Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA)-Louisiana, Terrebonne Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration Project, 78344-78345 [E8-30366]

Download as PDF 78344 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA)— Louisiana, Terrebonne Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration Project mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) intends to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA)—Louisiana, Terrebonne Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration Project. This restoration project will restore major reaches of the Terrebonne barrier islands chain. This SEIS will be tiered off of the programmatic EIS for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA)—Louisiana, Ecosystem Restoration Study, November 2004. The record of decision for the programmatic EIS was signed on November 18, 2005. DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for scoping meeting dates. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning the draft SEIS should be addressed to Dr. William P. Klein, Jr., CEMVN–PM–RS, P.O. Box 60267, New Orleans, LA 70160–0267; telephone: (504) 862–2540; fax: (504) 862–1583; or by e-mail: william.p.klein.jr@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Authority. This SEIS will be tiered off of the programmatic EIS for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA)— Louisiana, Ecosystem Restoration Study, November 2004. The record of decision for the programmatic EIS was signed on November 18, 2005. The Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA 2007) authorized the LCA program. The authority includes requirements for comprehensive planning, program governance, implementation, and other program components. The LCA restoration program will facilitate the implementation of critical restoration features and essential science and technology demonstration projects, increase the beneficial use of dredged material and determine the need for modification of selected existing projects to support coastal restoration objectives. The LCA near-term plan includes fifteen elements authorized for implementation contingent upon meeting certain reporting requirements. Specifically, Section 7006(e)(3) instructs VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:07 Dec 19, 2008 Jkt 217001 the Secretary of the Army to submit feasibility reports to Congress on six elements of the LCA near-term restoration plan by December 31, 2008. The six elements are: (1) Multipurpose Operation of Houma Navigation Lock, (2) Terrebonne Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration, (3) Small Diversion at Convent/Blind River, (4) Amite River Diversion Canal Modification, (5) Medium Diversion at Whites Ditch, and (6) Convey Atchafalaya River Water to Northern Terrebonne Marshes. The Congressional language further authorizes construction of these six elements contingent upon completion of a favorable report of the Chief of Engineers, no later than December 31, 2010, and subsequent submission to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate. 2. Proposed Action. The Terrebonne Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration Project would restore major reaches of the Terrebonne barrier island chain, including the Isles Dernieres (East Island, Trinity Island, and Whiskey Island) Timbalier Island, and East Timbalier Island. The objective of this restoration project is to reduce the number of breaches and enlarge the width and dune crest of the barrier islands. Specifically, this project has the potential to prevent further barrier island losses; restore endangered, critical geomorphic structure, and protect vital socioeconomic resources such as oil and gas infrastructure and fisheries. 3. Public Involvement. Public involvement, an essential part of the SEIS process, is integral to assessing the environmental consequences of the proposed action and improving the quality of the environmental decision making. The public includes affected and interested Federal, state, and local agencies, Indian tribes, concerned citizens, stakeholders, and other interested parties. Public participation in the SEIS process will be strongly encouraged, both formally and informally, to enhance the probability of a more technically accurate, economically feasible, and socially and politically acceptable SEIS. Public involvement will include but is not limited to: Information dissemination; identification of problems, needs and opportunities; idea generation; public education; problem solving; providing feedback on proposals; evaluation of alternatives; conflict resolution by consensus; public and scoping notices and meetings; public, stakeholder and advisory groups consultation and PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 meetings; and making the SEIS and supporting information readily available in conveniently located places, such as libraries and on the World Wide Web. 4. Scoping. Scoping, an early and open process for identifying the scope of significant issues related to the proposed action to be addressed in the SEIS, will be used to: (a) Identify the affected public and agency concerns; (b) facilitate an efficient SEIS preparation process; (c) define the issues and alternatives that will be examined in detail in the SEIS; and (d) save time in the overall process by helping to ensure that the draft SEIS adequately addresses relevant issues. A Scoping Meeting Notice announcing the locations, dates and times for scoping meetings will be mailed to all interested parties in January 2009. 