Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Installation of a Terminal Groin Structure at the Western End of South Beach, Bald Head Island, in Close Proximity to the Federal Wilmington Harbor Channel of the Cape Fear River (Brunswick County, NC), 15087-15088 [2012-6127]

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AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office 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 Harbor Act, from the Village of Bald Head Island (VBHI) to develop and implement a shoreline protection plan that includes the installation of a terminal groin structure on the east side of the Wilmington Harbor Baldhead Shoal Entrance Channel (a federallymaintained navigation channel of the Cape Fear River) at the ‘‘Point’’ of Bald Head Island. The structure will be designed to be strategically incorporated into the federal beach disposal operations associated with the Wilmington Harbor Sand Management Plan. SUMMARY: A public scoping meeting for the DEIS will be held at the ILA Hall, located at 211 West 10th Street in Southport (NC) on March 22, 2012 at 6 p.m. Written comments will be received until April 9, 2012. ADDRESSES: Copies of comments and questions regarding scoping of the DEIS may be submitted to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Regulatory Division. ATTN: File Number SAW–2012–00040, 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: REASON: VerDate Mar<15>2010 Management System. The records will assume the same retention schedule as listed in LDIA 07–0003. Questions about the proposed action and DEIS can be directed to Mr. David Timpy, Project Manager, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office, telephone: (910) 251–4634. Additional description of the PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15087 VBHI’s proposal can be found at the following link, http:// www.saw.usace.army.mil/WETLANDS/ Projects/index.html, under the Village of Bald Head Island Terminal Groin Project. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Description The west end of South Beach has experienced both chronic mid-term (decadal) and accelerated short-term erosion losses (with direct impacts to beaches and dunes of this segment of shoreline). A nourishment project has been employed by the VBHI to mitigate the effects of these losses. In addition, several million cubic yards of sand from a Federal navigation project has been disposed on the beach since 1991. Despite this sand placement on the beach, a portion of South Beach continues to experience substantial erosion, potentially impacting public infrastructure and homes. It is the VBHI’s desire to implement a long-term beach and dune stabilization strategy. The applicant contends that a necessary component to the success of this strategy is the installation of a terminal groin that would (1) reduce inletdirected sand losses from beach fill construction projects; and (2) stabilize shoreline alignment along the westernmost segment of South Beach in such a manner that alongshore transport rates are reduced. The VBHI proposal calls for the construction of a single terminal groin designed to compliment future placement of beach fill at South Beach. The structure will serve as a ‘‘template’’ for fill material placed eastward of the proposed terminal groin. In that regard, the groin will be designed as a ‘‘leaky’’ structure (i.e. semipermeable) so as to provide for some level of sand transport to West Beach (located northward of the proposed groin). 2. Issues There are several potential environmental and public interest issues that will be addressed in the DEIS. Additional issues may be identified during the scoping process. Issues initially identified as potentially significant include: a. Potential impacts to marine biological resources (benthic organisms, passageway for fish and other marine life) and Essential Fish Habitat. b. Potential impacts to threatened and endangered marine mammals, birds, fish, and plants. c. Potential impacts to adjacent shoreline changes on West Beach of Bald Head Island and adjacent shorelines. E:\FR\FM\14MRN1.SGM 14MRN1 15088 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 50 / Wednesday, March 14, 2012 / Notices d. Potential impacts to Navigation, commercial and recreational. e. Potential impacts to the long-term management of the oceanfront shorelines. f. Potential effects on regional sand sources and how it relates to sand management practices and North Carolina’s Beach Inlet Management Practices. g. Potential effects of shoreline protection. h. Potential impacts on public health and safety. i. Potential impacts to recreational and commercial fishing. j. Potential impacts to cultural resources. k. Cumulative impacts of past, present, and foreseeable future dredging and nourishment activities. