Availability of Final General Reevaluation Report and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project, Talbot County, MD, 60798 [05-20902]

Download as PDF 60798 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 201 / Wednesday, October 19, 2005 / Notices imposed on contractors, offerors or members of the public. Steven L. Amato, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Deputy Chief of Staff for Passenger and Personal Property. [FR Doc. 05–20900 Filed 10–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District has prepared a Final General Reevaluation Report (GRR) and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project (PIERP). The GRR/SEIS evaluated the vertical and/or lateral expansion of the PIERP, design modifications to the existing project, the addition of recreational/educational opportunities to the existing project, and the potential to accept dredged material from additional channels not specified in the 1996 EIS for the existing project. A Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft GRR/SEIS was published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Federal Register on June 22, 2005 (70 FR 36129). The preferred alternative includes a northern lateral expansion consisting of approximately 575 acres, which would include wetland and upland habitat, and a protected open water embayment; construction of a 5-ft vertical raising of the existing upland Cells 2 and 6 at the PIERP; amending the existing project authorization and Project Cooperation Agreement to include the placement of dredged material from the southern approach channels to the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal; incorporation of design modifications required for the completion of the existing project, and development of recreational and educational enhancement for the PIERP. DATES: USACE filed the final document with EPA on September 30, 2005. EPA published a Notice of Availability in the 14:50 Oct 18, 2005 Jkt 208001 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Attn: Mr. Mark Medelsohn, CENAB–PL–P, P.O. Box 1715, Baltimore, MD 21203–1715 or electronically at mark.mendelsohn@usace.army.mil or by telephone at (410) 962–9499 or (800) 295–1610. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PIERP is located in the Chesapeake Bay, approximately 39 miles south-southeast of the Port of Baltimore, and two miles northwest of Tilghman Island in Talbot County, MD. Approximately 10,000 acres of remote island habitat has been lost throughtout the Chesapeake Bay in the last 150 years. Dredged material from the Upper Chesapeake Bay Approach Channels to the Port of Balitmore is being beneficially used to restore 1,140 acres of wetland and upland habitat (approximately 570 acres of wetland habitat and 570 acres of upland habitat), and it is estimated that by 2014 the PIERP will provide up to 40 million cubic yards (mcy) of dredged material placement capacity. To date, approximately 12 mcy of dredged material have been placed at the site. Construction and site operation at the PIERP is a collaborative effort that is cost shared between the Federal sponsor, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—Baltimore District and the non-Federal sponsor, Maryland Port Administration (MPA). To address a predicted dredged material placement capacity shortfall, USACE-Baltimore and MPA initiated the Poplar Island Expansion Study (PIES) under the existing PIERP Congressional Authorization, Section 537 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1996. Authorization for ecosystem restoration projects using dredged material is included in Section 204 of the WRDA of 1992, as amended by Section 207 of the WRDA of 1996. A Notice of Intent (NOI) to initiate the preparation of the GRR/ SEIS was published in the Federal Register in June 2003 (68 FR 33685). The Final Integrated GRR/SEIS documents NEPA compliance for the proposed expansion of the PIERP, provides information specific to the actions of the GRR, and supplements the Poplar Island Restoration Study, Maryland: Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (ERP No. D–COE–D350557–MD) (USACE/MPA, 1996). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Availability of Final General Reevaluation Report and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project, Talbot County, MD VerDate Aug<31>2005 Federal Register on October 7, 2005 (70 FR 58700). A Record of Decision may be signed no earlier than 30 days after the EPA notice. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Public meetings on the draft document were held on July 19, 2005, in Easton Maryland, and on July 20, 2005, at Tilghman, Maryland. Both meetings provided an opportunity for the public to present oral and/or written comments. You may view the Final GRR/SEIS and related information on our Web page at: http:// www.nab.usace.army.mil./projects/ Maryland/PoplarIsland/expansion.html. The Final and Draft GRR/SEIS have been prepared in accordance with (1) NEPA of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), (2) regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and (3) USACE regulations implementing NEPA (ER–200–2–2). Mark Mendelsohn, Study Manager. [FR Doc. 05–20902 Filed 10–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–41–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Dredged Material Management Plan for the Lower Atchafalaya, Bayous Chene, Boeuf, and Black Navigation Channel, and the Gulf of Mexico, in Assumption, St. Mary, and Terrebone Parishes in the Vicinity of Morgan City, LA Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Vicksburg District Corps of Engineers is preparing the Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) for the existing Atchafalaya River and Bayous Chene, Boeuf, and Black, Louisiana, navigation project. The DMMP will require a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) No. 3 to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Atchafalaya River and Bayous Chene, Boeuf, and Black, Louisiana (March 1973), navigation project. The project was authorized by the River and Harbor Act of 1968 in accordance with House Document 155, 90th Congress, 1st Session. The purpose of the DMMP is to develop a long term management strategy to accomplish the placement of dredged material associated with the navigation project in the least costly manner, that is consistent with sound engineering practice, and that meets all applicable Federal environmental laws. The Atchafalaya River and Bayous Chene, Boeuf, and Black, Louisiana, E:\FR\FM\19OCN1.SGM 19OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Availability of Final General Reevaluation Report and 
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Poplar Island 
Environmental Restoration Project, Talbot County, MD

