Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Balanced Vision Plan, a Multipurpose Project Containing Ecosystem Restoration, Flood Risk Management, and Recreational Enhancement Alternatives Along the Trinity River Within and Adjacent to the Existing Dallas Floodway in Dallas County, Dallas, TX, 78337-78338 [E8-30355]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / Notices 102–3. 140 through 160, the Department of the Army announces the following committee meeting: Name of Committee: Army Science Board (ASB). Date(s) of January Plenary Meeting: January 13–14, 2009. Time(s) of Meeting: 0800–1700, January 13, 2009. 0800–1500, January 14, 2009. Place of Meeting: University of Maryland University College, Inn and Conference Center, 3501 University Boulevard East, Adelphi, MD 20783. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Army Science Board Studies Manager: Ms. Vivian Baylor, 703–604–7472. AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. Proposed Agenda: The purpose of the January Plenary is to organize the board into study panels for the upcoming study year. After a presentation by Army Research Laboratory, the board will convene into small groups for the purpose of completing administrative and preparatory organizational functions. Filing Written Statement: Pursuant to 41 CFR 102–3.140d, the Committee is not obligated to allow the public to speak; however, interested persons may submit a written statement for consideration by the Subcommittees. Individuals submitting a written statement must submit their statement to the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the address detailed below. Written statements not received at least 10 calendar days prior to the meeting, may not be provided to or considered by the subcommittees until the next meeting. The DFO will review all timely submissions with the subcommittee Chairs and ensure they are provided to the specific subcommittee members before the meeting. After reviewing written comments, the subcommittee Chairs and the DFO may choose to invite the submitter of the comments to orally present their issue during a future open meeting. The DFO, in consultation with the subcommittee Chairs, may allot a specific amount of time for the members of the public to present their issues for review and discussion. Written submissions are to be submitted to the following address: Army Science Board, ATTN: Designated Federal Officer, 2511 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 11500, Arlington, VA 22202–3911. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E8–30364 Filed 12–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:07 Dec 19, 2008 Jkt 217001 Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Balanced Vision Plan, a Multipurpose Project Containing Ecosystem Restoration, Flood Risk Management, and Recreational Enhancement Alternatives Along the Trinity River Within and Adjacent to the Existing Dallas Floodway in Dallas County, Dallas, TX SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Fort Worth District, in partnership with the City of Dallas recommends the incorporation of various flood risk management measures, ecosystem restoration features, and recreational enhancements to the Dallas Floodway, located along the Trinity River in Dallas County, Dallas, TX. The Balanced Vision Plan (BVP) project aims to achieve the designed Standard Project Flood protection, maximize ecosystem restoration outputs for priority resource categories, and optimize recreational opportunities, to include providing trail connectivity to other regional visions/ plans. The USACE is preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in response to the authority contained in the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Resolution dated April 22, 1988, and Section 5141 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007. The USACE must determine the technical soundness and environmental acceptability of the authorized project. Thus, in accordance with Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as implemented by the regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 1500–1508 and USACE Engineering Regulation 200–2–2), the USACE will prepare the DEIS to evaluate and compare flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, and recreation alternatives along the Trinity River within and adjacent to the existing Dallas Floodway, Dallas, TX. The BVP project study area is located within the Dallas Floodway along the Trinity River, in Dallas, TX. The study area is bounded on the upstream by the Loop 12 crossings of the West and Elm Forks and at the downstream end by the existing terminus of the Dallas PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78337 Floodway approximated by the existing Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Bridge. Of the 22.6 miles of levees within the study area, the East Levee is 11.7 miles in length and the West Levee is 10.9 miles in length. In addition to the levees, the Floodway includes the modified channel, six pumping plants and seven pressure conduits. There are approximately 1,422 acres of land in the study area. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding the BVP EIS or to add your contact information to the project mailing database, please contact Mr. Jeffry A. Tripe, Regional Technical Specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, P.O. Box 17300, Fort Worth, TX, 76102–0300, (817) 886–1716, or via e-mail at Jeffry.A.Tripe@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Dallas County Levee Improvement District (DCLID) constructed the original Dallas Floodway levees between 1928 and 1931. The DCLID rerouted the Trinity River by constructing a channel within the leveed floodway and filled the original river channel or used it for sump storage. In the mid-forties, major floods, compounded by continued urbanization in the watershed, resulted in increased drainage into the Dallas Floodway and severe flooding. To reduce flooding within the Dallas Floodway project area, Congress authorized the Dallas Floodway flood control project in 1945 and 1950. This resulted in several USACE improvements to the Dallas Floodway, completed in 1958. The existing Upper Trinity River Feasibility