Public Hearing and Notice of Availability for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Widening of the Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte Channel, Jackson County, MS, 23669-23670 [2012-9627]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 77 / Friday, April 20, 2012 / Notices Questions or written comments about the proposed action and DEIS should be provided by May 21, 2012. ADDRESSES: Submit comments to Mr. Charles W. Seyle, US Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, ATTN: PD, Post Office Box 889, Savannah, GA 31402 or email: CESASPD.SAS@usace.army.mil. This Notice of Intent will be available on the internet at: http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Charles W. Seyle at 912–652–6017. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background. The AIWW between Savannah, Georgia, and Fernandina, Florida, was initially authorized by the Congress in 1882. The River and Harbor Act of 1937 provided for a 7-foot protected route around St. Andrew Sound, Georgia, and for a 12-foot channel between Beaufort, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. In 1938, a 12-foot channel was authorized between Savannah and Fernandina, Florida. The widths of the AIWW were to be 90 feet in land cuts and 150 feet in open waters. In addition to providing for the 12-foot channel between Beaufort and Fernandina, Congress imposed upon local interests the responsibility to furnish all lands or easements necessary for the 7-foot St. Andrews Sound channel and all necessary rights-of-way and dredged sediment disposal areas for new work and subsequent maintenance of the 12foot channel between Beaufort and Fernandina. Work on the 12-foot channel between Beaufort and Fernandina was completed in 1941. Savannah District, US Army Corps of Engineers records provide historical dredging information between 1942 and 2011. These records show that many of the 36 defined AIWW reaches from Port Royal Sound, South Carolina, and the Georgia-Florida border are naturally 12 feet deep or deeper and have not required dredging since construction of the waterway in the 1940s. Twenty of the reaches require periodic dredging, and of these, five require dredging every 1 to 5 years. The southernmost Georgia reach is located near the U.S. Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Georgia, and the Navy is responsible for maintaining this reach. Consequently, no Corps action will be analyzed in the DEIS for that reach. During previous dredging events along several reaches of the AIWW, dredged material that was primarily fine-grained silt was pumped onto unconfined saltmarsh disposal sites or into existing confined saltmarsh disposal sites. Material that was primarily coarse-grained sand was tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:17 Apr 19, 2012 Jkt 226001 deposited in approved open-water disposal areas. State natural resource agencies have requested that the Corps discontinue placement of fine-grained dredged material on unconfined saltmarsh sites. The proposed DEIS would examine unconfined sediment placement on saltmarsh sites and identify locations where it would no longer be used and where its use may still be the least damaging practicable disposal method. The DMMP proposes to use a combination of new and existing disposal sites, open-water placement of sandy dredged material, and ODMDS for disposal of AIWW dredged material over the next 20 years. The DEIS will examine a wide range of environmental resource areas including, but not limited to, air quality, traffic, noise, biological resources, cultural resources, socio-economic resources, wetlands, land use, hazardous and toxic substances, and cumulative environmental effects. Significant issues to be analyzed in the DEIS will include potential impacts to water quality, marine and estuarine resources, wetlands, endangered species, cultural resources, commercial maritime interests, and recreational boating. Additional resources and conditions may be identified as a result of the scoping process initiated by this Notice of Intent (NOI). All reasonable alternatives will be analyzed in the DEIS. The range of alternatives will include, but are not limited to: • No Action (status quo); • Use existing confined dredged material containment areas; • Use existing Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Sites; • Establish new Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Sites; • Construct new confined dredged material containment areas. The DMMP will identify disposal alternatives for several of the critical reaches and the impacts of each of these alternatives will be analyzed in the DEIS. As a result of information developed during the DEIS scoping process, other alternatives may be considered. The DEIS will analyze each alternative’s impact on the natural and cultural environments along the AIWW and the surrounding area. Mitigation measures to avoid or reduce environmental impacts will also be considered in the DEIS. The DEIS is presently scheduled for release in Summer 2012. However, this date may change. Notification of the availability of the document will be published in the Federal Register and local newspapers. