Miscellaneous codes include general concerns that are not activity-specific and that apply to broad areas and habitats along the coast. Concerns that the Resource Management Codes take into account include, but are not limited to: archeological sites; bay bottoms (of high productivity); bird rookeries; endangered or threatened species; hydrology; marshes; navigational safety; nursery habitat; oyster, artificial, historic, serpulid, or constructed reefs; sand, mud, or algal flats; and submerged aquatic vegetation.
In addition, routes and methods of pipeline installation must be included on applications for Corps permits and General Land Office application plat maps for all state-owned submerged lands. This information allows the commenting agencies to review pipeline routes and installation methods, and to provide guidance and recommendations about impacts to sensitive habitats. Other construction activities, including construction of drilling locations, must be located at safe distances from sensitive habitats. Specific setback distances depend on the sensitive habitats present in the area. Construction activities should be coordinated with the commenting agency.
Definitions and Explanations:MA
- No special recommendations.
The agency submitting this code has no specific concerns for this tract.ME
- Avoid marshes and other sensitive resource areas.
Sensitive marine habitats exist within this tract, but oil and gas exploration and production activities, construction and operation activities, access routes, rights of way, and other activities may be permissible if sensitive areas are left undisturbed.MG
- Avoid submerged aquatic vegetation.
Seagrass has been documented on this tract, but oil and gas exploration and production activities, construction and operation activities, access routes, rights of way, and other activities may be permissible if sensitive areas are left undisturbed. A survey may be required to locate any existing submerged aquatic vegetation. MK
- State Archeological Landmarks and/or other cultural resources protected by state law are known to be or may be located on this tract and should not be disturbed.
Prospective developers must obtain information about archeological survey requirements and avoidance of valuable historical artifacts on this tract from the Texas Historical Commission. An archeological survey, site avoidance, or other actions may be required. Known archeological sites or those discovered during surveys may require additional conditions for exploration and production activities.ML
- This tract contains private oyster leases.
Private oyster leases are present on this tract. Names and addresses of individuals holding private oyster leases and oyster lease rules are available from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.MO
- Work on this tract is subject to Endangered Species Act review.
Consult with the commenting agency for information.MP
- Work in this tract is subject to special recommendations, restrictions or special use permits from federal or state agencies.
Federal or state agencies may have specific requirements for this tract and should be consulted.MR
- Special methods may be necessary to reduce turbidity resulting from construction activities.
Reduce impacts of sedimentation on seagrass, marshes, oyster reefs, or other sensitive estuarine habitats in this tract.