The Release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Town of Nags Head Proposed Beach Nourishment Project in Dare County, NC, 59967-59968 [E9-27790]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 222 / Thursday, November 19, 2009 / Notices time of the reservoir’s construction, authorize withdrawals of 8 million gallons per day (mgd) for Gainesville and 2 mgd for Buford, a combined 10 mgd. c. Pursuant to the court’s order, as of July 17, 2012, the updated manuals will reflect that ‘‘the required off-peak flow [at Buford Dam] will be 600 cfs.’’ Currently, peak hydropower demand at Buford Dam typically occurs on weekdays from 0500–0900 and 1500– 2200 between October 1 and March 31, and on weekdays from 1300–1900 between April 1 and September 30. When the Corps is not generating hydropower to meet this peak demand, the Corps will not release more than 600 cfs from Buford Dam to support water supply withdrawals. All other aspects described in the notice of intent published in the Federal Register (73 FR 9780) on February 22, 2008 remain the same. To satisfy its obligations under NEPA, the Corps will evaluate present circumstances as part of its EIS, while acknowledging that it currently lacks authority to continue to accommodate present levels of water supply at Lake Lanier beyond July 17, 2012. Additional information on the ACF River Basin and the Master Water Control Manual Update process will be posted on the Mobile District Web page as it becomes available: http:// www.sam.usace.army.mil. R. Daren Payne, Lieutenant Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Acting District Commander. [FR Doc. E9–27787 Filed 11–18–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers The Release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Town of Nags Head Proposed Beach Nourishment Project in Dare County, NC erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Wilmington District, Regulatory Division, has received a request for Department of the Army authorization, pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, from the Town of Nags Head to dredge up to 4.6 million cubic yards of beachquality sediment from an offshore VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:22 Nov 18, 2009 Jkt 220001 borrow source, and deposit the material along approximately 10 miles of ocean shoreline in the Town of Nags Head. The applicant proposes to utilize a self-contained hopper dredge during a proposed construction window from April through September to undertake the dredging operations and discharge the sand on the beach via submerged pipeline. The applicant’s proposed borrow areas include sites identified as having beach quality material in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District’s EIS, entitled Final Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement on Hurricane Protection and Beach Erosion Control, dated September 2000 (USACE 2000). DATES: Written comments on the Draft EIS will be received until December 30, 2009. ADDRESSES: Copies of comments and questions regarding the Draft EIS may be addressed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Washington Regulatory Field Office. ATTN: File Number 200640282, 2407 W. Fifth Street, Washington, NC 27889. Copies of the Draft EIS can be reviewed on the Wilmington District Regulatory homepage at, http:// www.saw.usace.army.mil/wetlands/ regtour.htm, or contact Ms. Sharon Barnett, at (910) 251–4555, to receive written or CD copies of the Draft EIS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action and DEIS can be directed to Mr. Raleigh Bland, Project Manager, Regulatory Division, telephone: (910) 251–4564. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Description. The project site is located off NC Highway 12, adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, in the Town of Nags Head, Dare County, NC. The proposed project totals approximately 10 miles of ocean shoreline beginning approximately 1 mile from the town’s northern limit and extending south to the town line adjacent to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The proposed borrow area is located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 2–3 miles offshore of the project site. The Town of Nags Head encompasses approximately 11 miles of ocean shoreline on a barrier island located at the northern end of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The width of the berm of the island’s dune system varies considerably with location along the town’s beach and with the season. Along most of the project area, the winter berm is nonexistent due to continuing erosion processes. Dune habitat is currently decreasing due to excessive erosion of the base or toe of the dunes by waves that travel unimpeded over eroded wet PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59967 beach to directly impact dunes. The Town of Nags Head proposes to