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 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 24, 2013. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on August 23, 2013
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Jefferson County Drainage District No. 6
Location: The project is located in North Prong Mud Bayou, Barnes Bayou, two unnamed bayous, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), near High Island, in Jefferson and Chambers Counties, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map entitled: Mud Lake and Whites Ranch, Texas.
Latitude: 29.629922; Longitude -94.314390 West
The applicant will impact 16.39 acres of waters of the U.S., of which 15.43 acres are open water, 0.47 acre is coastal marsh, and 0.49 acre is unvegetated flats, with this proposed project. The applicant will impact these waters of the U.S. with 5.94 acres of excavation activities and 10.45 acres of fill activities. The applicant proposes to relocate the four existing outfalls from their current upstream location downstream to near the confluence of the bayous and the GIWW to reduce sedimentation within the canals and reduce current and future maintenance dredging. The applicant will place riprap along the banks downstream of the constructed outfalls and along the shoreline of the GIWW below the mean high tide line. The applicant proposes to reconstruct the existing canals by using the previously created dredged material levees as fill material to reduce the existing canal width from 80 to 120 feet wide to the newly proposed 50 feet wide and to create the new levees needed with the reduced canal. The newly formed canals will also be dredged to a depth of 4 feet deep. The areas that are currently upland levees will be restored to prior contours and elevations consistent with the adjacent coastal wetlands and will be planted with native coastal marsh species. The outfall structures consist of vinyl sheet and timber pilings, aluminum box culverts, aluminum flap gates, and access roads over the constructed structures.
CMP Project No.: 13-1276-F1
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments should be sent to Ms. Land at the above address or by email.