Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Gray's Beach Restoration Project, Waikiki, O'ahu, HI, Department of the Army Regulatory File Number POH-2007-192, 67847-67848 [E8-27176]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 222 / Monday, November 17, 2008 / Notices found at http://www.hqda.army.mil/ acsimweb/brac/braco.htm. Surplus Property List 1. Addition Indiana Newport Chemical Depot: Highway 63, Newport, IN. 47966–0160. The Army’s Base Transition Coordinator is Mr. Tom Kutz whose e-mail address is Thomas.kutz@us.army.mil and his telephone number is (765) 245 4505. His mailing address is Newport Chemical Depot, P.O. Box 160, Newport, IN 47966–0160. The Vermillion County Economic Council has been recognized as the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA). The LRA is located at 292 North Ninth Street, Clinton, IN 47842. Mr. Ed Cole can be reached for information by calling (765) 832–3870. Oregon Umatilla Chemical Depot: 78798 Ordinance Road, Hermiston, OR 97838. The Army’s Base Transition Coordinator is Mr. Phillip M. Ferguson whose telephone number is (541) 564–5390 and his e-mail address is phillip.m.ferguson@us.army.mil. The Umatilla County Commissioners have been recognized as the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA). Correspondence to the LRA should be directed to Mr. William Hansell, Executive Director, Umatilla County Commissioners, Umatilla County Courthouse, 216 SE 4th, Pendleton, OR 97801. Authority: This action is authorized by the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990, Title XXIX of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1991, Pub. L. No. 101–510; the Base Closure Community Redevelopment and Homeless Assistance Act of 1994, Pub. L. No. 103–421; and 10 U.S.C. 113. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E8–27174 Filed 11–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Gray’s Beach Restoration Project, Waikiki, O’ahu, HI, Department of the Army Regulatory File Number POH–2007–192 Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:18 Nov 14, 2008 Jkt 217001 SUMMARY: In order to establish a stable, sandy beach seaward of the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, its owners propose to construct three T-head groins extending seaward from the existing seawall which defines the hotel property boundary. They propose to pump sand from nearby marine deposits and place it between the groins to form a protected beach. The proposed project site, which is within the State of Hawai’i Conservation District, would remain state-owned. The project site is located within the navigable waters of the United States and the proposed activity is subject to the regulatory jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. DATES: In order to be considered in preparation of the 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: Regulatory Branch (CEPOH–EC–R/P. Galloway), Building 230; Fort Shafter, HI 96858–5440. Facsimile comments can be sent to 808– 438–4060. Comments may also be submitted via e-mail to: peter.c.galloway@usace.army.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) should be addressed to: Mr. Peter Galloway (see ADDRESSES), Telephone 808–438–8416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts LP, which owns the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel (Sheraton) and the adjacent Royal Hawaiian Hotel, proposes to develop a stable sandy beach on the abutting inshore reef flat fronting the Sheraton in order to enhance recreational and aesthetic enjoyment of the area, provide protection for the backshore area, and facilitate lateral access along the shoreline. The Sheraton is presently protected by a vertical seawall, constructed at the hotel’s seaward property line, which has been in place since the 1920s. There is presently very little beach area fronting the Sheraton, which was constructed close to the seaward property line, making the area one of the most constrained in Waikiki with respect to public alongshore (lateral) access. The narrow band of sand fronting the Sheraton seawall comes and goes, and is typically under water at high tide. The site of the proposed project is owned by the State of Hawai’i and is designated State of Hawai’i Conservation District land. To create the desired beach, the applicant proposes to construct three un-grouted, basalt-rock T-head groins PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67847 that would span 500 feet of shoreline. The stems of the T-head groins would extend 160 feet seaward into the inshore area from the existing seawall, and the T-heads would extend 53 feet to either side of each stem, at angles ranging from 90 to 120 degrees. The angle of each Thead will be established so as to best orient the gaps between the heads parallel to the average wave approach. Approximately 15,000 cubic yards of sand would be pumped from nearby offshore deposits and placed between and adjacent to the T-head groins to create sections of protected beach. The total area of the permanent rock and sand fill in waters of the U.S. would be approximately 2.7 acres. The total area of dry beach (sand area above the high tide line) created would be approximately 1 acre. In order to provide access for construction of the groins, the applicant proposes to construct temporary sections of rock platform, approximately 20 feet in width, along the seaward side of the existing vertical