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 3. Alternatives Several alternatives are being considered for the development of the protection plan. These alternatives will be further formulated and developed during the scoping process and an appropriate range of alternatives, including the no federal action alternative, will be considered in the DEIS. 4. Scoping Process A public scoping meeting (see DATES) will be held to receive public comment and assess public concerns regarding the appropriate scope and preparation of the DEIS. Participation in the public meeting by federal, state, and local agencies and other interested organizations and persons is encouraged. The USACE will consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act; with the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Endangered Species Act; and with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office under the National Historic Preservation Act. Additionally, the USACE will coordinate the DEIS with the North Carolina Division of Water Quality (NCDWQ) to assess the potential water quality impacts pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, and with the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (NCDCM) to determine the projects consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Act. The USACE will closely work with NCDCM and NCDWQ in the development of the DEIS to ensure the process complies with current State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements. It is the intention VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:29 Mar 13, 2012 Jkt 226001 of both the USACE and the State of North Carolina to consolidate the NEPA and SEPA processes thereby eliminating duplication. 6. Availability of the DEIS The DEIS is expected to be published and circulated by the end of 2012. A public hearing will be held after the publication of the DEIS. Dated: March 2, 2012. Scott McLendon, Assistant Chief, Regulatory Division. [FR Doc. 2012–6127 Filed 3–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Public Scoping Meeting and Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement for Baryonyx Corporation, Inc.’s Proposed Wind Farm, Offshore, Willacy and Cameron Counties, TX Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, has received a permit application for a Department of the Army (DA) Permit pursuant to 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) from Baryonyx Corporation, Inc. (SWG–2011–00511) for the proposed approximately 300turbine offshore wind farm located in the Gulf of Mexico state waters, offshore Willacy and Cameron Counties in state tracts: 1068, 1069, 1085, 1086, 1087, 1088, 1089, 1090, 1126, 1127, 1129, 1130 and 1131. The primary Federal involvement associated with the proposed action is the discharge or dredged or fill material into waters of the United States, and the construction of structures that may affect navigable waters. Federal authorizations for the proposed project would constitute a ‘‘major federal action.’’ Based on the potential impacts, both individually and cumulatively, the Corps intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act to render a final decision on the permit applications. The Corps’ decision will be to issue, issue with modification or deny DA permits for the proposed action. The EIS will assess the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of the construction and operation of the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 offshore wind farm, associated facilities, and appurtenances and is intended to be sufficient in scope to address Federal, State and local requirements, environmental and socio-economic issues concerning the proposed action, and permit reviews. DATES: The agency must receive comments on or before May 14, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: Mail: Jayson M. Hudson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Branch, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, TX 77553–1229; Fax: (409) 766–3931 or Email: SWG2011511@usace.army.mil. Emailed comments, including attachments, should be provided in .doc, .docx, .pdf or .txt formats. Documents pertinent to the proposed project may be examined at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/reg/ eis.asp. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jayson Hudson, (409) 766–3108. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Galveston District intends to prepare an EIS on the proposed Baryonyx offshore wind farm which would include the proposed construction of approximately 300 offshore turbines in the Gulf of Mexico offshore Willacy and Cameron Counties, TX. Baryonyx Corporation, Inc. proposed this project and is the applicant for the DA permit SWG–2011– 00511. 1. Project Background: The applicant proposes to construct an approximately 300-turbine wind farm in two areas referred to as the North Rio Grande Lease and Rio Grande Lease. The project is located in Gulf of Mexico state waters, offshore Willacy and Cameron Counties in state tracts: 1068, 1069, 1085, 1086, 1087, 1088, 1089, 1090, 1126, 1127, 1129, 1130 and 1131. The proposed project consists of the following: a. Wind Turbines and Foundations: Each lease site will be comprised of 100–200 wind turbine generators in a grid pattern (turbine array). The final locations will be determined by consultation with appropriate state and federal agencies and consideration of constraints including: wind resource characteristics; safety and navigation; technical characteristics of the wind turbine generators; electrical collection system characteristics; geophysical site constraints; and environmental and ecological considerations. The specific turbine has not been selected so that Baryonyx may take advantage of the latest technologies in wind generation which may become commercially available at the time of procurement. Turbines will be installed onto individual platform foundations attached to the seabed. Foundation type E:\FR\FM\14MRN1.SGM 14MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 50 (Wednesday, March 14, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15087-15088]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-6127]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) 
for the Installation of a Terminal Groin Structure at the Western End 
of South Beach, Bald Head Island, in Close Proximity to the Federal 
Wilmington Harbor Channel of the Cape Fear River (Brunswick County, NC)