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23669 Scoping Process: The Corps of Engineers invites tribal, federal, state and local agencies and the public to participate in the scoping process for preparation of the DEIS. The scoping process will help identify additional reasonable alternatives, potential environmental impacts, and key issues of concern to be analyzed in the DEIS. Dated: April 13, 2012. William G. Bailey, Chief, Planning Division, Savannah District, US Army Corps of Engineers. [FR Doc. 2012–9578 Filed 4–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3730–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Public Hearing and Notice of Availability for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Widening of the Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte Channel, Jackson County, MS Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: On April 6, 2011, the Jackson County Port Authority (JCPA) submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Mobile District, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) for authorization to impact wetlands and other waters of the United States associated with the proposed widening of the Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte Channel (the proposed project). The proposed project is located in the Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte, Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi (Latitude 30.365° North, Longitude 88.556° West). The Corps prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project. The proposed project is the dredging of approximately 38,200 feet (7.2 miles) of the existing Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte Channel segment to widen the channel from the Federally authorized width of 350 feet and depth of ¥42 feet mean lower low water (MLLW) (with 2 feet of allowable over-depth and 2 feet of advanced maintenance) to a width of 450 feet, parallel to the existing channel centerline and to the existing Federally authorized depth of ¥42 feet MLLW. The proposed project would include the placement of approximately 3.35 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 23670 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 77 / Friday, April 20, 2012 / Notices million cubic yards of dredged material resulting from the channel modification. DATES: The Corps will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the DEIS. The public hearing will be held May 10, 2012, 6 p.m., Grand Magnolia Ballroom, 3604 Magnolia Street, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Written comments on the DEIS must be received no later than May 29, 2012. Additional Information on how to submit comments is included in the (SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) section. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Written and emailed comments to the Corps will be received until May 29, 2012. Correspondence concerning this Public Hearing should refer to Public Notice Number SAM–2011–00389–PAH and should be directed to the U.S. Army Engineer District, RD–C–M Attention: Mr. Philip Hegji, Post Office Box 2288, Mobile, Alabama 36628–0001, via email at philip.a.hegji@usace.army.mil or by phone at (251) 690–3222. We encourage any additional comments from interested public, agencies and local officials. For additional information about our Regulatory Program, please visit our web site at: www.sam.usace.army.mil/rd/reg/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Availability of the Draft EIS: The DEIS will be made available to the public April 13, 2012. The public hearing will be held May 10, 2012, during the 45-day public comment period for the DEIS. On April 6, 2011, the Jackson County Port Authority (JCPA) submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Mobile District, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) for authorization to impact wetlands and other waters of the United States associated with the proposed widening of the Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte Channel (the proposed project), Jackson County. The proposed project is located in the Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte, Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi (Latitude 30.365° North, Longitude 88.556° West). The Corps prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project. The proposed project is the dredging of approximately 38,200 feet (7.2 miles) of the existing Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte Channel segment to widen the channel from the Federally authorized width of 350 feet and depth of ¥42 feet mean lower low water (MLLW) (with 2 feet of allowable over-depth and 2 feet of advanced VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:17 Apr 19, 2012 Jkt 226001 maintenance) to a width of 450 feet, parallel to the existing channel centerline and to the existing Federally authorized depth of ¥42 feet MLLW. The proposed project would include the placement of approximately 3.35 million cubic yards of dredged material resulting from the channel modification. The JCPA requested a Department of the Army (DOA) permit pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, including a Section 404(b)(1) analysis to help ensure compliance. The Corps is the lead Federal agency for the preparation of this DEIS in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the President’s Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA. The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard are cooperating agencies for the preparation of the EIS. This application was advertised by 30-day Public Notice April 15, 2011. On April 13, 2012, a copy of the DEIS will be available for public review. The DEIS is available to the public at: www.sam.usace.army.mil/rd/reg. Hardcopies of the DEIS are available upon request from Mr. Philip A. Hegji, Corps Project Manager (contact information below). This document is being circulated to resource agencies and interested members of the public for a 45-day comment period ending May 29, 2012. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012, at the Grand Magnolia Ballroom at 3604 Magnolia Street, Pascagoula, Mississippi. The public hearing will be held to provide information about the proposed project and to receive public input and comments on the DEIS. The Corps invites full public participation to promote open communication on the issues surrounding the DEIS. In addition, participation by Federal, State, local agencies and other interested organizations is encouraged. Both oral and written statements will be accepted at the hearing. An informal open house will be held from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Grand Magnolia Ballroom to allow the public the opportunity to become familiar with the proposed project prior to the start of the formal hearing. Displays of the proposed project and associated impacts will be available. Representatives from the JCPA will be present to answer questions concerning the project and Corps representatives will be available to answer questions concerning the Corps regulatory process. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The public hearing will be conducted in English. Those in need of language interpreters should contact the Corps’ Public Involvement consultant, Crouch Environmental Services at (713) 868– 1043, by Thursday, May 3, 2012. Any comments received at the hearing will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposed project. All comments will be considered in the final EIS pursuant to NEPA. Comments are also used to help determine the overall public interest of the proposed project. All comments must be received or postmarked by May 29, 2012 (19 days following the public hearing). Dated: April 5, 2012. Cindy J. House-Pearson, Chief, Regulatory Division. [FR Doc. 2012–9627 Filed 4–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Encinitas and Solana Beach Shoreline Protection Project, San Diego County, CA Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: The Los Angeles District intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) to support a cost-shared feasibility study with the Cities of Encinitas and Solana Beach, CA, for shoreline protection along the coastline of these two cities. The purpose of the feasibility study is to evaluate alternatives for reducing shoreline erosion. The EIS/EIR will analyze potential impacts of the recommended plan and a range of alternatives for shoreline protection. Alternatives will include both structural and non-structural measures. ADDRESSES: You may also submit your concerns in writing to the city or the Los Angeles District at the address below. Comments, suggestions, and requests to be placed on the mailing list for announcements should be sent to Larry Smith, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, P.O. Box 532711, Los Angeles, CA 90053–2325, or email to lawrence.j.smith@usace.army.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Mr. Larry Smith, Project Environmental SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Public Hearing and Notice of Availability for the Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Widening of the 
Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte Channel, Jackson County, MS

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

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: On April 6, 2011, the Jackson County Port Authority (JCPA) 
submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), 
Mobile District, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) 
and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) for 
authorization to impact wetlands and other waters of the United States 
associated with the proposed widening of the Pascagoula Lower Sound/
Bayou Casotte Channel (the proposed project). The proposed project is 
located in the Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte, Pascagoula, 
Jackson County, Mississippi (Latitude 30.365[deg] North, Longitude 
88.556[deg] West). The Corps prepared a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (DEIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts 
associated with the proposed project. The proposed project is the 
dredging of approximately 38,200 feet (7.2 miles) of the existing 
Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte Channel segment to widen the 
channel from the Federally authorized width of 350 feet and depth of -
42 feet mean lower low water (MLLW) (with 2 feet of allowable over-
depth and 2 feet of advanced maintenance) to a width of 450 feet, 
parallel to the existing channel centerline and to the existing 
Federally authorized depth of -42 feet MLLW. The proposed project would 
include the placement of approximately 3.35

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million cubic yards of dredged material resulting from the channel 
modification.

DATES: The Corps will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the 
DEIS. The public hearing will be held May 10, 2012, 6 p.m., Grand 
Magnolia Ballroom, 3604 Magnolia Street, Pascagoula, Mississippi.
    Written comments on the DEIS must be received no later than May 29, 
2012.
