Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Residential, Commercial, and Marine Development Along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, 30393-30394 [06-4881]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 102 / Friday, May 26, 2006 / Notices • June 28, 2006, Open Forum 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Public Meeting 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Victory Theater, 5th Floor Banquet Room, 600 Main Street, Evansville, IN 47708. • June 29, 2006, Open Forum 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Public Meeting 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Kenton County Public Library—Large Meeting Room, 505 Scott Blvd., Covington, KY 41011. b. The Corps will be providing copies of the SIP/PEIS at numerous locations for review by the public. All locations can be found on the Web at: http:// www.lrl.usace.army.mil/ORMSS/, by emailing an inquiry to celrlormss@lrl02.usace.army.mil or by calling Jane Ruhl at (502) 315–6862. c. In addition, the public can download a copy of the document off the Web at: http:// www.lrl.usace.army.mil/ORMSS/. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 06–4884 Filed 5–25–06; 8:45am] BILLING CODE 3710–GM–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Residential, Commercial, and Marine Development Along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Department of the Army, U.S. Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to address the potential impacts associated with mixed-use waterfront development along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Baldwin County, AL, specifically the stretch known as the ‘‘Foley Land Cut’’. The Corps will be evaluating 14 separate permit applications for the proposed work under the authority of Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The EIS will be used as a basis for ensuring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action and the DEIS should be addressed to Mr. Michael B. Moxey, Regulatory Division, phone (251) 694–3771 or email at michael.b.moxey@sam.usace.army.mil, or Dr. Susan Ivester Rees, Coastal Environment Team, phone (251) 694– VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:12 May 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 4141 or e-mail at susan.i.rees@sam.usace.army.mil, Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. The permit applications propose construction of 14 mixed-use developments along the GIWW consisting of the following: in excess of 5,644 condominium units, 1,780 wet boat slips, 1,822 dry boat storage spaces, various commercial establishments, support facilities, and various resort amenities. The projects will be located in South Baldwin County on 14 parcels of land, of which 13 parcels are located along the northern shore of the GIWW and are generally bounded to the north by Baldwin County Road 4. The only other parcel of land proposed for development is located on Oyster Bay to the south of the GIWW. The portions of the properties fronting the GIWW are expected to be used for water based developments and include marinas, ship stores, and associated infrastructure. The remaining portions of the properties are expected to accommodate mixed-use development and include condominium units, amenities such as pools, boardwalks, and restroom facilities, and light commercial outlets. Construction of the proposed projects will require excavation of or placement of fill in approximately 12.6 acres of adjacent wetlands, bulkheads for shore protection, and dredging of waterbottoms. 2. The ‘‘Foley Land Cut’’ (FLC) of the GIWW in Alabama extends from Wolf Bay in the east to Oyster Bay in the west. The authorization for the construction of this part of the GIWW was enacted in the Rivers and Harbors Act of July 3, 1930, as part of the Pensacola Bay to Mobile Bay segment of the GIWW. Easements for construction of the channel (9′ x 100′ at that time) were acquired in the 1932 time frame, and the FLC part of the Pensacola Bay to Mobile Bay GIWW segment was completed (constructed) in 1934. The FLC is approximately 10 miles long with the Corps holding easements fronting the majority of the FLC and maintains disposal areas for Federal channel maintenance dredging. The property fronting the FLC historically has been developed for light industrial use to support the commercial waterways users. However, the western end of the land cut near Oyster Bay supports single family residences on the southern shore and a condominium marina complex (100 wet boat slips) located on the north shoreline. The PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30393 majority of the FLC is now rezoned to marina resort from single residential family and/or light industrial use. 3. Alternatives to the applicants’ proposals may exist which would reduce impacts to the GIWW and surrounding aquatic environment. These could include reducing the number of boat slips associated with each development, restricting the number of boat slips in particular areas along the GIWW, pursuing alternate site layouts that may have less impacts on the aquatic environment. 4. Scoping: a. The Corps invites full public participation to promote open communication on the issues surrounding the proposal. All Federal, State, and local agencies, and other persons or organizations that have an interest are urged to participate in the NEPA scoping process. Public meetings will be held to help identify significant issues and to receive public input and comment. b. The DEIS will analyze the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts to the local area resulting from the proposed project and alternatives. Specifically, the following major issues will be analyzed in the DEIS: Hydrologic and hydraulic regimes, threatened and endangered species, essential fish habitat and other marine habitat, air quality, cultural resources, wastewater treatment capacities and discharges, drainage discharges, transportation systems, alternatives, secondary and cumulative impacts, socioeconomic impacts, environmental justice (effect on minorities and lowincome groups) (Executive Order 12898), and protection of children (Executive Order 13045). c. The Corps will serve as the lead Federal agency in the preparation of the DEIS. It is anticipated that the following agencies will be invited and will accept cooperating agency status for the preparation of the DEIS: U.S. Environmental Protection agency, U.S. Department of the Interior—Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Commerce—National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Department of Transportation, and Alabama State Historic Preservation Officer, City of Gulf Shores, and the City of Orange Beach. 