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), Wilmington District, 
Wilmington Regulatory Field Office 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 Harbor Act, from the 
Village of Bald Head Island (VBHI) to develop and implement a shoreline 
protection plan that includes the installation of a terminal groin 
structure on the east side of the Wilmington Harbor Baldhead Shoal 
Entrance Channel (a federally-maintained navigation channel of the Cape 
Fear River) at the ``Point'' of Bald Head Island. The structure will be 
designed to be strategically incorporated into the federal beach 
disposal operations associated with the Wilmington Harbor Sand 
Management Plan.

DATES: A public scoping meeting for the DEIS will be held at the ILA 
Hall, located at 211 West 10th Street in Southport (NC) on March 22, 
2012 at 6 p.m. Written comments will be received until April 9, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Copies of comments and questions regarding scoping of the 
DEIS may be submitted to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington 
District, Regulatory Division. ATTN: File Number SAW-2012-00040, 69 
Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
and DEIS can be directed to Mr. David Timpy, Project Manager, 
Wilmington Regulatory Field Office, telephone: (910) 251-4634. 
Additional description of the VBHI's proposal can be found at the 
following link, http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/WETLANDS/Projects/index.html, under the Village of Bald Head Island Terminal Groin 
Project.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1. Project Description

    The west end of South Beach has experienced both chronic mid-term 
(decadal) and accelerated short-term erosion losses (with direct 
impacts to beaches and dunes of this segment of shoreline). A 
nourishment project has been employed by the VBHI to mitigate the 
effects of these losses. In addition, several million cubic yards of 
sand from a Federal navigation project has been disposed on the beach 
since 1991. Despite this sand placement on the beach, a portion of 
South Beach continues to experience substantial erosion, potentially 
impacting public infrastructure and homes. It is the VBHI's desire to 
implement a long-term beach and dune stabilization strategy. The 
applicant contends that a necessary component to the success of this 
strategy is the installation of a terminal groin that would (1) reduce 
inlet-directed sand losses from beach fill construction projects; and 
(2) stabilize shoreline alignment along the westernmost segment of 
South Beach in such a manner that alongshore transport rates are 
reduced. The VBHI proposal calls for the construction of a single 
terminal groin designed to compliment future placement of beach fill at 
South Beach. The structure will serve as a ``template'' for fill 
material placed eastward of the proposed terminal groin. In that 
regard, the groin will be designed as a ``leaky'' structure (i.e. semi-
permeable) so as to provide for some level of sand transport to West 
Beach (located northward of the proposed groin).

2. Issues

    There are several potential environmental and public interest 
issues that will be addressed in the DEIS. Additional issues may be 
identified during the scoping process. Issues initially identified as 
potentially significant include:
    a. Potential impacts to marine biological resources (benthic 
organisms, passageway for fish and other marine life) and Essential 
Fish Habitat.
    b. Potential impacts to threatened and endangered marine mammals, 
birds, fish, and plants.
    c. Potential impacts to adjacent shoreline changes on West Beach of 
Bald Head Island and adjacent shorelines.

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    d. Potential impacts to Navigation, commercial and recreational.
    e. Potential impacts to the long-term management of the oceanfront 
shorelines.
    f. Potential effects on regional sand sources and how it relates to 
sand management practices and North Carolina's Beach Inlet Management 
Practices.
    g. Potential effects of shoreline protection.
    h. Potential impacts on public health and safety.
    i. Potential impacts to recreational and commercial fishing.
    j. Potential impacts to cultural resources.
    k. Cumulative impacts of past, present, and foreseeable future 
dredging and nourishment activities.

3. Alternatives

    Several alternatives are being considered for the development of 
the protection plan. These alternatives will be further formulated and 
developed during the scoping process and an appropriate range of 
alternatives, including the no federal action alternative, will be 
considered in the DEIS.

4. Scoping Process

    A public scoping meeting (see DATES) will be held to receive public 
comment and assess public concerns regarding the appropriate scope and 
preparation of the DEIS. Participation in the public meeting by 
federal, state, and local agencies and other interested organizations 
and persons is encouraged.
    The USACE will consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
under the Endangered Species Act and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination 
Act; with the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Endangered 
Species Act; and with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation 
Office under the National Historic Preservation Act. Additionally, the 
USACE will coordinate the DEIS with the North Carolina Division of 
Water Quality (NCDWQ) to assess the potential water quality impacts 
pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, and with the North 
Carolina Division of Coastal Management (NCDCM) to determine the 
projects consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Act. The USACE 
will closely work with NCDCM and NCDWQ in the development of the DEIS 
to ensure the process complies with current State Environmental Policy 
Act (SEPA) requirements. It is the intention of both the USACE and the 
State of North Carolina to consolidate the NEPA and SEPA processes 
thereby eliminating duplication.

6. Availability of the DEIS

    The DEIS is expected to be published and circulated by the end of 
2012. A public hearing will be held after the publication of the DEIS.

    Dated: March 2, 2012.
Scott McLendon,
Assistant Chief, Regulatory Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-6127 Filed 3-13-12; 8:45 am]
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