012. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2012.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program
Location: The project is located in Corpus Christi Bay, along the southwestern shoreline of Indian Point, in Portland, San Patricio County, Texas. The project can be located on the USGS quadrangle map entitled: Portland, TX. NAD 83, Latitude: 27.851497 North; Longitude: -97.354722 West.
Project Description: The applicant proposes to a construct a combination of graded riprap breakwaters and graded riprap revetment for shoreline protection as a form of bank stabilization.
The purpose of the project is to provide protection to a demonstrably eroding shoreline containing estuarine wetlands and seagrass. The applicant has stated that erosion along the shoreline of Indian Point Park can be significantly reduced with the addition of shoreline protection that shields the bank and adjacent wetlands from waves caused by wind generated across Corpus Christi Bay. As waves impact the structure, they will break and dissipate energy. The reduction in wave energy mitigates erosion along the shoreline and provides shelter for seagrass. The shoreline protection includes a combination of both segmented breakwaters and revetment. The total length of shoreline protection structure is 2,800 feet. This length includes 8 segmented breakwaters and a revetment. The breakwaters would be placed a minimum of 20 feet away from the nearest seagrasses. Each breakwater would be between 200 and 500 feet in length with approximately 30-foot gaps between each segment. The structures would impact approximately 2 acres of non-vegetated bay bottom in which approximately 3 to 4 cubic yards per linear foot of segmented breakwater graded riprap will be placed below mean high water (MHW) and approximately 2 to 3 cubic yards per linear foot of revetment graded riprap will be placed below MHW. The applicant has proposed to have the option of protecting the shoreline in the southernmost portion of the project area with either riprap revetment or two additional off-shore breakwaters.
CMP Project No.: 13-0934-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2012-00591 is being evaluated under §10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C.A. §403).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments should be sent to Ms. Zultner at the above address or by email.