5. The first scoping meeting will be held in mid-June in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, Alabama. E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 30394 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 102 / Friday, May 26, 2006 / Notices 6. It is anticipated that the DEIS will be made available for public review in December 2006. David S. Hobbie, Chief, Regulatory Division. [FR Doc. 06–4881 Filed 5–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–CR–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Real Estate Supplement/Third Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (RES/ SEIS) to the Final SEIS on Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park, Tamiami Trail Feature, Miami-Dade County, FL, November 2005 Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In November 2005, the Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued a Final 2nd Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Tamiami Trail feature of the Modified Water Deliveries (MWD) project to Everglades National Park in Miami-Dade County, FL. That SEIS assumed that the National Park Service (NPS) would acquire the necessary real estate interests in seven privately-owned parcels of land adjacent to the south side of Tamiami Trail to avoid flooding impacts after the Tamiami Trail project was constructed and ecosystem restoration water flows were directed south into Everglades National Park. It is now concluded that the NPS will be unable to complete the acquisition of real estate rights in time to meet the overall schedule of the MWD project. The Corps now proposes to take over responsibility for the acquisition and address the related impacts in a supplement to the previous SEIS. ADDRESSES: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Planning Division, Environmental Branch, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232–0019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Barbara Cintron at (904) 232–1692 or email at Barbara.b.cintron@usace.army.mil. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: a. The proposed action will be the selected plan described in the November 2005 Revised General Reevaluation Report/SEIS with the additional action of securing the necessary real estate rights to the VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:12 May 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 privately owned properties along Tamiami Trail consisting of Florida Power and Light Co., Radio One Communications, Coopertown Airboard Rides, Gator Park, Everglades Safari Park, and Lincoln Financial Media (formerly Jefferson Pilot). The 1989 Everglades National Park Protection and Expansion Act (Pub. L. 101–229) provided authority for NPS to acquire all of these properties to be included in the boundary of the Everglades National Park (ENP) except for the Airboat Association of Florida. The Airboat Association of Florida was specifically excluded from the boundary of the ENP map at the time Public Law 101–229 was enacted. Therefore, the proposed action will also include securing the real estate rights from the Airboat Association necessary to convey water flows south into ENP. The NPS retains responsibility for reaching agreement with the Osceola Indian Village on flood protection measures for their facilities, and for providing NEPA coverage on that action. b. Alternatives to be considered separately for each property involves some combination of structural modifications, acquisition of an occasional/perpetual flowage easement, or fee simple title acquisition (buy out). c. A scoping letter will be used to invite comments on alternatives and issues from Federal, State, and local agencies, affected Indian tribes, and other interested private organizations and individuals. A scoping meeting is not anticipated. d. A Public meeting will be held after release of the Draft RES/SEIS; the exact location, date, and times will be announced in a public notice and local newspapers. e. DSEIS Preparation: The integrated RES, including a DSEIS, is expected to be available for public review in the third quarter of CY 2006. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 06–4883 Filed 5–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–AJ–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Meeting of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel Department of the Navy, DOD. Notice of closed meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The CNO Executive Panel will report on the findings and recommendations of the Global PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Governance Subcommittee to the Chief of Naval Operations. The meeting will consist of discussions of the U.S. Navy’s emerging missions and relationships with non-military organizations. DATES: The meeting will be held May 30, 2006 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Chief of Naval Operations office, Room 4E662, 2000 Navy Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CDR Chris Corgnati, CNO Executive Panel, 4825 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311, 703–681–6206. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2), these matters constitute classified information that is specifically authorized by Executive Order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense and are, in fact, properly classified pursuant to such Executive Order. Accordingly, the Secretary of the Navy has determined in writing that the public interest requires that all sessions of this meeting be closed to the public because they will be concerned with matters listed in section 552b(c)(1) of title 5, United States Code. Dated: May 22, 2006. M.A. Harvison, Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E6–8132 Filed 5–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Meeting of the Naval Research Advisory Committee Department of the Navy, DOD. Notice of closed meetings. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Naval Research Advisory Committee will meet to discuss classified information from government organizations and proprietary information from commercial organizations. All sessions of the meetings will be devoted to briefings, discussions and technical examination of information related to Distributed Operations and Software-Intensive Systems. Discussions will focus on the assessment of the emergent concept of Marine Corps Distributed Operations and determine appropriate options for associated training, key upstream investments, technology monitoring, and go/no-go assessment points; and probable time frames for exploration and implementation. The sessions will E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for 
Residential, Commercial, and Marine Development Along the Gulf 
Intracoastal Waterway

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), 
intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to 
address the potential impacts associated with mixed-use waterfront 
development along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Baldwin 
County, AL, specifically the stretch known as the ``Foley Land Cut''. 
