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 20, 2012, through August 30, 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 12, 2012. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2012.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Texas Lehigh Cement Company
Location: The project is located in the Corpus Christi Industrial Canal, between Corps of Engineers Stations 1182+20 and 1189+70, in Corpus Christi Bay, Nueces County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map titled: Corpus Christi, Texas. NAD 83, Latitude: 27.8164 North; Longitude: -97.4189 West.
Project Description: The applicant has revised the project originally described to include advance maintenance and allowable overdepth dredging. The applicant proposes to amend his previously approved project to accommodate a new barge unloading area. Six monopile breasting structures are now proposed instead of the two that were previously approved. Three of the monopiles would be located north of the existing dock and three to the south. The proposed dredging area would be moved closer to the shoreline and would include removal of a portion of the existing shore (6,800 square feet of area and 760 cubic yards of material). A total of 20,700 cubic yards of material would be removed by hydraulic and mechanical methods from two irregularly shaped areas totaling approximately 86,000 square feet of area to achieve the target depths shown in the plans. Dredged material would be placed in South Shore Dredged Material Placement Area (DMPA) Cell A or Cell B, DMPA No. 1, or the Herbie A. Maurer DMPA. The new shoreline would be armored by a steel sheetpile bulkhead approximately 230 feet long. The existing dock would remain in place and a proposed elevated walkway/pipe-bridge, approximately 66 feet long, would span from the shoreline to the dock. No mitigation is being proposed.
CMP Project No.: 12-0848-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-1997-00189(Rev.) 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.