Study (UTRFS) serves as an umbrella study to all USACE projects in the basin. The USACE initiated the UTRFS in response to the authority contained in the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Resolution dated April 22, 1988. This authorizing legislation for the overall study defines the area of investigations as the Upper Trinity River Basin, with specific emphasis on the Dallas—Fort Worth Metroplex. The UTRFS identified approximately 90 potential projects addressing flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, and recreation within the study area. In May 1996, acting as the nonFederal sponsor on the on-going UTRFS, the North Central Texas Council of Governments coordinated with the USACE and City of Dallas to modify the UTRFS Cost Sharing Agreement to include an Interim Feasibility Study of the existing Dallas Floodway as part of the on-going UTRFS. The team assessed several flood risk management E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 78338 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / Notices alternatives in the Dallas Floodway Interim Feasibility Study. The USACE and City of Dallas also developed additional environmental quality alternatives to benefit fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, and aesthetic properties while minimizing adverse impacts to existing cultural resources and flood risk management benefits. On November 29, 2005, the USACE published a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register (70 FR 71477) to prepare a DEIS for proposed modifications to the existing Dallas Floodway based on the Interim Feasibility Study and held a public scoping meeting on December 13, 2005. During this time, the City of Dallas developed another variation to the Trinity River Corridor Master Implementation Plan that included similar environmental quality measures and interior drainage system improvements to the Dallas Floodway, referred to as the BVP. During development of the various alternatives for the Dallas Floodway Interim Feasibility Study, the 2007 WRDA authorized the City of Dallas BVP. This authorization superseded the need to continue development of the Interim Feasibility Study and allowed implementation of the BVP and interior drainage system components if the USACE determines they are technically sound and environmentally acceptable. In accordance with NEPA, a DEIS will be prepared to evaluate and compare ecosystem restoration, flood risk management, and recreation alternatives within and along the Dallas Floodway. The DEIS will also assess the impacts to the quality of the human environment associated with each alternative. Past channelization and clearing of the Dallas Floodway, along with urbanization, has significantly degraded the terrestrial and aquatic habitat along and within the Trinity River. Consequently, ecosystem restoration measures will be developed and evaluated to address the degraded habitats. In addition, recreation measures will be developed and evaluated as complements to proposed ecosystem restoration measures. Alternatives for ecosystem restoration, flood risk management, and recreation enhancement will be developed and evaluated based on ongoing fieldwork and data collection and past studies conducted by the Corps of Engineers, the City of Dallas, and regulatory agencies. Ecosystem restoration alternatives that will be evaluated include creating meanders within the Trinity River, restoring, protecting and expanding the riparian corridor, improving aquatic habitat, creating VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:07 Dec 19, 2008 Jkt 217001 riffle-pool complexes, and constructing wetlands. It is anticipated that ecosystem restoration measures would help improve water quality, enhance aquatic and terrestrial habitat, and minimize erosion and scouring along and within the river. Alternatives for flood risk management measures will be evaluated from both a non-structural and structural aspect. Non-structural measures that will be evaluated include acquisition and removal of structures or flood proofing of structures for protection from potential future flood damage. Structural measures that will be evaluated include levee height modification by fill or addition of flood walls, changes in interior drainage by enlarging storage areas or increasing widths and depths and/or a combination of these measures. Recreation measures that will be evaluated include the West, Natural, and Urban lakes, terraced playing fields, multipurpose trails, whitewater facilities, pedestrian bridges, utilities, parking facilities, amphitheaters, promenade, concession pads, boat/ canoe access points, and passive recreation features, such as interpretive guidance, media, and picnic areas. Recreation measures will be developed to a scope and scale compatible with proposed ecosystem restoration measures without significantly diminishing ecosystem benefits. The USACE will coordinate with the public and regulatory agencies to ensure full and open participation in the NEPA process and aid in the development of the DEIS. The USACE requests that all affected Federal, state, and local agencies, affected Indian tribes, and other interested parties participate in the NEPA process. The public will be invited to participate in the scoping process, invited to attend public meetings, and given the opportunity to review the DEIS. The location and time of the first public scoping meeting will be announced in the local news media. Release of the DEIS for public comment is scheduled for summer 2010. The exact release date, once established, will be announced in the local news media. Furthermore, a project Web site containing project information is available at http:// www.dallasbvpeis.com. