Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Nourishment of 7.25 Miles of Beach, the Repositioning of the New River Inlet Channel, and the Implementation of an Inlet Management Plan, in North Topsail Beach, Onslow County, NC, 59498-59499 [06-8562]

Download as PDF 59498 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 10, 2006 / Notices any other additional payment for fuel is already in existence. 2. Percentage: Please see the table included to the Attachment to this policy for a demonstration of the percentage amount of the FRA for applicable shipments. the carrier would be entitled to an FRA of 7% of the line-haul rate. [FR Doc. E6–16685 Filed 10–6–06; 8:45 am] H. Billing Procedures Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Carriers will clearly show fuel price adjustments on all paper and electronic commercial freight bills and Bills of Lading and invoices. The amount of any diesel fuel rate surcharge must be shown as a separate item on the carrier’s invoice. Regulatory Flexibility Act This action is not considered rulemaking within the meaning of Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601– 612. BILLING CODE 3710–08–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Nourishment of 7.25 Miles of Beach, the Repositioning of the New River Inlet Channel, and the Implementation of an Inlet Management Plan, in North Topsail Beach, Onslow County, NC Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Wilmington District, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office has The Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 received an amendment to the request U.S.C. 3051 et seq., does not apply for Department of the Army because no information collection or authorization, pursuant to Section 404 record keeping requirements are of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 imposed on contractors, offerors or of the Rivers and Harbors Act, from the members of the public. town of North Topsail Beach to nourish approximately 7.25 miles of shoreline. David R. McClean, The modification will include an Colonel, U.S. Army, Deputy Chief of Staff additional 3.85 miles of beachfront to for Strategy, Plans, Policy and Programs. protect residential homes and town Attachment infrastructures located along the south section of the Town limits. The The table below demonstrates the percentage of the line-haul rate SDDC will proposed sources of material for the pay at a given fuel cost given a $2.50 addition will be dredged from the same baseline. Should the baseline differ at any offshore borrow area as described in the time, the same principle applies simply with original 7.25 mile plan. The placement a different starting point for calculating the of beach fill along the Town’s southern percent adjustment. The table ends at $4.40, shoreline would result in the initial but the same principle applies to fuel costs widening of the beach 75 to 1590 feet above that dollar amount. seaward, depending on the final design volume and foreshore slopes that the fill Rate adjustment Cost per gallon assumes during construction. (percent) The 3.85 miles of shoreline are 250.0 and below ............. 0 located at the southern end of North 251.1—260.0 .................. 1 Topsail Beach. Unlike the original 7.25 260.1—270.0 .................. 2 miles of proposed nourishment, the 270.1—280.0 .................. 3 additional section is outside the Coastal 280.1—290.0 .................. 4 Barrier Resource System (CBRS) 290.1—300.0 .................. 5 designation; therefore, it is not subject 300.1—310.0 .................. 6 310.1—320.0 .................. 7 to the expenditure of Federal funding 320.1—330.0 .................. 8 restrictions associated with the Coastal 330.1—340.0 .................. 9 Barrier Resource Act of 1982 and the 340.1—350.0 .................. 10 coastal Barrier Improvement Act of 350.1—360.0 .................. 11 1990. This south section, or stretch, of 360.1—370.0 .................. 12 shoreline is currently being considered 370.1—380.0 .................. 13 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 380.1—390.0 .................. 14 a federal shoreline protection project. 400.1—410.0 .................. 15 Due to delays to complete the federal 410.1—420.0 .................. 16 420.1—430.0 .................. 17 plan formulation process, the North 430.1—440.0 .................. 18 Topsail Beach Board of Alderman voted to include the 3.85 mile section in the non-federal 7.25 mile section that is For example, if the reported DOE, EIA National Average diesel fuel price is $3.15 currently under review pursuant to the jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Paperwork Reduction Act VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:42 Oct 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) procedures. The decision to include the south section in the present EIS process is intended to act as interim or emergency beach fill by preserving existing development and infrastructure along the 3.85 miles of shoreline while the federal plan formulation continues. The original Notice of Intent was published on May 19, 2005 (70 FR 28924) with a commenting deadline of June 21, 2005. DATES: Written comments for this project amendment or modification must be provided by November 10, 2006. ADDRESSES: Copies of comments and questions regarding the inclusion of the additional 3.85 miles of nourishment may be addressed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Regulatory Division. Attn: File Number 2004–344–067, Post Office Box 1890, Wilmington, NC 28402–1890. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed amendment and DEIS can be directed to Mr. Mickey Sugg, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office, telephone: (910) 251–4811. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Description. The formulation of the federal storm damage reduction project for the southern 3.85 miles of North Topsail Beach by the Corps of Engineers is based on the condition of the shoreline that existed in 2002. Corps of Engineers guidance for the design of the emergency beach fill in the South Section indicated that the volume of material should be based on: (1) Restoring the 2002 shoreline condition and (2) providing advanced nourishment sufficient to maintain the 2002 shoreline condition until the federal storm damage reduction project is implemented (estimated timeframe 6 to 8 years). The volume of material necessary to achieve the project objective will range between 500,000 and 1,000,000 cubic years. The material would be distributed along the 3.85 mile shoreline in the form of a horizontal beach berm at elevation +7.0 NGVD (National Geodetic Vertical Datum). The berm would begin near the seaward toe of the existing dune system and would extend 75 to 150 feet seaward depending on the final design volume and foreshore slopes that the fill assumes during construction. 2. Proposed Action. The scope of activities for the proposed emergency beach fill project includes: (a) Additional vibracores in the borrow area, (b) side scan sonar surveys of the ocean bottom just offshore of the South Section, (c) in-water investigations of E:\FR\FM\10OCN1.SGM 10OCN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 10, 2006 / Notices potential near shore hard bottom resources identified by the side scan sonar survey, and (d) beach profile surveys. The boundaries of the borrow area will take into consideration the location and extent of hard bottom resources identified by side scan sonar and seismic surveys and in-water observations conducted in connection with the planning and design of the northern 7.25 mile beach nourishment project. A magnetometer survey will be conducted in the borrow area. Any historically significant archaeological artifacts located by the magnetometer surveys and verified through field investigations will be avoided. A final compatibility analysis of the material in the borrow area with the native beach material will be performed following the refinement of the boundaries of the borrow area. 3. Issues. There are several potential environmental issues that will be addressed in the EIS. Issues initially identified as potentially significant include: a. Potential impact to marine biological resources (benthic organisms, passageway for fish and other marine life) and Essential fish Habitat, particularly Hard Bottoms. b. Potential impact to threatened and endangered marine mammals, birds, fish, and plants. c. Potential impacts to water quality. d. Potential increase in erosion rats to adjacent Onslow Beach. e. Potential effects on military training on U.S. Marine Corps Camp Lejeune Base. f. Potential impacts to Navigation, commercial and recreational. g. Potential impacts to the long-term management of New River Inlet. h. Potential impacts to private and public property. i. Cumulative impacts of Inlet and Inlet channel relocations throughout North Carolina. j. Cumulative impacts for using inlets as sand source in nourishment projects. k. Potential impacts on public health and safety. l. Potential impacts to recreational and commercial fishing. m. The compatibility of the material for nourishment. n. Potential economic impacts. 4. Alternatives. Several alternatives, including various borrow areas, are being considered for the 11.1 miles of shoreline. These alternatives are being further formulated and developed during the scoping process and an appropriate range of alternatives, including the no federal action alternative, will be considered in the EIS. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:42 Oct 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 5. Scoping Process. A public scoping meeting was held on June 7, 2005, and Project Delivery Team (PDT) meetings are continuing on a periodic basis. The release of the Draft EIS is expected sometime in early 2007. The COE will also be consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and with the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Magnuson-Stevens Act and Endangered Species Act. Additionally, the EIS will assess the potential water quality impacts pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, and will be coordinated with the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (DCM) to determine the projects consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Act. The COE will closely work with DCM through the EIS to ensure the process complies with all State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements. It is the COE and DCM’s intentions to consolidate both NEPA and SEPA processes to eliminate duplications. 