concrete seawall. The proposed project would involve work or structures in or affecting the course, condition, location or capacity of navigable waters of the United States. In addition, it would involve the discharge of dredged or fill material into navigable waters of the United States. Federal authorization of the project will therefore require issuance of a Department of the Army (DA) permit pursuant to both Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344). In addition to the no-action alternative, other alternatives to be considered in the DEIS may include: (1) Project with different size and/or number of T-head groins, or other structural designs; (2) project with groin structures but no sand fill; and (3) sand placement and replenishment with no stabilizing structures. Potentially significant impacts identified to date and to be addressed in the DEIS include: (1) Conversion of an inshore reef area to a structurally protected sandy beach; (2) loss of foraging habitat (algae beds) utilized by federally protected sea turtles; (3) changes in adjacent algal community; (4) changes in inshore water circulation pattern including water residence time; (5) other, unforeseen changes in adjacent reef habitat; (6) effects of sand removal from seaward marine deposits; (7) effects on surfing and wave reflection; (8) changes in availability of recreation and recreational facilities; (9) changes in beach and shoreline access and use; (10) setting of precedent for use of T-head groins in Hawai’i; (11) setting E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 67848 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 222 / Monday, November 17, 2008 / Notices of precedent for privately funded beach restoration or creation on adjacent public conservation lands. The decision whether to issue a DA permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts, including cumulative impacts, of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefit, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal, must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered, including the cumulative effects thereof: among these are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historic values, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, considerations of property ownership and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people. Evaluation of the impact of the activity on the public interest will include application of the guidelines promulgated by the Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR part 230). The Corps will invite the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be cooperating agencies in preparation of the DEIS. The Corps anticipates that consultations will be required pursuant to provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Before a final DA permit can be issued, the applicant must first obtain a Hawai’i Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program federal consistency certification issued by the State of Hawai’i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, and a Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification, or waiver thereof, issued by the State of Hawai’i Department of Health. The Corps invites participation in the EIS process of affected federal, state and local agencies; affected Hawaiian organizations, individuals and practitioners; and other interested private organizations and parties. The applicant has issued a state-level EIS Preparation Notice (EISPN) pursuant to requirements of the Hawai’i Revised Statutes (HRS Chapter 343) stating that the applicant anticipates preparation of a joint state and federal EIS document. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:54 Nov 14, 2008 Jkt 217001 All comments received in response to this NOI and the state EISPN will be considered when determining the scope of the combined DEIS. To the extent practicable, federal and state requirements will be coordinated in the preparation of the joint document. A public scoping meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2008, at the Waikiki Community Center, 310 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., to help 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 alternatives and the joint DEIS. To be most helpful, comments should clearly describe specific environmental topics or issues which the commenter believes the document should address. Further information concerning the proposed or the scoping meeting may be obtained from Peter C. Galloway (see ADDRESSES). The DEIS is expected to be published and circulated for review in mid-2009, and the final EIS is expected to be completed 4 to 6 months later. Dated: November 7, 2008. John W. Henderson, Major, U.S. Army, Acting Commander. [FR Doc. E8–27176 Filed 11–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARD Sunshine Act Meeting Postponed Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting Postponement. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) published a document in the Federal Register of November 5, 2008, (73 FR 65838), as corrected, concerning notice of a public hearing and meeting on December 5, 2008, with regard to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration’s incorporation of safety into the design and construction of new DOE defense nuclear facilities and into major modification of existing facilities. That public hearing and meeting has been postponed. The Board intends to reschedule the hearing and meeting and will publish a notice of the rescheduled date in the Federal Register when that date has been determined. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Grosner, General Manager, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, 625 Indiana Avenue, NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004–2901, (800) 788– 4016. This is a toll-free number. Dated: November 12, 2008. A. J. Eggenberger, Chairman. [FR Doc. E8–27300 Filed 11–13–08; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 3670–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information: Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training— Comprehensive System of Personnel Development Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.129W. DATES: Applications Available: November 17, 2008. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: January 15, 2009. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: March 2, 2009. Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program provides financial assistance for— (1) Projects that provide basic or advanced training leading to an academic degree in areas of personnel shortages in rehabilitation as identified by the Secretary; (2) Projects that provide a specified series of courses or program of study leading to the award of a certificate in areas of personnel shortages in rehabilitation as identified by the Secretary; and (3) Projects that provide support for medical residents enrolled in residency training programs in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Priority: This priority is from the notice of final priority for this program, published in the Federal Register on October 16, 1998 (63 FR 55764). Absolute Priority: For FY 2009, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 
Proposed Gray's Beach Restoration Project, Waikiki, O'ahu, HI, 
Department of the Army Regulatory File Number POH-2007-192

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

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: In order to establish a stable, sandy beach seaward of the 
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, its owners propose to construct three T-head 
groins extending seaward from the existing seawall which defines the 
hotel property boundary. They propose to pump sand from nearby marine 
deposits and place it between the groins to form a protected beach. The 
proposed project site, which is within the State of Hawai'i 
Conservation District, would remain state-owned. The project site is 
located within the navigable waters of the United States and the 
proposed activity is subject to the regulatory jurisdiction of the U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers.

DATES: In order to be considered in preparation of the 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: Regulatory Branch (CEPOH-EC-R/P. Galloway), 
Building 230; Fort Shafter, HI 96858-5440. Facsimile comments can be 
sent to 808-438-4060. Comments may also be submitted via e-mail to: 
peter.c.galloway@usace.army.mil.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) should be addressed 
to: Mr. Peter Galloway (see ADDRESSES), Telephone 808-438-8416.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts LP, which owns the 
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel (Sheraton) and the adjacent Royal Hawaiian 
Hotel, proposes to develop a stable sandy beach on the abutting inshore 
reef flat fronting the Sheraton in order to enhance recreational and 
aesthetic enjoyment of the area, provide protection for the backshore 
area, and facilitate lateral access along the shoreline. The Sheraton 
is presently protected by a vertical seawall, constructed at the 
hotel's seaward property line, which has been in place since the 1920s. 
There is presently very little beach area fronting the Sheraton, which 
was constructed close to the seaward property line, making the area one 
of the most constrained in Waikiki with respect to public alongshore 
(lateral) access. The narrow band of sand fronting the Sheraton seawall 
comes and goes, and is typically under water at high tide. The site of 
the proposed project is owned by the State of Hawai'i and is designated 
State of Hawai'i Conservation District land.
    To create the desired beach, the applicant proposes to construct 
three un-grouted, basalt-rock T-head groins that would span 500 feet of 
shoreline. The stems of the T-head groins would extend 160 feet seaward 
into the inshore area from the existing seawall, and the T-heads would 
extend 53 feet to either side of each stem, at angles ranging from 90 
to 120 degrees. The angle of each T-head will be established so as to 
best orient the gaps between the heads parallel to the average wave 
approach. Approximately 15,000 cubic yards of sand would be pumped from 
nearby offshore deposits and placed between and adjacent to the T-head 
groins to create sections of protected beach. The total area of the 
permanent rock and sand fill in waters of the U.S. would be 
approximately 2.7 acres. The total area of dry beach (sand area above 
the high tide line) created would be approximately 1 acre. In order to 
provide access for construction of the groins, the applicant proposes 
to construct temporary sections of rock platform, approximately 20 feet 
in width, along the seaward side of the existing vertical concrete 
seawall.