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E8–30355 Filed 12–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Notice of Availability of the Final 1999 Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Dredged Material Management Plan for the Port of New York and New Jersey AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Updated information on the original Notice of Availability listing. SUMMARY: The responsible lead agency is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers— New York District (District). The Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) project area is in the Port of New York/New Jersey and includes the New York Bight Apex, the Lower Bay Complex (Lower Bay, Raritian and Sandy Hook Bays), the Upper Bay Complex (Hudson and East Rivers, Kill Van Kull, and Newark Bay), and the lands contiguous to these water bodies for a radius of approximately 20 miles. The study area approximates the boundaries of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANY/NJ). The Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that was listed in the October 31, 2008 Federal Register (73 FR 64944) completed the NEPA process, laying out the goals and generic impacts of the alternatives considered in preparing the overall DMMP. This finalized PEIS includes Appendix (D) which lists the comments received during the draft PEIS comment period. Comments, if warranted, were incorporated into the main text of the final PEIS as well. It should be noted that the DMMP outlines a series of goals and an overall master plan on meeting the dredged material needs of the Port through 2062. Its alternatives analysis is, as of necessity, generic in nature, identifying potential concerns, generic impacts and overall issues to be considered in greater site-specific detail before implementing any alternative in a given location. As such, it does not recommend or prioritize any site-specific alternative, but clearly sets out the process to be followed should any of the alternatives be implemented. Since no sustentative changes or addition of new alternatives to the DMMP have been identified that would alter the discussion or conclusion of generic impacts in the FPEIS, a supplemental PEIS was not deemed warranted. However, separate 2005 and 2008 DMMP Update reports are available tracking the progress in meeting the DMMP goals and a copy of E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1

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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 Balanced Vision Plan, a Multipurpose Project Containing 
Ecosystem Restoration, Flood Risk Management, and Recreational 
Enhancement Alternatives Along the Trinity River Within and Adjacent to 
the Existing Dallas Floodway in Dallas County, Dallas, TX

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 (USACE), Fort Worth District, 
in partnership with the City of Dallas recommends the incorporation of 
various flood risk management measures, ecosystem restoration features, 
and recreational enhancements to the Dallas Floodway, located along the 
Trinity River in Dallas County, Dallas, TX. The Balanced Vision Plan 
(BVP) project aims to achieve the designed Standard Project Flood 
protection, maximize ecosystem restoration outputs for priority 
resource categories, and optimize recreational opportunities, to 
include providing trail connectivity to other regional visions/plans.
    The USACE is preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement 
(DEIS) in response to the authority contained in the United States 
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Resolution dated April 
22, 1988, and Section 5141 of the Water Resources Development Act 
(WRDA) of 2007. The USACE must determine the technical soundness and 
environmental acceptability of the authorized project. Thus, in 
accordance with Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) as implemented by the regulations promulgated by the Council on 
Environmental Quality (40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 1500-1508 
and USACE Engineering Regulation 200-2-2), the USACE will prepare the 
DEIS to evaluate and compare flood risk management, ecosystem 
restoration, and recreation alternatives along the Trinity River within 
and adjacent to the existing Dallas Floodway, Dallas, TX.
    The BVP project study area is located within the Dallas Floodway 
along the Trinity River, in Dallas, TX. The study area is bounded on 
the upstream by the Loop 12 crossings of the West and Elm Forks and at 
the downstream end by the existing terminus of the Dallas Floodway 
approximated by the existing Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Bridge. 
Of the 22.6 miles of levees within the study area, the East Levee is 
11.7 miles in length and the West Levee is 10.9 miles in length. In 
addition to the levees, the Floodway includes the modified channel, six 
pumping plants and seven pressure conduits. There are approximately 
1,422 acres of land in the study area.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding the BVP EIS or 
to add your contact information to the project mailing database, please 
contact Mr. Jeffry A. Tripe, Regional Technical Specialist, U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, P.O. Box 17300, Fort Worth, 
TX, 76102-0300, (817) 886-1716, or via e-mail at 
Jeffry.A.Tripe@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Dallas County Levee Improvement District 
(DCLID) constructed the original Dallas Floodway levees between 1928 
and 1931. The DCLID rerouted the Trinity River by constructing a 
channel within the leveed floodway and filled the original river 
channel or used it for sump storage. In the mid-forties, major floods, 
compounded by continued urbanization in the watershed, resulted in 
increased drainage into the Dallas Floodway and severe flooding. To 
reduce flooding within the Dallas Floodway project area, Congress 
authorized the Dallas Floodway flood control project in 1945 and 1950. 
This resulted in several USACE improvements to the Dallas Floodway, 
completed in 1958.
    The existing Upper Trinity River Feasibility Study (UTRFS) serves 
as an umbrella study to all USACE projects in the basin. The USACE 
initiated the UTRFS in response to the authority contained in the 
United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works 
Resolution dated April 22, 1988. This authorizing legislation for the 
overall study defines the area of investigations as the Upper Trinity 
River Basin, with specific emphasis on the Dallas--Fort Worth 
Metroplex. The UTRFS identified approximately 90 potential projects 
addressing flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, and recreation 
within the study area.