excavate 4.6 million cubic yards of beach-quality sediment from an offshore borrow source, and deposit the material along approximately 10 miles of ocean shoreline owned by the Town of Nags Head. 2. Proposed Action. The purpose of the proposed action is to nourish the Town of Nags Head’s ocean shoreline to restore a protective beach, replace sand lost during the period of delay in the implementation of the Federal Dare County Hurricane Protection and Beach Erosion Control Project (USACE 2000), and to help preserve property values and the tax base of Dare County. The proposed borrow area includes portions of offshore areas identified by the Corps of Engineers in the 2000 Federal Dare County Project. The anticipated optimal equipment for excavations will include ocean-certified, self-contained hopper dredges. Such equipment typically excavates shallow trenches (approximately 2–3 foot sections) in each pass (leaving narrow undisturbed areas at the margin of each cut), then travels to a buoyed pipeline anchored close to shore. Discharge to the beach is via submerged pipeline across the surf zone, then by way of shore-based pipe positioned along the dry beach. Only a small area of the Corps borrow area will be required to provide up to 4.6 million cubic yards of beach quality material. The applicant is coordinating the specific area for use in the proposed project with the Corps with the following understanding: (1) The final borrow area required for the emergency beach nourishment project can be limited to the equivalent of a 0.9 square-mile (approximately 575 acres) area, (2) the borrow area used will be contiguous rather than a series of small impact areas, (3) once used, the borrow area will no longer be available for use, consistent with the Dare County Project, and (4) the borrow area will be delineated so as to avoid ongoing biological monitoring stations established by the Corps in connection with the Dare County Project. The project will be built in approximate 1– 2 mile sections, optimizing the disposition of pipeline. Sections will be pumped into place with the aid of temporary dikes pushed up by bulldozers in the surf zone. Daily operations will impact approximately 500–1,000 linear feet of shoreline as work progresses in either direction from the submerged pipeline. Upon completion of a section, the submerged pipe and beach-building equipment will be shifted to the next section. As construction progresses, sections will be E:\FR\FM\19NON1.SGM 19NON1 59968 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 222 / Thursday, November 19, 2009 / Notices graded to final contours, dressed to eliminate low areas, and opened for use by the public. Support equipment will be shifted out of completed sections as soon as practicable, so that construction activities in a particular reach will not disrupt normal beach use for only a month or so at any locality. The finished sections will be allowed to adjust to natural processes for several months. The final process will include the placement of dune fencing and/or dune plantings as needed or required. 4. Alternatives. An extensive alternatives analysis was performed and reviewed for this project. This included the evaluation of a no action alternative; a retreat and relocate alternative; and the preferred alternative. Many alternatives were identified and evaluated through the scoping process, and further detailed descriptions of all alternatives is disclosed in Section 5.0 of the Draft EIS. 5. Scoping Process. A public scoping meeting was held on April 28, 2009 and public and agency comments were solicited for input in the preparation of the Draft EIS. The scoping meeting was well attended by the public, as well as representatives from local, State, and Federal governmental agencies. The COE coordinated closely with the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service in the development of the Draft EIS to ensure the process complies with State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements, as well as the NEPA requirements. The Draft EIS has been designed to consolidate both NEPA and SEPA processes, but the State of North Carolina will administer their own Coastal Zone Management Permit process. Dated: November 9, 2009. Jefferson M. Ryscavage, Colonel, U.S. Army, District Commander. [FR Doc. E9–27790 Filed 11–18–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E9–27789 Filed 11–18–09; 8:45 am] Department of the Army erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Board of Visitors Meeting BILLING CODE 3710–08–P Department of the Army, DoD. Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for the annual meeting of the Board of Visitors (BoV) for the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation SUMMARY: VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:22 Nov 18, 2009 Jkt 220001 (WHINSEC). 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