    Additional Information on how to submit comments is included in the 
(SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) section.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Written and emailed comments to the 
Corps will be received until May 29, 2012. Correspondence concerning 
this Public Hearing should refer to Public Notice Number SAM-2011-
00389-PAH and should be directed to the U.S. Army Engineer District, 
RD-C-M Attention: Mr. Philip Hegji, Post Office Box 2288, Mobile, 
Alabama 36628-0001, via email at philip.a.hegji@usace.army.mil or by 
phone at (251) 690-3222. We encourage any additional comments from 
interested public, agencies and local officials. For additional 
information about our Regulatory Program, please visit our web site at: 
www.sam.usace.army.mil/rd/reg/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Availability of the Draft EIS: The DEIS will 
be made available to the public April 13, 2012. The public hearing will 
be held May 10, 2012, during the 45-day public comment period for the 
DEIS.
    On April 6, 2011, the Jackson County Port Authority (JCPA) 
submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), 
Mobile District, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) 
and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) for 
authorization to impact wetlands and other waters of the United States 
associated with the proposed widening of the Pascagoula Lower Sound/
Bayou Casotte Channel (the proposed project), Jackson County. The 
proposed project is located in the Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou 
Casotte, Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi (Latitude 30.365[deg] 
North, Longitude 88.556[deg] West).
    The Corps prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to 
assess the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed 
project. The proposed project is the dredging of approximately 38,200 
feet (7.2 miles) of the existing Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte 
Channel segment to widen the channel from the Federally authorized 
width of 350 feet and depth of -42 feet mean lower low water (MLLW) 
(with 2 feet of allowable over-depth and 2 feet of advanced 
maintenance) to a width of 450 feet, parallel to the existing channel 
centerline and to the existing Federally authorized depth of -42 feet 
MLLW. The proposed project would include the placement of approximately 
3.35 million cubic yards of dredged material resulting from the channel 
modification.
    The JCPA requested a Department of the Army (DOA) permit pursuant 
to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, Section 103 of the 
Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act and Section 404 of the 
Clean Water Act, including a Section 404(b)(1) analysis to help ensure 
compliance. The Corps is the lead Federal agency for the preparation of 
this DEIS in compliance with the requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the President's Council on 
Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA. The National 
Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard are cooperating 
agencies for the preparation of the EIS. This application was 
advertised by 30-day Public Notice April 15, 2011.
    On April 13, 2012, a copy of the DEIS will be available for public 
review. The DEIS is available to the public at: www.sam.usace.army.mil/rd/reg. Hardcopies of the DEIS are available upon request from Mr. 
Philip A. Hegji, Corps Project Manager (contact information below). 
This document is being circulated to resource agencies and interested 
members of the public for a 45-day comment period ending May 29, 2012.
    A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 
the Grand Magnolia Ballroom at 3604 Magnolia Street, Pascagoula, 
Mississippi. The public hearing will be held to provide information 
about the proposed project and to receive public input and comments on 
the DEIS. The Corps invites full public participation to promote open 
communication on the issues surrounding the DEIS. In addition, 
participation by Federal, State, local agencies and other interested 
organizations is encouraged. Both oral and written statements will be 
accepted at the hearing. An informal open house will be held from 6 
p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Grand Magnolia Ballroom to allow the public 
the opportunity to become familiar with the proposed project prior to 
the start of the formal hearing. Displays of the proposed project and 
associated impacts will be available. Representatives from the JCPA 
will be present to answer questions concerning the project and Corps 
representatives will be available to answer questions concerning the 
Corps regulatory process.
    The public hearing will be conducted in English. Those in need of 
language interpreters should contact the Corps' Public Involvement 
consultant, Crouch Environmental Services at (713) 868-1043, by 
Thursday, May 3, 2012.
    Any comments received at the hearing will be considered by the 
Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit 
for this proposed project. All comments will be considered in the final 
EIS pursuant to NEPA. Comments are also used to help determine the 
overall public interest of the proposed project. All comments must be 
received or postmarked by May 29, 2012 (19 days following the public 
hearing).

     Dated: April 5, 2012.
 Cindy J. House-Pearson,
 Chief, Regulatory Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-9627 Filed 4-19-12; 8:45 am]
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