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October 31, 2012

October 31, 2012 01:00AM

Coastal Coordination Council



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 October 3, 2012, through October 10, 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 October 31, 2012. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2012.

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:

Applicant: The Nature Conservancy

Location: The project site is located in Corpus Christi Bay, on the northern portion of Shamrock Island, west of State Highway 361, in Nueces County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map entitled: Port Ingleside, Texas. NAD 83, Latitude: 27.762770 North; Longitude: -97.168689 West.

Project Description: The applicant proposes to repair an existing breach by placing approximately 600 cubic yards of imported sand fill along the ridge alignment across the existing breach, over 0.28 acres of jurisdictional area. The breach fill is proposed to be constructed to +3 feet NAVD88 with a crest width of 10 feet and side slopes of 10H:1V. The breach closure will be constructed from sand material transported by barge to the east side of the island. No dredging is anticipated for access to the site. The sand will be placed in the breach and worked into place with a bulldozer or similar equipment. It is expected that construction will take no more than four weeks from the time of mobilization. Construction of the sand breach closure will take place outside of bird nesting season (i.e. approximately March 1 to September 1). Additionally, after construction of the sand breach closure, the applicant proposed to plant the area with approximately 0.10 acre of emergent vegetation. A planting permit will be obtained from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department prior to planting. Sprigs of smooth cordgrass and/or black mangrove will be planted at elevations 0 to 2.5 feet NAVD88 to match the existing spatial distribution on Shamrock Island.

CMP Project No.: 12-0892-F1

Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2011-00854 is being evaluated under §10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C.A. §403) and §404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. §1344).

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 kate.zultner@glo.texas.gov. Comments should be sent to Ms. Zultner at the above address or by email.


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Kate Zultner
Consistency Review Specialist
Kate Zultner