6. Availability of the Draft EIS. The Draft EIS is expected to be published and circulated sometime in early 2007, and a public hearing will be held after the publication of the Draft EIS. Dated: October 6, 2006. John E. Pulliam, Jr., Colonel, U.S. Army, District Commander. [FR Doc. 06–8562 Filed 10–6–06; 8:45 am BILLING CODE 3710–GN–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a Permit Application for the Carryover Storage and San Vicente Dam Raise Project, San Diego County, CA Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent (NOI). AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Los Angeles District, has received an application for a Department of the Army permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act from the San Diego County Water Authority (Water Authority) to construct the San Vicente Carryover Storage Project (Proposed Action). As part of the permit process, and in conjunction with the Water Authority, the Corps is evaluating the environmental effects associated with raising San Vicente Dam beyond PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59499 the permitted height of the Emergency Storage Project (ESP), to provide additional reservoir capacity for carryover storage. The primary Federal involvement associated with the Proposed Action is the discharge of fill materials (including permanent inundation) within Federal jurisdictional areas and waters of the United States. In addition, the Proposed Action could have potential significant effects on the human environment. Therefore, the Corps will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to render a final decision on the Water Authority’s permit application. The Corps decision will be to either issue or deny a Department of the Army permit for the Proposed Action. The EIS will be prepared as a joint document. Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Water Authority will serve as Lead Agency for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Corps and Water Authority have agreed to jointly prepare a Draft EIS/EIR for the Proposed Action to optimize efficiency and avoid duplication. The Draft EIS/EIR is intended to be sufficient in scope to address Federal, state, and local requirements and environmental issues concerning the Proposed Action and permit approvals. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the Proposed Action and Draft EIS/EIR can be answered by Mr. Robert R. Smith, Corps Regulatory Project Manager, by telephone at (858) 674–6784 or by e-mail at robert.r.smith@usace.army.mil. Written comments should be addressed to both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rancho Bernardo Branch Office, Attn: File Number 200601015–RRS, 16885 West Bernardo Drive, Suite 300A, San Diego, CA 92127, and to Ms. Kelley Gage, Senior Water Resources Specialist, San Diego County Water Authority, 4677 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123. Information about the Proposed Action and Draft EIS/EIR can also be obtained from the Water Authority’s Web site at http:// www.sdcwa.org. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Site and Background Information. The Proposed Action is located at the existing San Vicente Reservoir in the unincorporated area of San Diego County, north of Lakeside. The site is within the USGS 7.5’ San Vicente Reservoir Quadrangle, Sections 13, 14, 25, and 36, Township 14 South, Range 1 West; and Sections 16–20, 23, E:\FR\FM\10OCN1.SGM 10OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (DEIS) for the Nourishment of 7.25 Miles of Beach, the 
Repositioning of the New River Inlet Channel, and the Implementation of 
an Inlet Management Plan, in North Topsail Beach, Onslow County, NC

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

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Wilmington District, 
Wilmington Regulatory Field Office has received an amendment to the 
request for Department of the Army authorization, pursuant to Section 
404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors 
Act, from the town of North Topsail Beach to nourish approximately 7.25 
miles of shoreline. The modification will include an additional 3.85 
miles of beachfront to protect residential homes and town 
infrastructures located along the south section of the Town limits. The 
proposed sources of material for the addition will be dredged from the 
same offshore borrow area as described in the original 7.25 mile plan. 
The placement of beach fill along the Town's southern shoreline would 
result in the initial widening of the beach 75 to 1590 feet seaward, 
depending on the final design volume and foreshore slopes that the fill 
assumes during construction.
    The 3.85 miles of shoreline are located at the southern end of 
North Topsail Beach. Unlike the original 7.25 miles of proposed 
nourishment, the additional section is outside the Coastal Barrier 
Resource System (CBRS) designation; therefore, it is not subject to the 
expenditure of Federal funding restrictions associated with the Coastal 
Barrier Resource Act of 1982 and the coastal Barrier Improvement Act of 
1990. This south section, or stretch, of shoreline is currently being 
considered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a federal shoreline 
protection project. Due to delays to complete the federal plan 
formulation process, the North Topsail Beach Board of Alderman voted to 
include the 3.85 mile section in the non-federal 7.25 mile section that 
is currently under review pursuant to the Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) procedures. The decision to include the south section 
in the present EIS process is intended to act as interim or emergency 
beach fill by preserving existing development and infrastructure along 
the 3.85 miles of shoreline while the federal plan formulation 
continues.
    The original Notice of Intent was published on May 19, 2005 (70 FR 
28924) with a commenting deadline of June 21, 2005.