5. Coordination. The USACE and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have formally committed to work together to conserve, protect, and restore fish and wildlife resources while ensuring environmental sustainability of our Nation’s water resources under the January 22, 2003 Partnership Agreement for Water Resources and Fish and Wildlife. The USFWS will provide a Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Report. Coordination will be maintained with the USFWS and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regarding threatened and endangered species under their respective jurisdictional responsibilities. Coordination will be maintained with the NMFS regarding essential fish habitat. Coordination will be maintained with the Natural Resources Conservation Service regarding prime and unique farmlands. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be consulted regarding the ‘‘Swampbuster’’ provisions of the Food Security Act. Coordination will be maintained with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning compliance with Executive Order 12898, ‘‘Federal Action to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.’’ Coordination will be maintained with the Advisory Counsel on Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Officer. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources will be consulted regarding consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Act. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be consulted concerning potential impacts to Natural and Scenic Streams. 5. Availability of Draft SEIS. The earliest that the draft SEIS will be available for public review would be in spring of 2010. The draft SEIS or a notice of availability will be distributed E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / Notices to affected Federal, state, and local agencies, Indian tribes, and other interested parties. Dated: December 11, 2008. Mark D. Jernigan, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Deputy District Commander. [FR Doc. E8–30366 Filed 12–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)—Special Focus Competition: European Union-United States Atlantis Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Dates: Applications Available: December 22, 2008. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 23, 2009. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 25, 2009. Full Text of Announcement mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The purpose of the program is to provide grants to or enter into cooperative agreements with eligible applicants to improve postsecondary education. Priority: Under this competition, we are particularly interested in applications that address the following priority. Invitational Priority: For FY 2009, this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets this invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications. This priority is: This priority is designed to support the formation of educational consortia of American and European institutions to support cooperation in the coordination of curricula, the exchange of students, and the opening of educational opportunities between the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU). This priority relates to the purpose of the European Union-United States Atlantis (Atlantis) Program to develop and implement undergraduate joint or dual degree programs, or shortterm exchange programs. This invitational priority is established in cooperation with the EU. 19:07 Dec 19, 2008 Jkt 217001 Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants except federally recognized Indian tribes. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of higher education (IHEs) only. 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The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program. Estimated Range of Awards: $35,000– $116,000 for the first year only. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $35,000 for a Policy Oriented Measures grant, $45,000 for a Mobility grant, and $116,000 for a Transatlantic Degree grant. These figures are for the first year of funding in a multi-year grant. You can find a detailed description of each of these three types of grants in the program guidelines in the application package for this competition. Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding $150,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal Register. Estimated Number of Awards: 45. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA)--Louisiana, Terrebonne 
Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration Project

