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 February 23, through February 28, 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 March 27, 2013. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on April 26, 2013
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Port of Houston Authority
Location: The project site is located in the Barbours Cut Ship Channel (BBC) and Galveston Bay, in the community of Morgan’s Point, in Harris County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map entitled: LaPorte, Texas.
Latitude: 29.683 North; Longitude -95.000 West.
Project Description: The applicant proposes to amend the Department of the Army Permit Number SWG-1999-02499 to modernize and improve port operations associated with the BCC by improving the channel. Such improvements would allow upgrade of the Barbours Cut Container Terminal and berths to accommodate the larger container vessels present ad vessels that the shipping industry is moving towards, as well as to comply with the new, wider safety setbacks requested by the Houston Pilots Association. Additionally, the purpose of the project is to modernize the channel in a manner that allows the Barbours Cut Container Terminal to realize the benefits of the -45 ft MLT deepening and widening of the Houston and Galveston Navigation Channels and the existing permit to deepen the existing berths.
CMP Project No.: 13-1075-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-1999-02499 is being evaluated under §10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and §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.