Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study, 57340-57342 [E8-23219]

Download as PDF mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 57340 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 192 / Thursday, October 2, 2008 / Notices restoration components into a single, comprehensive strategy. DATES: In order to be considered in the Draft EIS (DEIS), comments and suggestions should be received no later than 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register . ADDRESSES: Send written comments to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District, ATTN: Cindy S. Barger, Project Manager, Civil and Public Works Branch (CEPOH–PP–C), Room 311, Building 230, Fort Shafter, HI 96858– 5440. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or comments concerning the proposed action should be addressed to Ms. Cindy S. Barger, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District, Civil and Public Works Branch, Building 230, Fort Shafter, HI 96858– 5440, Telephone: (808) 438–6940, Email: Cindy.S.Barger@poh01.usace.army.mil, or Mr. Carty Chang, Project Planning and Management Branch Chief, State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Engineering Division, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 221, Honolulu, HI 96813, telephone (808) 587–0227, Email: carty.s.chang@hawaii.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A preliminary assessment of this federally funded action indicates that the project may cause significant impacts on the environment. As a result, it has been determined that the preparation and review of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is needed for this project. The EIS and Feasibility Study for the Ala Wai Canal Project are being conducted concurrently. The EIS will evaluate potential impacts to the natural, physical, and human environment as a result of implementing any of the proposed alternatives that are developed by this project. This project will be implemented under Section 209 of the Flood Control Act of 1962 (Pub. L. 87–874), for the purpose of flood mitigation and ecosystem restoration in the Ala Wai Canal Watershed, which consists of the sub-watersheds of Makiki, Manoa, Palolo, and Waikiki. The USACE will work with the affected community and the sponsoring local organization, the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, to develop an acceptable plan to address the flood and ecosystem problems. The 11,069-acre Ala Wai Canal Watershed is located in the southern portion of the island of Oahu. The Watershed is highly urbanized, with approximately 1,746 structures within the designated 100-year floodplain. There is a high potential for massive VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:52 Oct 01, 2008 Jkt 217001 flood damage to the densely populated and economically critical area of Waikiki and the adjacent neighborhoods of McCully and Moiliili. Additionally, flooding frequently occurs in lower Makiki and recently in the central Manoa Valley, causing damages to businesses, homes, and academic facilities. There is also significant environmental degradation of the streams and waterways, including heavy sedimentation, poor water quality, lack of habitat for native species, and a prevalence of alien species. Goals of the Ala Wai Canal Project are to (1) Protect the entire Ala Wai Canal Watershed from the 100-year flood event, (2) improve the migratory pathway for native amphidromous species, (3) reduce sediment buildup in the streams and Ala Wai Canal, (4) enhance the physical quality of existing aquatic habitat for native species, and (5) improve water quality. Anticipated significant issues identified to date and to be addressed in the EIS include: (1) Impacts on flooding, (2) impacts on stream hydraulics, (3) impacts on fish and wildlife resources and habitats, (4) impacts on recreation and recreational facilities, and (5) other impacts identified by the Public, agencies, or USACE studies. A full range of possible programs and actions will be considered in order to meet the project goals. Currently under consideration are dredging, detention basins, flood walls, debris basins and other debris management actions, bridge modification, flood-proofing structures within the flood plain, diversion of flood waters, flood warning systems, widening of channels, acquisition of properties within the floodplain, maintenance easements, and a drainage district. Ecosystem restoration measures currently under consideration include low-flow channels, creating more natural stream channels, constructed wetlands, trash separators, sediment interceptors, daylighting the stream, increasing or decreasing shade as necessary, reducing the pig population, and stream bank stabilization. As hydrologic, hydraulic, and biological analyses are performed and stakeholder consultations are conducted, additional concepts may be developed. Evaluation of all of the alternatives will take into account minimization of adverse impacts to social resources, economics, aesthetics, recreation, historic and cultural resources, and native species habitat. Flood hazard reduction alternatives will additionally take into account a cost-benefit analysis and ability to complement ecosystem restoration measures. Evaluation of the ecosystem restoration alternatives will PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 be based on the areas of habitat they create, improve, or provide access to, as well as their ability to complement flood hazard reduction measures. A DEIS will be prepared and circulated for review by agencies and the public. The USACE and DLNR invite participation and consultation of agencies and individuals that have special expertise, legal jurisdiction, or interest in the preparation of the DEIS. The DLNR will be issuing a state-level Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice (EISPN) pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 343. All written and verbal comments received in response to this Notice of Intent and the State EISPN will be considered when determining the scope of the EIS. To the extent practicable, NEPA and HRS 343 requirements will be coordinated in the preparation of the EIS document. A public scoping meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at the Washington Middle School Cafeteria at 1633 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. to determine the scope of analysis of the proposed action. The scoping meeting will also be announced in local media. Interested parties are encouraged to express their views during the scoping process and throughout the development of the alternatives and EIS. To be most helpful, comments should clearly describe specific environmental topics or issues which the commenter believes the document should address. Further information on the proposed action or the scoping meeting may be obtained from Cindy S. Barger, Project Manager, at (see ADDRESSES). The DEIS should be available for public review in early 2010, subject to the receipt of federal funding. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E8–23221 Filed 10–1–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–NN–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Corps of Engineers (Corps) intends to prepare an E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 192 / Thursday, October 2, 2008 / Notices Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MRGO) Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study within the Middle and Lower Pontchartrain Basin and areas of southern Mississippi. The Corps will evaluate a full range of comprehensive restoration measures to restore important estuarine components and ecosystem processes within the areas affected by the MRGO navigation channel and assess the impacts associated with implementing the plan. The MRGO was authorized by Congress in 1956 as a Federal navigation channel to provide a direct route between the Port of New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. Construction began in 1958 and was completed in 1968 to authorized dimensions (36-foot depth by 500-foot width: 38-foot depth by 600-foot bottom width in Bar Channel). Construction of the MRGO channel created a direct deep water link between the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal and the Gulf of Mexico allowing higher salinity waters to enter Lake Borgne and Lake Pontchartrain estuaries. Construction resulted in direct wetland losses, damages to the Bayou LaLoutre Ridge and alteration of the adjacent landscape and hydrology by placement of dredge material adjacent to the channel in upland confined disposal facilities. Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005, the MRGO navigation channel has not been maintained. A June closure plan and accompanying Legislative EIS and Record of Decision titled ‘‘Integrated Final Report to Congress and Legislative Environmental Impact Statement for the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Deep-Draft De-Authorization Study’’ was signed on June 5, 2008, officially deauthorizing the MRGO navigation channel (from the Gulf of Mexico to Mile 60 at the southern bank of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway) and authorizing construction of a closure structure at the south ridge of Bayou LaLoutre in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana and development of plan to restore the areas affected by the MRGO Navigation channel. DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for scoping meeting dates. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) should be addressed to Ms. Sandra Stiles at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CEMVNPM–RS, P.O. Box 60267, New Orleans, LA 70160–0267, phone (504) 862–1583, fax number (504) 862–2088 or by e-mail at sandra.e.stiles@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:52 Oct 01, 2008 Jkt 217001 1. Authority: Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Sections 7012 and 7013 authorized the Corps to develop a comprehensive closure and restoration plan, at full Federal expense, to de-authorize deep-draft navigation on the MRGO, Louisiana, extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) and develop a restoration plan. 2. Proposed Action. The Corps will develop a comprehensive ecosystem restoration plan to restore the areas affected by the MRGO navigation channel to include: (1) Physically modifying the MRGO channel and restoring areas affected by the channel; (2) restoring natural ecosystem features to reduce damage from storm surge; (3) measures preventing saltwater intrusion into the waterway; (4) measures protecting, restoring or increasing wetlands to prevent saltwater intrusion or storm surge; (5) measures reducing risk of storm damage to communities by preventing or reducing wetland losses or restoring wetlands in areas affected by navigation, oil and gas and other manmade channels; (6) diversions to restore the Lake Borgne Ecosystem. 3. Alternatives. Restoration measures being considered include physical modification and restoration of the MRGO navigation channel, freshwater, sediment and nutrient introduction; shoreline protection and bank stabilization; restoration and protection of natural ridges; barrier island protection and restoration; wetland protection, creation and restoration; water control measures (gates, weirs, sills, plugs, etc.); measures to increase native vegetation; restoration of natural features to reduce storm surge. Once restoration measures are identified, alternative plans will be developed through various combinations of restoration measures that best meet the study goals and objectives and are determined to be cost-effective, environmentally acceptable and technically feasible. Some measures may also be recommended for implementation under other authorities. 4. Public Involvement. Stakeholder and public involvement for this proposed action is integral to the project. Interested parties, concerned citizens, and other State and Federal agencies, private and not-for-profit or non-governmental organizations are strongly encouraged to participate in the development of the proposed action. Stakeholder and public meetings would be held throughout project development. Meeting announcements would be made as information becomes available. PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57341 5. Public Scoping Meeting. Scoping is the process utilized for determining the range of alternatives and significant issues to be addressed in the EIS. For this study, a letter will be mailed to all parties believed to have an interest in the analysis. The letter will notify interested parties of public scoping meetings that will be held in the local area and request their input on alternatives and issues to be evaluated. Notices will also be mailed to local news media. All interested parties are invited to comment at this time, and anyone interested in this study should request inclusion in the study mailing list. A public scoping meeting will be held November 3, 2008 from 6–9 p.m. in Chalmette, Louisiana and November 6, 2008 from 6–9 p.m. in Waveland, Mississippi. The exact location and address for the meetings will be announced through local media channels. Additional meetings could be held, depending upon public interest and if it is determined that further public coordination is warranted. 