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 February 4, through February 8, 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 February 20, 2013. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on March 22, 2013.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Velasco Drainage District
Location: The project site is located in the Sherwood Forest and Tamarind Woods Ditch, adjacent to FM 2004, in Richwood, Brazoria County, Texas. The project can be located on U.S.G.S. quadrangle map titled: Lake Jackson, Texas – Latitude: 29.07059 North; Longitude 95.41855 West.
Project Description: The applicant proposes to re-slope and re-grad the Sherwood Forest Ditch to a 0.055% grade and re-grade and re-slope the Tamarind Woods Ditch to a 0.20% grade. Additionally, a low-water crossing will be constructed by pouring a concrete slab reinforced with rebar at the confluence of the two ditches. The low-water crossing will be approximately 12 feet wide and shapes as a trapezoid which will be 27 feet long along one side and 52 feet long on the other side. The low-water crossing will allow passage of maintenance vehicles. Approximately 4.5 cubic yards of concrete and 750 cubic yards of clay will be placed within 13,470 square feet of drainage way bottom. The Tamarind Woods Ditch is tidally influenced and jurisdictional for 157 feet, then rises sharply in grade to a non-jurisdictional, upland-cut drainage swales. The Sherwood Forest Ditch is approximately 1, 726 feel long and appears to have upstream drainage. The Sherwood Forest Ditch is tidally-influences for 700 feet and has flowing water and an ordinary high water mark all the way to FM 2004. The jurisdiction will be made by preliminary jurisdictional determination.
CMP Project No.: 13-1042
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2012-00757 is being evaluated under §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. 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.