Availability of Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection Project-General Reevaluation Study: Borrow Sources for 2010-2044, Ocean City, MD, 52029-52030 [E8-20720]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 174 / Monday, September 8, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Availability for Non-Exclusive, Exclusive, or Partially Exclusive Licensing of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Concerning Ratchet Hook Tourniquet Department of the Army, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: In accordance with 37 CFR 404.6 and 404.7, announcement is made of the availability for licensing of the invention set forth in U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 61/ 090,042 entitled ‘‘Ratchet Hook Tourniquet,’’ filed August 19, 2008. The United States Government, as represented by the Secretary of the Army, has rights in this invention. ADDRESSES: Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, ATTN: Command Judge Advocate, MCMR-JA, 504 Scott Street, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702– 5012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For patent issues, Ms. Elizabeth Arwine, Patent Attorney, (301) 619–7808. For licensing issues, Dr. Paul Mele, Office of Research & Technology Assessment, (301) 619–6664, both at telefax (301) 619–5034. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The invention is an improvement of the traditional ratchet tourniquet used to stop uncontrollable bleeding from gunshot wounds and blast injuries to the arms and legs. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E8–20724 Filed 9–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Availability of Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection Project—General Reevaluation Study: Borrow Sources for 2010–2044, Ocean City, MD Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of availability. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), has prepared a VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:59 Sep 05, 2008 Jkt 214001 Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection Project (Atlantic Coast Project). The SEIS evaluated new borrow sources to provide sand for routine periodic beach nourishment of Ocean City, MD, for the years 2010–2044. Existing borrow sources in state waters are anticipated to be exhausted after about 2010. Between 6,800,000 and 15,000,000 cubic yards of sand would be needed through 2044, depending on future storm frequency and intensity. Three offshore shoals in Federal waters are proposed as sand sources: Weaver, Isle of Wight, and ‘‘A.’’ Sand may also be dredged from Shoal ‘‘B,’’ also known as Bass Grounds or First Lump, in the future, but only if its value as a fishing ground declines substantially. Guidelines to minimize long-term impacts to the offshore shoals were formulated in coordination with resource agency personnel and academic experts. Dredging would be conducted in accordance with these guidelines. Specific dredging plans would be developed in coordination with resource agencies prior to each beach nourishment cycle. Mr. Christopher Spaur by mail at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Attn: Mr. Christopher Spaur, CENAB– PL–P, P.O. Box 1715, Baltimore, MD 21203–1715; or electronically at christopher.c.spaur@usace.army.mil, or by telephone at (410) 962–6134 or (800) 295–1610. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Atlantic Coast Project is designed to provide coastal flood and erosion protection to Ocean City, MD against a 100-year storm on the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Coast of Maryland and Assateague Island Virginia Feasibility Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project was finalized in August 1980. Subsequent environmental documents were prepared for the project in 1989 (Atlantic Coast of Maryland Hurricane Protection Project Final General Design Memorandum, Book 1 Main Report and Environmental Assessment) and 1993 (Environmental Assessment for the Use of Borrow Area No. 9 as Part of the Periodic Renourishment and Maintenance of the Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection Project). The project was completed in 1994. Periodic nourishment and maintenance of the beach are required to maintain the design level of protection. Since 1998, a period of few severe storms, approximately 800,000 cubic yards of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52029 sand have been placed on Ocean City beach every four years. This Final SEIS documents findings of investigations conducted to select new borrow sources for the Atlantic Coast Project through the remainder of the project’s 50 year economic life. Studies to develop the borrow plan were conducted by USACE in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Minerals Management Service (MMS), Ocean City, and Worcester County. DNR is the cost-sharing non-Federal sponsor of the study with USACE; MMS is a cooperating agency. A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a General Reevaluation Report and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement was published in the Federal Register on October 21, 2003 (68 FR 60095). Coordination with resource agency personnel, academic experts, and fishermen was undertaken during plan formulation. The USEPA listed the draft SEIS among its weekly receipts in the Federal Register on July 6, 2007 (72 FR 37006). An NOA was published in the Federal Register on July 10, 2007 (72 FR 37518) by the Department of the Army announcing release of the draft SEIS for public and agency review. The comment period closed August 28, 2007. A public meeting for the draft SEIS was held in Ocean City on July 25th, 2007. Written and oral comments were received from resource agencies and the public. Principal among the agency comments concerned potential impacts on Assateague Island. Revisions were made to the draft SEIS to provide additional information to address these comments, as well as provide updates and correct minor information omissions. A summary of these revisions is provided in the final SEIS. Offshore shoals are the most appropriate sand sources for the project since these contain large quantities of suitable sand that can be cost-effectively obtained. Offshore shoal borrow sources in Federal waters that could provide up to 15,000,000 cubic yards of sand through 2044 were sought and identified. Three offshore shoals were selected and proposed as sand sources based on engineering, environmental, and economic screening criteria: Weaver, Isle of Wight, and ‘‘A.’’ Sand at Shoal ‘‘B,’’ also known as Bass Grounds or First Lump is engineeringly and economically suitable, however that shoal is currently an important fishing ground. Accordingly, Shoal ‘‘B’’ would not be utilized unless future reevaluation finds that its relative value as a fishing ground has declined substantially. Sub-areas on each shoal E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 52030 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 174 / Monday, September 8, 2008 / Notices were delineated based on suitability of sand for beach nourishment purposes. Dredging guidelines to minimize longterm impacts to the offshore shoals were formulated. No more than about 5% of the total volume of any shoal would be dredged. Dredging on any given shoal would avoid the crest, be conducted uniformly over a wide area, go no deeper than ambient seafloor depths, and preferentially dredge on the up and downdrift ends of the shoal if suitable sand is present there. This Final SEIS documents the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance for the proposed new offshore shoal borrow sources and supplements previous environmental documents. Printed and electronic copies of the Final SEIS can be obtained from Christopher Spaur. You may view the Final SEIS and related information on the worldwide web at: http:// www.nab.usace.army.mil/PN/ CivilWorks.htm. The Final SEIS has been prepared in accordance with (1) The National Environmental Policy Act (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 for implementing NEPA (ER–200–2–2). Christopher C. Spaur, Ecologist. [FR Doc. E8–20720 Filed 9–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–41–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Shoreline Protection for Flagler County, FL Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. Cooperating Agency: City of Flagler Beach, Flagler Beach, Florida. ACTION: Notice of intent. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps (Corps) of Engineers intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for protection of 18-Miles of coastal shoreline in Flagler County, FL. The project is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (lead Federal agency) and City of Flagler Beach (non-Federal sponsor and cooperating agency). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:59 Sep 05, 2008 Jkt 214001 Ms. C. L. Brooks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, Planning Division, Environmental Section, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32207. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: C. L. Brooks at (904) 232–2130. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for the proposed study is House Resolution 2676 adopted May 22, 2002. A Reconnaissance Report completed in March 2004 by the Corps, concluded based on preliminary findings, there was a federal interest in pursuing shoreline protection for Flagler County, FL. Alternatives: Project’s alternatives include no action and various levels of protection along approximately 18 miles of coastal shoreline with substantial critically eroded areas. In addition to various levels of beach nourishment and periodic renourishment, the Corps will consider other management measures such as nearshore placement of sand, breakwaters, submerged artificial reef, groins, revetments, seawalls, dunes/ vegetation, change to the Coastal Construction Control Line, relocation of structures, moratorium on construction, establish a no-growth program, relocation of structures, flood proofing of structures, and condemnation of structures with land acquisition. Issues: The EIS will consider impacts on hardbottom communities, sea grasses, protected species, shore impacts, health and safety, water quality, aesthetics and recreation, fish and wildlife resources, cultural resources, energy conservation, socioeconomic resources, navigation, and other impacts identified through scoping, public involvement and interagency coordination. Scoping: The scoping process will involve Federal, State, County and municipal agencies and other interested persons and organizations. Any public or agency scoping meeting will be announced separately from this notice. Public Involvement: We invite the participation of affected Federal, State and local agencies, affected NativeAmerican Tribes, and other interested private organizations and individuals. There will be a public meeting on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement following its preparation. The date, time, and location will be announced. Coordination: The proposed action is being coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) [under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and the Fish and Wildlife and Coordination Act] and with the National Marine Fisheries Service [under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Conservation and Management Act (on Essential Fish Habitat) and Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act]. The proposed action is also being coordinated with the Florida State Historic Preservation Officer, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Other Environmental Review and Consultation: The proposed action would involve evaluation for compliance with guidelines pursuant to Section 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act, water quality certification (application to the State of Florida) pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, certification of state lands, easements, and rights-of-way, and determination of Coastal Zone Management Act Consistency. Agency Role: As the cooperating agency, non-Federal sponsor and leading local expert, the City of Flagler Beach will provide information and assistance on the resources to be impacted, mitigation measures and alternatives. Other agencies having either regulatory authority or special expertise may also be invited to become a cooperating agency in preparation of the EIS. Draft EIS Preparation: It is anticipated that the Draft EIS will be available to the public by December 2010. As the study and EIS develop, additional information will be posted under Flagler County on the Jacksonville District’s Environmental Documents Web page at: http://planning.saj.usace.army.mil/ envdocs/envdocsb.htm. The status of any Florida Department of Environmental Protection application submitted for permit of this action will be posted on the Internet at: http:// www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/permitting/ permits.htm. Dated: August 26, 2008. Eric P. Summa, Acting Chief, Environmental Branch. [FR Doc. E8–20722 Filed 9–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–AJ–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee; Meeting Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with Section 5018 (b) of the Water Resources Act of 2007, announcement is made of the following committee meeting: E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Availability of Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 
for Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection Project--General 
Reevaluation Study: Borrow Sources for 2010-2044, Ocean City, 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 Baltimore District, U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers (USACE), has prepared a Final Supplemental 
Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Atlantic Coast of 
Maryland Shoreline Protection Project (Atlantic Coast Project). The 
SEIS evaluated new borrow sources to provide sand for routine periodic 
beach nourishment of Ocean City, MD, for the years 2010-2044. Existing 
borrow sources in state waters are anticipated to be exhausted after 
about 2010.