DATES: Written comments for this project amendment or modification must 
be provided by November 10, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Copies of comments and questions regarding the inclusion of 
the additional 3.85 miles of nourishment may be addressed to: U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Regulatory Division. Attn: 
File Number 2004-344-067, Post Office Box 1890, Wilmington, NC 28402-
1890.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed amendment 
and DEIS can be directed to Mr. Mickey Sugg, Wilmington Regulatory 
Field Office, telephone: (910) 251-4811.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Description. The formulation of 
the federal storm damage reduction project for the southern 3.85 miles 
of North Topsail Beach by the Corps of Engineers is based on the 
condition of the shoreline that existed in 2002. Corps of Engineers 
guidance for the design of the emergency beach fill in the South 
Section indicated that the volume of material should be based on: (1) 
Restoring the 2002 shoreline condition and (2) providing advanced 
nourishment sufficient to maintain the 2002 shoreline condition until 
the federal storm damage reduction project is implemented (estimated 
timeframe 6 to 8 years). The volume of material necessary to achieve 
the project objective will range between 500,000 and 1,000,000 cubic 
years. The material would be distributed along the 3.85 mile shoreline 
in the form of a horizontal beach berm at elevation +7.0 NGVD (National 
Geodetic Vertical Datum). The berm would begin near the seaward toe of 
the existing dune system and would extend 75 to 150 feet seaward 
depending on the final design volume and foreshore slopes that the fill 
assumes during construction.
    2. Proposed Action. The scope of activities for the proposed 
emergency beach fill project includes: (a) Additional vibracores in the 
borrow area, (b) side scan sonar surveys of the ocean bottom just 
offshore of the South Section, (c) in-water investigations of

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potential near shore hard bottom resources identified by the side scan 
sonar survey, and (d) beach profile surveys. The boundaries of the 
borrow area will take into consideration the location and extent of 
hard bottom resources identified by side scan sonar and seismic surveys 
and in-water observations conducted in connection with the planning and 
design of the northern 7.25 mile beach nourishment project. A 
magnetometer survey will be conducted in the borrow area. Any 
historically significant archaeological artifacts located by the 
magnetometer surveys and verified through field investigations will be 
avoided. A final compatibility analysis of the material in the borrow 
area with the native beach material will be performed following the 
refinement of the boundaries of the borrow area.
    3. Issues. There are several potential environmental issues that 
will be addressed in the EIS. Issues initially identified as 
potentially significant include:
    a. Potential impact to marine biological resources (benthic 
organisms, passageway for fish and other marine life) and Essential 
fish Habitat, particularly Hard Bottoms.
    b. Potential impact to threatened and endangered marine mammals, 
birds, fish, and plants.
    c. Potential impacts to water quality.
    d. Potential increase in erosion rats to adjacent Onslow Beach.
    e. Potential effects on military training on U.S. Marine Corps Camp 
Lejeune Base.
    f. Potential impacts to Navigation, commercial and recreational.
    g. Potential impacts to the long-term management of New River 
Inlet.
    h. Potential impacts to private and public property.
    i. Cumulative impacts of Inlet and Inlet channel relocations 
throughout North Carolina.
    j. Cumulative impacts for using inlets as sand source in 
nourishment projects.
    k. Potential impacts on public health and safety.
    l. Potential impacts to recreational and commercial fishing.
    m. The compatibility of the material for nourishment.
    n. Potential economic impacts.
    4. Alternatives. Several alternatives, including various borrow 
areas, are being considered for the 11.1 miles of shoreline. These 
alternatives are being further formulated and developed during the 
scoping process and an appropriate range of alternatives, including the 
no federal action alternative, will be considered in the EIS.
    5. Scoping Process. A public scoping meeting was held on June 7, 
2005, and Project Delivery Team (PDT) meetings are continuing on a 
periodic basis. The release of the Draft EIS is expected sometime in 
early 2007.
    The COE will also be consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service under the Endangered Species Act and the Fish and Wildlife 
Coordination Act, and with the National Marine Fisheries Service under 
the Magnuson-Stevens Act and Endangered Species Act. Additionally, the 
EIS will assess the potential water quality impacts pursuant to Section 
401 of the Clean Water Act, and will be coordinated with the North 
Carolina Division of Coastal Management (DCM) to determine the projects 
consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Act. The COE will closely 
work with DCM through the EIS to ensure the process complies with all 
State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements. It is the COE and 
DCM's intentions to consolidate both NEPA and SEPA processes to 
eliminate duplications.
    6. Availability of the Draft EIS. The Draft EIS is expected to be 
published and circulated sometime in early 2007, and a public hearing 
will be held after the publication of the Draft EIS.

    Dated: October 6, 2006.
John E. Pulliam, Jr.,
Colonel, U.S. Army, District Commander.
[FR Doc. 06-8562 Filed 10-6-06; 8:45 am
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