The Release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) 
for the Town of Nags Head Proposed Beach Nourishment Project in Dare 
County, NC

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Wilmington District, 
Regulatory Division, has received a request for Department of the Army 
authorization, pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and 
Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, from the Town of Nags 
Head to dredge up to 4.6 million cubic yards of beach-quality sediment 
from an offshore borrow source, and deposit the material along 
approximately 10 miles of ocean shoreline in the Town of Nags Head.
    The applicant proposes to utilize a self-contained hopper dredge 
during a proposed construction window from April through September to 
undertake the dredging operations and discharge the sand on the beach 
via submerged pipeline. The applicant's proposed borrow areas include 
sites identified as having beach quality material in the U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District's EIS, entitled Final 
Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement on Hurricane 
Protection and Beach Erosion Control, dated September 2000 (USACE 
2000).

DATES: Written comments on the Draft EIS will be received until 
December 30, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Copies of comments and questions regarding the Draft EIS may 
be addressed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, 
Washington Regulatory Field Office. ATTN: File Number 200640282, 2407 
W. Fifth Street, Washington, NC 27889. Copies of the Draft EIS can be 
reviewed on the Wilmington District Regulatory homepage at, http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/wetlands/regtour.htm, or contact Ms. Sharon 
Barnett, at (910) 251-4555, to receive written or CD copies of the 
Draft EIS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
and DEIS can be directed to Mr. Raleigh Bland, Project Manager, 
Regulatory Division, telephone: (910) 251-4564.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. Project Description. The project site is located off NC Highway 
12, adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, in the Town of Nags Head, Dare 
County, NC. The proposed project totals approximately 10 miles of ocean 
shoreline beginning approximately 1 mile from the town's northern limit 
and extending south to the town line adjacent to the Cape Hatteras 
National Seashore. The proposed borrow area is located in the Atlantic 
Ocean approximately 2-3 miles offshore of the project site. The Town of 
Nags Head encompasses approximately 11 miles of ocean shoreline on a 
barrier island located at the northern end of North Carolina's Outer 
Banks. The width of the berm of the island's dune system varies 
considerably with location along the town's beach and with the season. 
Along most of the project area, the winter berm is non-existent due to 
continuing erosion processes. Dune habitat is currently decreasing due 
to excessive erosion of the base or toe of the dunes by waves that 
travel unimpeded over eroded wet beach to directly impact dunes. The 
Town of Nags Head proposes to excavate 4.6 million cubic yards of 
beach-quality sediment from an offshore borrow source, and deposit the 
material along approximately 10 miles of ocean shoreline owned by the 
Town of Nags Head.
    2. Proposed Action. The purpose of the proposed action is to 
nourish the Town of Nags Head's ocean shoreline to restore a protective 
beach, replace sand lost during the period of delay in the 
implementation of the Federal Dare County Hurricane Protection and 
Beach Erosion Control Project (USACE 2000), and to help preserve 
property values and the tax base of Dare County.
    The proposed borrow area includes portions of offshore areas 
identified by the Corps of Engineers in the 2000 Federal Dare County 
Project. The anticipated optimal equipment for excavations will include 
ocean-certified, self-contained hopper dredges. Such equipment 
typically excavates shallow trenches (approximately 2-3 foot sections) 
in each pass (leaving narrow undisturbed areas at the margin of each 
cut), then travels to a buoyed pipeline anchored close to shore. 
Discharge to the beach is via submerged pipeline across the surf zone, 
then by way of shore-based pipe positioned along the dry beach. Only a 
small area of the Corps borrow area will be required to provide up to 
4.6 million cubic yards of beach quality material. The applicant is 
coordinating the specific area for use in the proposed project with the 
Corps with the following understanding: (1) The final borrow area 
required for the emergency beach nourishment project can be limited to 
the equivalent of a 0.9 square-mile (approximately 575 acres) area, (2) 
the borrow area used will be contiguous rather than a series of small 
impact areas, (3) once used, the borrow area will no longer be 
available for use, consistent with the Dare County Project, and (4) the 
borrow area will be delineated so as to avoid ongoing biological 
monitoring stations established by the Corps in connection with the 
Dare County Project. The project will be built in approximate 1-2 mile 
sections, optimizing the disposition of pipeline. Sections will be 
pumped into place with the aid of temporary dikes pushed up by 
bulldozers in the surf zone. Daily operations will impact approximately 
500-1,000 linear feet of shoreline as work progresses in either 
direction from the submerged pipeline. Upon completion of a section, 
the submerged pipe and beach-building equipment will be shifted to the 
next section. As construction progresses, sections will be

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graded to final contours, dressed to eliminate low areas, and opened 
for use by the public. Support equipment will be shifted out of 
completed sections as soon as practicable, so that construction 
activities in a particular reach will not disrupt normal beach use for 
only a month or so at any locality. The finished sections will be 
allowed to adjust to natural processes for several months. The final 
process will include the placement of dune fencing and/or dune 
plantings as needed or required.
    4. Alternatives. An extensive alternatives analysis was performed 
and reviewed for this project. This included the evaluation of a no 
action alternative; a retreat and relocate alternative; and the 
preferred alternative. Many alternatives were identified and evaluated 
through the scoping process, and further detailed descriptions of all 
alternatives is disclosed in Section 5.0 of the Draft EIS.
    5. Scoping Process. A public scoping meeting was held on April 28, 
2009 and public and agency comments were solicited for input in the 
preparation of the Draft EIS. The scoping meeting was well attended by 
the public, as well as representatives from local, State, and Federal 
governmental agencies.
    The COE coordinated closely with the North Carolina Division of 
Coastal Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the 
National Marine Fisheries Service in the development of the Draft EIS 
to ensure the process complies with State Environmental Policy Act 
(SEPA) requirements, as well as the NEPA requirements. The Draft EIS 
has been designed to consolidate both NEPA and SEPA processes, but the 
State of North Carolina will administer their own Coastal Zone 
Management Permit process.

    Dated: November 9, 2009.
Jefferson M. Ryscavage,
Colonel, U.S. Army, District Commander.
[FR Doc. E9-27790 Filed 11-18-09; 8:45 am]
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