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 August 7, through September 9, 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 2, 2013. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2013.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Port of Houston Authority
Location: The project is located in the Bayport Ship Channel and in upper Galveston Bay, in Chambers County and Harris County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle maps entitled: Bacliff, Texas; League City, Texas; and Morgans Point, Texas.
Latitude: 29.614 North; Longitude: -94.99 West
Project Description: The applicant now proposes to use hydraulic pipeline dredges to deepen and widen the Bayport Ship Channel (BSC), deepen the BSC Turning Basin and existing Flare, place the new work (construction) dredged material in dredged material placement area (PA) 15 and use a portion of it to raise PA 15 perimeter levees, use material borrowed from PA 15 and PA 14/15 Connection to construct a levee stability berm, periodically maintenance dredge the improved project, and place maintenance dredged material in PA 14, PA 15, PA 14/15 Connection (after completion of construction by the Corps), Mid-bay PA, and Atkinson Island Marsh Cells M-7/8/9, M-10, and M-11 (after completion of construction by the Corps).
CMP Project No.: 14-1007-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 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 Mr. Ray Newby, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments should be sent to Mr. Newby at the above address or by email.