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 April 10, 2013. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on May 10, 2013.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Texas City Terminal Railway Company
Location: The project site is located in the Texas City Industrial Canal, Texas City Turning Basin, and Texas City Channel within the boundaries of the Port of Texas City, near the City of Texas city, in Galveston County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map entitled: Texas City and Virginia Point, Texas.
Latitude: 29.366764 North; Longitude -94.887904 West.
Project Description: The applicant proposes to hydraulically and/or mechanically dredge all docks (see attached plans for entire listing) located within the Port of Texas City boundaries to previously authorized depths and to perform maintenance dredging to previously authorized depths for a period of 10 years. The applicant proposes to perform silt blade/water injection intermittent maintenance dredging for a period of 10 years to previously authorized depths (Department of the Army Permit SWG-2001-01855) at Docks 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22N, 22S, 40, 41, 45, 50, 51, 52, 54A, 54E, 56, 57, 58, 59. Most of these docks will contour the volume of material evenly over the bottom depth of the dock unless a created sediment basin is needed. All maintenance dredged material will be placed within Placement Areas 5, 6, and Shoal Point Dredged Material Placement Area (DMPA), formerly known as Snake Island DMPA. The exception to placement of material only applies to those docks authorized for intermittent silt blade/water injection maintenance dredging when this method is employed.
CMP Project No.: 13-1082-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2013-00042 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.