The Corps will be evaluating 14 separate permit applications for the 
proposed work under the authority of Section 10 of the Rivers and 
Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The EIS will be 
used as a basis for ensuring compliance with the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
and the DEIS should be addressed to Mr. Michael B. Moxey, Regulatory 
Division, phone (251) 694-3771 or e-mail at 
michael.b.moxey@sam.usace.army.mil, or Dr. Susan Ivester Rees, Coastal 
Environment Team, phone (251) 694-4141 or e-mail at 
susan.i.rees@sam.usace.army.mil, Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. The permit applications propose construction of 14 mixed-use 
developments along the GIWW consisting of the following: in excess of 
5,644 condominium units, 1,780 wet boat slips, 1,822 dry boat storage 
spaces, various commercial establishments, support facilities, and 
various resort amenities. The projects will be located in South Baldwin 
County on 14 parcels of land, of which 13 parcels are located along the 
northern shore of the GIWW and are generally bounded to the north by 
Baldwin County Road 4. The only other parcel of land proposed for 
development is located on Oyster Bay to the south of the GIWW. The 
portions of the properties fronting the GIWW are expected to be used 
for water based developments and include marinas, ship stores, and 
associated infrastructure. The remaining portions of the properties are 
expected to accommodate mixed-use development and include condominium 
units, amenities such as pools, boardwalks, and restroom facilities, 
and light commercial outlets. Construction of the proposed projects 
will require excavation of or placement of fill in approximately 12.6 
acres of adjacent wetlands, bulkheads for shore protection, and 
dredging of waterbottoms.
    2. The ``Foley Land Cut'' (FLC) of the GIWW in Alabama extends from 
Wolf Bay in the east to Oyster Bay in the west. The authorization for 
the construction of this part of the GIWW was enacted in the Rivers and 
Harbors Act of July 3, 1930, as part of the Pensacola Bay to Mobile Bay 
segment of the GIWW. Easements for construction of the channel (9' x 
100' at that time) were acquired in the 1932 time frame, and the FLC 
part of the Pensacola Bay to Mobile Bay GIWW segment was completed 
(constructed) in 1934. The FLC is approximately 10 miles long with the 
Corps holding easements fronting the majority of the FLC and maintains 
disposal areas for Federal channel maintenance dredging. The property 
fronting the FLC historically has been developed for light industrial 
use to support the commercial waterways users. However, the western end 
of the land cut near Oyster Bay supports single family residences on 
the southern shore and a condominium marina complex (100 wet boat 
slips) located on the north shoreline. The majority of the FLC is now 
rezoned to marina resort from single residential family and/or light 
industrial use.
    3. Alternatives to the applicants' proposals may exist which would 
reduce impacts to the GIWW and surrounding aquatic environment. These 
could include reducing the number of boat slips associated with each 
development, restricting the number of boat slips in particular areas 
along the GIWW, pursuing alternate site layouts that may have less 
impacts on the aquatic environment.
    4. Scoping: a. The Corps invites full public participation to 
promote open communication on the issues surrounding the proposal. All 
Federal, State, and local agencies, and other persons or organizations 
that have an interest are urged to participate in the NEPA scoping 
process. Public meetings will be held to help identify significant 
issues and to receive public input and comment.
    b. The DEIS will analyze the potential social, economic, and 
environmental impacts to the local area resulting from the proposed 
project and alternatives. Specifically, the following major issues will 
be analyzed in the DEIS: Hydrologic and hydraulic regimes, threatened 
and endangered species, essential fish habitat and other marine 
habitat, air quality, cultural resources, wastewater treatment 
capacities and discharges, drainage discharges, transportation systems, 
alternatives, secondary and cumulative impacts, socioeconomic impacts, 
environmental justice (effect on minorities and low-income groups) 
(Executive Order 12898), and protection of children (Executive Order 
13045).
    c. The Corps will serve as the lead Federal agency in the 
preparation of the DEIS. It is anticipated that the following agencies 
will be invited and will accept cooperating agency status for the 
preparation of the DEIS: U.S. Environmental Protection agency, U.S. 
Department of the Interior--Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department 
of Commerce--National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Alabama 
Department of Environmental Management, Alabama Department of 
Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Department of 
Transportation, and Alabama State Historic Preservation Officer, City 
of Gulf Shores, and the City of Orange Beach.
    5. The first scoping meeting will be held in mid-June in Gulf 
Shores or Orange Beach, Alabama.

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    6. It is anticipated that the DEIS will be made available for 
public review in December 2006.

David S. Hobbie,
Chief, Regulatory Division.
[FR Doc. 06-4881 Filed 5-25-06; 8:45 am]
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