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 June 18th, through June 24, 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 July 17, 2013. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on August 16, 2013
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: USFWS – McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge
Location: The project site is located in the Gulf of Mexico in the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Jefferson County, Texas.
Start - Latitude: 29.5621970; Longitude -94.3588786 West
End- Latitude: 29.6476333 North; Longitude -94.1384315 West
The applicant proposes to impact a total of 181 acres of wetlands with the construction of a 14.43-mile clay and sand berm (270,959 CY) along the coastline of the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge. The proposed berm will be constructed from material excavated from onsite borrow areas and will consist of three segments: Berm No. 2, Berm No. 1A, and Berm No. 1B. The entire extent of the berm will be located approximately 600 feet inland and parallel to the current beach and will convert 63 acres of wetlands to uplands. The borrow areas will be located parallel to, and landward of, the berm segments and consist of shallow, alternating areas that would be no more then 4 feet deep, 1,000 feet long, and 75 feet wide. The borrow areas will impace 118 acres of wetlands.
CMP Project No.: 13-1076-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2012-00381 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 email@example.com. Comments should be sent to Ms. Land at the above address or by email.