6. Significant Issues. The tentative list of important resources and issues that will be evaluated in the EIS include but are not limited to tidal wetlands (marshes and swamps), barrier islands, aquatic resources, commercial and recreational fisheries, wildlife resources, essential fish habitat, water quality, air quality, threatened and endangered species and critical habitat, recreation resources, and cultural resources. Socioeconomic items to be evaluated in the EIS include navigation; flood protection; business and industrial activity; oil and gas pipelines; employment; land use; property values; public/community facilities and services; tax revenues; population, community and regional growth; transportation; housing; community cohesion; environmental justice, aesthetics and noise. 7. Environmental Consultation and Review. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will assist in documenting existing conditions and assessing effects of project alternatives through the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act consultation procedures. The USFWS will provide a Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act report. Consultation will be accomplished with the USFWS and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) concerning threatened and endangered species and their critical habitat. The NMFS will be consulted regarding the effects of this proposed action on Essential Fish Habitat. The draft EIS or a notice of its availability will be distributed to all interested E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 57342 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 192 / Thursday, October 2, 2008 / Notices Individuals or interested groups interested may submit written statements for consideration by the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel at any time or in response to the agenda of a scheduled meeting. All Dated: September 23, 2008. requests must be submitted to the Alvin B. Lee, Designated Federal Officer at the Colonel, U.S. Army, District Engineer. address detailed below. [FR Doc. E8–23219 Filed 10–1–08; 8:45 am] If the written statement is in response BILLING CODE 3710–84–P to the agenda mentioned in this meeting notice then the statement, if it is to be considered by the Panel for this DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE meeting, must be received at least five days prior to the meeting in question. 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October 27, 2008, from 9:30 a.m. to SUMMARY: The Acting Director, 11:30 a.m. Information Collection Clearance ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Division, Regulatory Information the Center for Naval Analysis Management Services, Office of Boardroom, 4825 Mark Center Drive, Management, invites comments on the Alexandria, VA 22311. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CDR proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork David Di Tallo, CNO Executive Panel, 4825 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, VA Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Interested persons are invited to 22311, telephone: 703–681–4908. submit comments on or before SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant December1, 2008. to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of U.S.C. App.), these matters constitute 1995 (44 U.S.C. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 
Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The Corps of Engineers (Corps) intends to prepare an

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Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mississippi River-Gulf 
Outlet (MRGO) Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study within the Middle 
and Lower Pontchartrain Basin and areas of southern Mississippi. The 
Corps will evaluate a full range of comprehensive restoration measures 
to restore important estuarine components and ecosystem processes 
within the areas affected by the MRGO navigation channel and assess the 
impacts associated with implementing the plan. The MRGO was authorized 
by Congress in 1956 as a Federal navigation channel to provide a direct 
route between the Port of New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. 
Construction began in 1958 and was completed in 1968 to authorized 
dimensions (36-foot depth by 500-foot width: 38-foot depth by 600-foot 
bottom width in Bar Channel). Construction of the MRGO channel created 
a direct deep water link between the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal and 
the Gulf of Mexico allowing higher salinity waters to enter Lake Borgne 
and Lake Pontchartrain estuaries. Construction resulted in direct 
wetland losses, damages to the Bayou LaLoutre Ridge and alteration of 
the adjacent landscape and hydrology by placement of dredge material 
adjacent to the channel in upland confined disposal facilities. Since 
Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005, the MRGO navigation channel 
has not been maintained. A June closure plan and accompanying 
Legislative EIS and Record of Decision titled ``Integrated Final Report 
to Congress and Legislative Environmental Impact Statement for the 
Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Deep-Draft De-Authorization Study'' was 
signed on June 5, 2008, officially deauthorizing the MRGO navigation 
channel (from the Gulf of Mexico to Mile 60 at the southern bank of the 
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway) and authorizing construction of a closure 
structure at the south ridge of Bayou LaLoutre in St. Bernard Parish, 
Louisiana and development of plan to restore the areas affected by the 
MRGO Navigation channel.

DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for scoping meeting dates.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning the Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) should be addressed to Ms. Sandra 
Stiles at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CEMVNPM-RS, P.O. Box 60267, New 
Orleans, LA 70160-0267, phone (504) 862-1583, fax number (504) 862-2088 
or by e-mail at sandra.e.stiles@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    1. Authority: Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Sections 7012 
and 7013 authorized the Corps to develop a comprehensive closure and 
restoration plan, at full Federal expense, to de-authorize deep-draft 
navigation on the MRGO, Louisiana, extending from the Gulf of Mexico to 
the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) and develop a restoration plan.
    2. Proposed Action. The Corps will develop a comprehensive 
ecosystem restoration plan to restore the areas affected by the MRGO 
navigation channel to include: (1) Physically modifying the MRGO 
channel and restoring areas affected by the channel; (2) restoring 
natural ecosystem features to reduce damage from storm surge; (3) 
measures preventing saltwater intrusion into the waterway; (4) measures 
protecting, restoring or increasing wetlands to prevent saltwater 
intrusion or storm surge; (5) measures reducing risk of storm damage to 
communities by preventing or reducing wetland losses or restoring 
wetlands in areas affected by navigation, oil and gas and other manmade 
channels; (6) diversions to restore the Lake Borgne Ecosystem.
    3. Alternatives. Restoration measures being considered include 
physical modification and restoration of the MRGO navigation channel, 
freshwater, sediment and nutrient introduction; shoreline protection 
and bank stabilization; restoration and protection of natural ridges; 
barrier island protection and restoration; wetland protection, creation 
and restoration; water control measures (gates, weirs, sills, plugs, 
etc.); measures to increase native vegetation; restoration of natural 
features to reduce storm surge. Once restoration measures are 
identified, alternative plans will be developed through various 
combinations of restoration measures that best meet the study goals and 
objectives and are determined to be cost-effective, environmentally 
acceptable and technically feasible. Some measures may also be 
recommended for implementation under other authorities.
    4. Public Involvement. Stakeholder and public involvement for this 
proposed action is integral to the project. Interested parties, 
concerned citizens, and other State and Federal agencies, private and 
not-for-profit or non-governmental organizations are strongly 
encouraged to participate in the development of the proposed action. 
Stakeholder and public meetings would be held throughout project 
development. Meeting announcements would be made as information becomes 
available.
    5. Public Scoping Meeting. Scoping is the process utilized for 
determining the range of alternatives and significant issues to be 
addressed in the EIS. For this study, a letter will be mailed to all 
parties believed to have an interest in the analysis. The letter will 
notify interested parties of public scoping meetings that will be held 
in the local area and request their input on alternatives and issues to 
be evaluated. Notices will also be mailed to local news media. All 
interested parties are invited to comment at this time, and anyone 
interested in this study should request inclusion in the study mailing 
list. A public scoping meeting will be held November 3, 2008 from 6-9 
p.m. in Chalmette, Louisiana and November 6, 2008 from 6-9 p.m. in 
Waveland, Mississippi. The exact location and address for the meetings 
will be announced through local media channels. Additional meetings 
could be held, depending upon public interest and if it is determined 
that further public coordination is warranted.
    6. Significant Issues. The tentative list of important resources 
and issues that will be evaluated in the EIS include but are not 
limited to tidal wetlands (marshes and swamps), barrier islands, 
aquatic resources, commercial and recreational fisheries, wildlife 
resources, essential fish habitat, water quality, air quality, 
threatened and endangered species and critical habitat, recreation 
resources, and cultural resources. Socioeconomic items to be evaluated 
in the EIS include navigation; flood protection; business and 
industrial activity; oil and gas pipelines; employment; land use; 
property values; public/community facilities and services; tax 
revenues; population, community and regional growth; transportation; 
housing; community cohesion; environmental justice, aesthetics and 
noise.
    7. Environmental Consultation and Review. The U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service (USFWS) will assist in documenting existing conditions 
and assessing effects of project alternatives through the Fish and 
Wildlife Coordination Act consultation procedures. The USFWS will 
provide a Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act report. Consultation will 
be accomplished with the USFWS and the National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS) concerning threatened and endangered species and their 
critical habitat. The NMFS will be consulted regarding the effects of 
this proposed action on Essential Fish Habitat. The draft EIS or a 
notice of its availability will be distributed to all interested

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agencies, organizations, and individuals.
    8. Estimated Date of Availability. The earliest that the DEIS is 
expected to be available is March of 2010.

    Dated: September 23, 2008.
Alvin B. Lee,
Colonel, U.S. Army, District Engineer.
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