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) intends to prepare a 
supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the Louisiana 
Coastal Area (LCA)--Louisiana, Terrebonne Basin Barrier Shoreline 
Restoration Project. This restoration project will restore major 
reaches of the Terrebonne barrier islands chain. This SEIS will be 
tiered off of the programmatic EIS for the Louisiana Coastal Area 
(LCA)--Louisiana, Ecosystem Restoration Study, November 2004. The 
record of decision for the programmatic EIS was signed on November 18, 
2005.

DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for scoping meeting dates.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning the draft SEIS 
should be addressed to Dr. William P. Klein, Jr., CEMVN-PM-RS, P.O. Box 
60267, New Orleans, LA 70160-0267; telephone: (504) 862-2540; fax: 
(504) 862-1583; or by e-mail: william.p.klein.jr@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. Authority. This SEIS will be tiered off of the programmatic EIS 
for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA)--Louisiana, Ecosystem Restoration 
Study, November 2004. The record of decision for the programmatic EIS 
was signed on November 18, 2005. The Water Resources Development Act of 
2007 (WRDA 2007) authorized the LCA program. The authority includes 
requirements for comprehensive planning, program governance, 
implementation, and other program components. The LCA restoration 
program will facilitate the implementation of critical restoration 
features and essential science and technology demonstration projects, 
increase the beneficial use of dredged material and determine the need 
for modification of selected existing projects to support coastal 
restoration objectives. The LCA near-term plan includes fifteen 
elements authorized for implementation contingent upon meeting certain 
reporting requirements. Specifically, Section 7006(e)(3) instructs the 
Secretary of the Army to submit feasibility reports to Congress on six 
elements of the LCA near-term restoration plan by December 31, 2008. 
The six elements are: (1) Multipurpose Operation of Houma Navigation 
Lock, (2) Terrebonne Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration, (3) Small 
Diversion at Convent/Blind River, (4) Amite River Diversion Canal 
Modification, (5) Medium Diversion at Whites Ditch, and (6) Convey 
Atchafalaya River Water to Northern Terrebonne Marshes. The 
Congressional language further authorizes construction of these six 
elements contingent upon completion of a favorable report of the Chief 
of Engineers, no later than December 31, 2010, and subsequent 
submission to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the 
House of Representatives and the Committee on Environment and Public 
Works of the Senate.
    2. Proposed Action. The Terrebonne Basin Barrier Shoreline 
Restoration Project would restore major reaches of the Terrebonne 
barrier island chain, including the Isles Dernieres (East Island, 
Trinity Island, and Whiskey Island) Timbalier Island, and East 
Timbalier Island. The objective of this restoration project is to 
reduce the number of breaches and enlarge the width and dune crest of 
the barrier islands. Specifically, this project has the potential to 
prevent further barrier island losses; restore endangered, critical 
geomorphic structure, and protect vital socioeconomic resources such as 
oil and gas infrastructure and fisheries.
    3. Public Involvement. Public involvement, an essential part of the 
SEIS process, is integral to assessing the environmental consequences 
of the proposed action and improving the quality of the environmental 
decision making. The public includes affected and interested Federal, 
state, and local agencies, Indian tribes, concerned citizens, 
stakeholders, and other interested parties. Public participation in the 
SEIS process will be strongly encouraged, both formally and informally, 
to enhance the probability of a more technically accurate, economically 
feasible, and socially and politically acceptable SEIS. Public 
involvement will include but is not limited to: Information 
dissemination; identification of problems, needs and opportunities; 
idea generation; public education; problem solving; providing feedback 
on proposals; evaluation of alternatives; conflict resolution by 
consensus; public and scoping notices and meetings; public, stakeholder 
and advisory groups consultation and meetings; and making the SEIS and 
supporting information readily available in conveniently located 
places, such as libraries and on the World Wide Web.
    4. Scoping. Scoping, an early and open process for identifying the 
scope of significant issues related to the proposed action to be 
addressed in the SEIS, will be used to: (a) Identify the affected 
public and agency concerns; (b) facilitate an efficient SEIS 
preparation process; (c) define the issues and alternatives that will 
be examined in detail in the SEIS; and (d) save time in the overall 
process by helping to ensure that the draft SEIS adequately addresses 
relevant issues. A Scoping Meeting Notice announcing the locations, 
dates and times for scoping meetings will be mailed to all interested 
parties in January 2009.
    5. Coordination. The USACE and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(USFWS) have formally committed to work together to conserve, protect, 
and restore fish and wildlife resources while ensuring environmental 
sustainability of our Nation's water resources under the January 22, 
2003 Partnership Agreement for Water Resources and Fish and Wildlife. 
The USFWS will provide a Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Report. 
Coordination will be maintained with the USFWS and the National Marine 
Fisheries Service (NMFS) regarding threatened and endangered species 
under their respective jurisdictional responsibilities. Coordination 
will be maintained with the NMFS regarding essential fish habitat. 
Coordination will be maintained with the Natural Resources Conservation 
Service regarding prime and unique farmlands. The U.S. Department of 
Agriculture will be consulted regarding the ``Swampbuster'' provisions 
of the Food Security Act. Coordination will be maintained with the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency concerning compliance with Executive 
Order 12898, ``Federal Action to Address Environmental Justice in 
Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.'' Coordination will be 
maintained with the Advisory Counsel on Historic Preservation and the 
State Historic Preservation Officer. The Louisiana Department of 
Natural Resources will be consulted regarding consistency with the 
Coastal Zone Management Act. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and 
Fisheries will be consulted concerning potential impacts to Natural and 
Scenic Streams.
    5. Availability of Draft SEIS. The earliest that the draft SEIS 
will be available for public review would be in spring of 2010. The 
draft SEIS or a notice of availability will be distributed

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to affected Federal, state, and local agencies, Indian tribes, and 
other interested parties.

    Dated: December 11, 2008.
Mark D. Jernigan,
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Deputy District Commander.
[FR Doc. E8-30366 Filed 12-19-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3720-58-P