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
(USACE), Baltimore District has prepared a Final General Reevaluation 
Report (GRR) and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for 
the Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project (PIERP). The GRR/
SEIS evaluated the vertical and/or lateral expansion of the PIERP, 
design modifications to the existing project, the addition of 
recreational/educational opportunities to the existing project, and the 
potential to accept dredged material from additional channels not 
specified in the 1996 EIS for the existing project. A Notice of 
Availability (NOA) for the Draft GRR/SEIS was published by the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Federal Register on June 
22, 2005 (70 FR 36129).
    The preferred alternative includes a northern lateral expansion 
consisting of approximately 575 acres, which would include wetland and 
upland habitat, and a protected open water embayment; construction of a 
5-ft vertical raising of the existing upland Cells 2 and 6 at the 
PIERP; amending the existing project authorization and Project 
Cooperation Agreement to include the placement of dredged material from 
the southern approach channels to the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) 
Canal; incorporation of design modifications required for the 
completion of the existing project, and development of recreational and 
educational enhancement for the PIERP.

DATES: USACE filed the final document with EPA on September 30, 2005. 
EPA published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on 
October 7, 2005 (70 FR 58700). A Record of Decision may be signed no 
earlier than 30 days after the EPA notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 
Baltimore District, Attn: Mr. Mark Medelsohn, CENAB-PL-P, P.O. Box 
1715, Baltimore, MD 21203-1715 or electronically at 
mark.mendelsohn@usace.army.mil or by telephone at (410) 962-9499 or 
(800) 295-1610.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PIERP is located in the Chesapeake Bay, 
approximately 39 miles south-southeast of the Port of Baltimore, and 
two miles northwest of Tilghman Island in Talbot County, MD. 
Approximately 10,000 acres of remote island habitat has been lost 
throughtout the Chesapeake Bay in the last 150 years. Dredged material 
from the Upper Chesapeake Bay Approach Channels to the Port of 
Balitmore is being beneficially used to restore 1,140 acres of wetland 
and upland habitat (approximately 570 acres of wetland habitat and 570 
acres of upland habitat), and it is estimated that by 2014 the PIERP 
will provide up to 40 million cubic yards (mcy) of dredged material 
placement capacity. To date, approximately 12 mcy of dredged material 
have been placed at the site. Construction and site operation at the 
PIERP is a collaborative effort that is cost shared between the Federal 
sponsor, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers--Baltimore District and the 
non-Federal sponsor, Maryland Port Administration (MPA).
    To address a predicted dredged material placement capacity 
shortfall, USACE-Baltimore and MPA initiated the Poplar Island 
Expansion Study (PIES) under the existing PIERP Congressional 
Authorization, Section 537 of the Water Resources Development Act 
(WRDA) of 1996. Authorization for ecosystem restoration projects using 
dredged material is included in Section 204 of the WRDA of 1992, as 
amended by Section 207 of the WRDA of 1996. A Notice of Intent (NOI) to 
initiate the preparation of the GRR/SEIS was published in the Federal 
Register in June 2003 (68 FR 33685).
    The Final Integrated GRR/SEIS documents NEPA compliance for the 
proposed expansion of the PIERP, provides information specific to the 
actions of the GRR, and supplements the Poplar Island Restoration 
Study, Maryland: Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact 
Statement (ERP No. D-COE-D350557-MD) (USACE/MPA, 1996).
    Public meetings on the draft document were held on July 19, 2005, 
in Easton Maryland, and on July 20, 2005, at Tilghman, Maryland. Both 
meetings provided an opportunity for the public to present oral and/or 
written comments.
    You may view the Final GRR/SEIS and related information on our Web 
page at: http://www.nab.usace.army.mil./projects/Maryland/PoplarIsland/
expansion.html.
    The Final and Draft GRR/SEIS have been prepared in accordance with 
(1) NEPA of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), (2) regulations 
of the Council on Environmental Quality for implementing the procedural 
provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), and (3) USACE regulations 
implementing NEPA (ER-200-2-2).

Mark Mendelsohn,
Study Manager.
[FR Doc. 05-20902 Filed 10-18-05; 8:45 am]
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