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 June 18th, through June 24, 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 July 17, 2013. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on August 16, 2013
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: East Bay Farms, LLC
Location: The project site consists of 464.07-acres first phase of a proposed wetland mitigation bank located northeast and adjacent to the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in southern Chambers County. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map entitled: Stanolind Reservoir, Texas. Approximate UTM Coordinates in NAD83 (meters): Zone 15: Easting: 363442; Northing: 3281439.
East Bay Farms, LLC (Sponsor), is proposing to establish and operate a mitigation bank to be known as the Gulf Coastal Plains Wetland Mitigation Bank (GCPWMB) on properties owned by the Sponsor. The GCPWMB is planned to eventually encompass approximately 1,851 acres, currently maintained in agricultural production and previously cleared, levied, ditched and drained. Phase 1 will include re-establishing tidally influenced wetlands in the southern portion of Phase 1 and the conversion of existing freshwater wetlands. Proposed impacts associated with the hydrologic restoration for Phase 1 include dredging and fill activities of 11,427 cubic yards in 8.39 acres of Waters of the U.S., including wetlands.
CMP Project No.: 13-1091-F2
Type of Application: This application is being evaluated under §10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), and 33 CFR 332 “Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources” (April 10, 2008 Federal Register Vol. 73, No. 70 pp.19594-19705).
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. Sheri Land, Director, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at email@example.com. Comments should be sent to Ms. Land at the above address or by email.