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Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment - USACE-Galveston District (Galveston Harbor Conditions)


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June 12, 2013

July 12, 2013 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 May 10, through June 10th, 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 June 12, 2013. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on July 12, 2013.

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES:

Federal Agency: USACE-Galveston District

Project Location: The approximately 4-mile-long Galveston Harbor Channel is included in the Galveston Channel Reach of the Houston-Galveston Navigation Channels, Texas. Project, and provides entry to the Port of Galveston located on the upper Texas coast near the mouth of Galveston Bay in Galveston County, Texas.

Notice of Availability for the Environmental Assessment, Galveston Harbor Channel Extension, Post Authorization Change Report, Galveston County, Texas: The Galveston District is informing interested parties of the prepared Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Public Las 91-190, and regulations for implementing the Procedural Provisions of the NEPA, 40 Code of Federal Regulations 1500-1508. This notice is being distributed to assist in collecting facts and recommendations concerning the tentatively recommended channel improvements to extend the limits of the existing authorized 45-foot deep Galveston Harbor Channel for a distance of 2,571 feet to reach the end of the limits of the authorized and currently maintained 40-foot portion of the channel. The tentatively recommended channel improvements would deepen the 40-foot deep by 1,085-foot wide segment of the Galveston Harbor Channel from Station 20+000 (near POG Pier 38) to Station 22+571 (near Pelican Island Bridge) to a 45-foot deep by 1,075-foot wide channel. The proposed project would be consistent with the newly deepened -45 feet mean low tide (MLT) movement of deep-draft vessels transporting commodities to dock facilities located along this terminal section of the Galveston Harbor Channel.

The document is available online at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/PlanningEnvironmentalBranch/DocumentsforPublicReview.aspx

CMP Project No.: 13-1178-F2

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 federal.consistency@glo.texas.gov. Comments should be sent to Ms. Land at the above address or by email.


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Sheri Land
Director
P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873
Sheri Land