    Between 6,800,000 and 15,000,000 cubic yards of sand would be 
needed through 2044, depending on future storm frequency and intensity. 
Three offshore shoals in Federal waters are proposed as sand sources: 
Weaver, Isle of Wight, and ``A.'' Sand may also be dredged from Shoal 
``B,'' also known as Bass Grounds or First Lump, in the future, but 
only if its value as a fishing ground declines substantially. 
Guidelines to minimize long-term impacts to the offshore shoals were 
formulated in coordination with resource agency personnel and academic 
experts. Dredging would be conducted in accordance with these 
guidelines. Specific dredging plans would be developed in coordination 
with resource agencies prior to each beach nourishment cycle.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Christopher Spaur by mail at U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Attn: Mr. Christopher 
Spaur, CENAB-PL-P, P.O. Box 1715, Baltimore, MD 21203-1715; or 
electronically at christopher.c.spaur@usace.army.mil, or by telephone 
at (410) 962-6134 or (800) 295-1610.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Atlantic Coast Project is designed to 
provide coastal flood and erosion protection to Ocean City, MD against 
a 100-year storm on the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Coast of Maryland 
and Assateague Island Virginia Feasibility Report and Final 
Environmental Impact Statement for the project was finalized in August 
1980. Subsequent environmental documents were prepared for the project 
in 1989 (Atlantic Coast of Maryland Hurricane Protection Project Final 
General Design Memorandum, Book 1 Main Report and Environmental 
Assessment) and 1993 (Environmental Assessment for the Use of Borrow 
Area No. 9 as Part of the Periodic Renourishment and Maintenance of the 
Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection Project). The project 
was completed in 1994. Periodic nourishment and maintenance of the 
beach are required to maintain the design level of protection. Since 
1998, a period of few severe storms, approximately 800,000 cubic yards 
of sand have been placed on Ocean City beach every four years.
    This Final SEIS documents findings of investigations conducted to 
select new borrow sources for the Atlantic Coast Project through the 
remainder of the project's 50 year economic life. Studies to develop 
the borrow plan were conducted by USACE in partnership with the 
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Minerals Management 
Service (MMS), Ocean City, and Worcester County. DNR is the cost-
sharing non-Federal sponsor of the study with USACE; MMS is a 
cooperating agency. A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a General 
Reevaluation Report and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement was 
published in the Federal Register on October 21, 2003 (68 FR 60095). 
Coordination with resource agency personnel, academic experts, and 
fishermen was undertaken during plan formulation. The USEPA listed the 
draft SEIS among its weekly receipts in the Federal Register on July 6, 
2007 (72 FR 37006). An NOA was published in the Federal Register on 
July 10, 2007 (72 FR 37518) by the Department of the Army announcing 
release of the draft SEIS for public and agency review. The comment 
period closed August 28, 2007. A public meeting for the draft SEIS was 
held in Ocean City on July 25th, 2007. Written and oral comments were 
received from resource agencies and the public. Principal among the 
agency comments concerned potential impacts on Assateague Island. 
Revisions were made to the draft SEIS to provide additional information 
to address these comments, as well as provide updates and correct minor 
information omissions. A summary of these revisions is provided in the 
final SEIS.
    Offshore shoals are the most appropriate sand sources for the 
project since these contain large quantities of suitable sand that can 
be cost-effectively obtained. Offshore shoal borrow sources in Federal 
waters that could provide up to 15,000,000 cubic yards of sand through 
2044 were sought and identified. Three offshore shoals were selected 
and proposed as sand sources based on engineering, environmental, and 
economic screening criteria: Weaver, Isle of Wight, and ``A.'' Sand at 
Shoal ``B,'' also known as Bass Grounds or First Lump is engineeringly 
and economically suitable, however that shoal is currently an important 
fishing ground. Accordingly, Shoal ``B'' would not be utilized unless 
future reevaluation finds that its relative value as a fishing ground 
has declined substantially. Sub-areas on each shoal

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were delineated based on suitability of sand for beach nourishment 
purposes.
    Dredging guidelines to minimize long-term impacts to the offshore 
shoals were formulated. No more than about 5% of the total volume of 
any shoal would be dredged. Dredging on any given shoal would avoid the 
crest, be conducted uniformly over a wide area, go no deeper than 
ambient seafloor depths, and preferentially dredge on the up and 
downdrift ends of the shoal if suitable sand is present there.
    This Final SEIS documents the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) compliance for the proposed new offshore shoal borrow sources 
and supplements previous environmental documents. Printed and 
electronic copies of the Final SEIS can be obtained from Christopher 
Spaur. You may view the Final SEIS and related information on the 
worldwide web at: http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/PN/CivilWorks.htm.
    The Final SEIS has been prepared in accordance with (1) The 
National Environmental Policy Act (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 for implementing NEPA (ER-200-2-2).

Christopher C. Spaur,
Ecologist.
[FR Doc. E8-20720 Filed 9-5-08; 8:45 am]
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