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 September 12, 2012, through September 19, 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 September 26, 2012. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2012.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Southwest Shipyard, LP.
Location: The project site is located in Galveston Ship Channel at 1002 Texas Clipper Road, Pelican Island, in Galveston County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map titled: Galveston, Texas. Approved jurisdictional determination was used for the project site. NAD 83, Latitude: 29.312721 North; Longitude: - 94.812739 West.
Project Description: The applicant proposes to expand an existing shipyard to include a barge launch rail system and construct bank stabilization. The barge launch is required to float newly constructed barges into the ship channel. The bulkhead will stabilize the shoreline and the dredged area will provide adequate depths for the safe launch of the newly constructed barges. The launch will be constructed utilizing 24-inch by 100-foot pre-stressed concrete pile and corrosion inhibiting, coated 24-inch by 68-inch steel launch rails. The applicant proposes to install approximately 476 linear feet of steel bulkhead above the high tide line. The applicant also proposes to hydraulically dredge approximately 0.827-acre of non-vegetated bottom, approximately 10,000 cubic yards, to provide adequate depth immediately adjacent to the proposed launch rail system. The applicant will coordinate the proposed dredge activities to coincide with Port of Galveston Maintenance dredging activities and will place dredge material in authorized Port of Galveston Placement Areas in conjunction with the coordination of dredge projects. Materials and equipment will be transported to the site via truck and trailer as well as by barge. Access to the site will be accomplished both by roadway and the Galveston Ship Channel. The proposed site is outside of the limits of the Galveston Ship Channel and will not adversely affect navigation during construction.
CMP Project No.: 12-0840-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2011-00235 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 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. Kate Zultner, Consistency Review Specialist, 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.