    The proposed project would involve work or structures in or 
affecting the course, condition, location or capacity of navigable 
waters of the United States. In addition, it would involve the 
discharge of dredged or fill material into navigable waters of the 
United States. Federal authorization of the project will therefore 
require issuance of a Department of the Army (DA) permit pursuant to 
both Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403) 
and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344).
    In addition to the no-action alternative, other alternatives to be 
considered in the DEIS may include: (1) Project with different size 
and/or number of T-head groins, or other structural designs; (2) 
project with groin structures but no sand fill; and (3) sand placement 
and replenishment with no stabilizing structures.
    Potentially significant impacts identified to date and to be 
addressed in the DEIS include: (1) Conversion of an inshore reef area 
to a structurally protected sandy beach; (2) loss of foraging habitat 
(algae beds) utilized by federally protected sea turtles; (3) changes 
in adjacent algal community; (4) changes in inshore water circulation 
pattern including water residence time; (5) other, unforeseen changes 
in adjacent reef habitat; (6) effects of sand removal from seaward 
marine deposits; (7) effects on surfing and wave reflection; (8) 
changes in availability of recreation and recreational facilities; (9) 
changes in beach and shoreline access and use; (10) setting of 
precedent for use of T-head groins in Hawai'i; (11) setting

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of precedent for privately funded beach restoration or creation on 
adjacent public conservation lands.
    The decision whether to issue a DA permit will be based on an 
evaluation of the probable impacts, including cumulative impacts, of 
the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will 
reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of 
important resources. The benefit, which reasonably may be expected to 
accrue from the proposal, must be balanced against its reasonably 
foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the 
proposal will be considered, including the cumulative effects thereof: 
among these are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general 
environmental concerns, wetlands, historic values, fish and wildlife 
values, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, 
shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and 
conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber 
production, mineral needs, considerations of property ownership and, in 
general, the needs and welfare of the people. Evaluation of the impact 
of the activity on the public interest will include application of the 
guidelines promulgated by the Administrator, Environmental Protection 
Agency (40 CFR part 230).
    The Corps will invite the National Marine Fisheries Service and 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be cooperating agencies in 
preparation of the DEIS. The Corps anticipates that consultations will 
be required pursuant to provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act, Section 7 of the Endangered Species 
Act, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Before 
a final DA permit can be issued, the applicant must first obtain a 
Hawai'i Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program federal consistency 
certification issued by the State of Hawai'i Department of Business, 
Economic Development and Tourism, and a Clean Water Act Section 401 
Water Quality Certification, or waiver thereof, issued by the State of 
Hawai'i Department of Health.
    The Corps invites participation in the EIS process of affected 
federal, state and local agencies; affected Hawaiian organizations, 
individuals and practitioners; and other interested private 
organizations and parties. The applicant has issued a state-level EIS 
Preparation Notice (EISPN) pursuant to requirements of the Hawai'i 
Revised Statutes (HRS Chapter 343) stating that the applicant 
anticipates preparation of a joint state and federal EIS document. All 
comments received in response to this NOI and the state EISPN will be 
considered when determining the scope of the combined DEIS. To the 
extent practicable, federal and state requirements will be coordinated 
in the preparation of the joint document.
    A public scoping meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 
2008, at the Waikiki Community Center, 310 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu, 
Hawaii, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., to help 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 alternatives and the joint DEIS. To be most helpful, comments should 
clearly describe specific environmental topics or issues which the 
commenter believes the document should address. Further information 
concerning the proposed or the scoping meeting may be obtained from 
Peter C. Galloway (see ADDRESSES). The DEIS is expected to be published 
and circulated for review in mid-2009, and the final EIS is expected to 
be completed 4 to 6 months later.

    Dated: November 7, 2008.
John W. Henderson,
Major, U.S. Army, Acting Commander.
[FR Doc. E8-27176 Filed 11-14-08; 8:45 am]
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