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 November 5, through November 9, 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 November 14, 2012. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on December 14, 2012.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
Location: The project is located along the southern shoreline of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), bordering the Salt Bayou Unit of the J. D. Murphree WMA, in Jefferson County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map entitled: TX-BIG HILL BAYOU, Texas. Approximate UTM Coordinates in NAD 83 (meters): Zone 15; Easting: 402326; Northing: 3296143. Latitude: 29.805972 North and Longitude: -93.999222 West; Latitude: 29.793528 North and Longitude: -94.009667 West.
Project Description: The applicant is proposing to discharge approximately 41,500 cubic yards of riprap within 5.78 acres of jurisdictional waters of the United States located along the south shore of the GIWW. The project is divided into two sections, each extending out from the riprap protection found along the banks on either side of the Salt Bayou Structure. The eastern section is 5,607 feet in length and is located adjacent to Compartment 13/16 to the right of Salt Bayou within the WMA. The western section is 4,456 feet in length and is located adjacent to Compartment 18. The project would result in the construction of approximately 10,063 linear feet of rock breakwaters designed for the purpose of protecting the coastal brackish marshes, located south of the GIWW, from erosive wave action occurring as a result of traffic in the channel. The breakwaters would have a top elevation of +3.0 feet NAVD and a base width of 25 feet. Rock will be 650# gradation in size. Riprap will be barged in and placed using barge-mounted excavators. Riprap will be tied into the existing bank by transitioning back to natural ground at a 45 degree angle. The breakwater will be between 0 and 220 feet from the top of the eroding earthen levee formed by side casting material during dredging of the GIWW and a minimum of 150 feet from the centerline of the channel.
CMP Project No.: 12-0849
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2012-00192 is being evaluated under §10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C.A. §403) 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 Coastal Coordination Council 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, Coastal Coordination Council, 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.