    In May 1996, acting as the non-Federal sponsor on the on-going 
UTRFS, the North Central Texas Council of Governments coordinated with 
the USACE and City of Dallas to modify the UTRFS Cost Sharing Agreement 
to include an Interim Feasibility Study of the existing Dallas Floodway 
as part of the on-going UTRFS. The team assessed several flood risk 
management

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alternatives in the Dallas Floodway Interim Feasibility Study. The 
USACE and City of Dallas also developed additional environmental 
quality alternatives to benefit fish and wildlife habitat, water 
quality, and aesthetic properties while minimizing adverse impacts to 
existing cultural resources and flood risk management benefits. On 
November 29, 2005, the USACE published a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the 
Federal Register (70 FR 71477) to prepare a DEIS for proposed 
modifications to the existing Dallas Floodway based on the Interim 
Feasibility Study and held a public scoping meeting on December 13, 
2005.
    During this time, the City of Dallas developed another variation to 
the Trinity River Corridor Master Implementation Plan that included 
similar environmental quality measures and interior drainage system 
improvements to the Dallas Floodway, referred to as the BVP. During 
development of the various alternatives for the Dallas Floodway Interim 
Feasibility Study, the 2007 WRDA authorized the City of Dallas BVP. 
This authorization superseded the need to continue development of the 
Interim Feasibility Study and allowed implementation of the BVP and 
interior drainage system components if the USACE determines they are 
technically sound and environmentally acceptable.
    In accordance with NEPA, a DEIS will be prepared to evaluate and 
compare ecosystem restoration, flood risk management, and recreation 
alternatives within and along the Dallas Floodway. The DEIS will also 
assess the impacts to the quality of the human environment associated 
with each alternative. Past channelization and clearing of the Dallas 
Floodway, along with urbanization, has significantly degraded the 
terrestrial and aquatic habitat along and within the Trinity River. 
Consequently, ecosystem restoration measures will be developed and 
evaluated to address the degraded habitats. In addition, recreation 
measures will be developed and evaluated as complements to proposed 
ecosystem restoration measures.
    Alternatives for ecosystem restoration, flood risk management, and 
recreation enhancement will be developed and evaluated based on ongoing 
fieldwork and data collection and past studies conducted by the Corps 
of Engineers, the City of Dallas, and regulatory agencies. Ecosystem 
restoration alternatives that will be evaluated include creating 
meanders within the Trinity River, restoring, protecting and expanding 
the riparian corridor, improving aquatic habitat, creating riffle-pool 
complexes, and constructing wetlands. It is anticipated that ecosystem 
restoration measures would help improve water quality, enhance aquatic 
and terrestrial habitat, and minimize erosion and scouring along and 
within the river.
    Alternatives for flood risk management measures will be evaluated 
from both a non-structural and structural aspect. Non-structural 
measures that will be evaluated include acquisition and removal of 
structures or flood proofing of structures for protection from 
potential future flood damage. Structural measures that will be 
evaluated include levee height modification by fill or addition of 
flood walls, changes in interior drainage by enlarging storage areas or 
increasing widths and depths and/or a combination of these measures.
    Recreation measures that will be evaluated include the West, 
Natural, and Urban lakes, terraced playing fields, multipurpose trails, 
whitewater facilities, pedestrian bridges, utilities, parking 
facilities, amphitheaters, promenade, concession pads, boat/canoe 
access points, and passive recreation features, such as interpretive 
guidance, media, and picnic areas. Recreation measures will be 
developed to a scope and scale compatible with proposed ecosystem 
restoration measures without significantly diminishing ecosystem 
benefits.
    The USACE will coordinate with the public and regulatory agencies 
to ensure full and open participation in the NEPA process and aid in 
the development of the DEIS. The USACE requests that all affected 
Federal, state, and local agencies, affected Indian tribes, and other 
interested parties participate in the NEPA process. The public will be 
invited to participate in the scoping process, invited to attend public 
meetings, and given the opportunity to review the DEIS. The location 
and time of the first public scoping meeting will be announced in the 
local news media. Release of the DEIS for public comment is scheduled 
for summer 2010. The exact release date, once established, will be 
announced in the local news media. Furthermore, a project Web site 
containing project information is available at http://
www.dallasbvpeis.com.

Brenda S. Bowen,
Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.
 [FR Doc. E8-30355 Filed 12-19-08; 8:45 am]
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