Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement Project, Grays Harbor, Washington, 56681-56682 [2013-22286]

Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 178 / Friday, September 13, 2013 / Notices 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102–3.150. Purpose of the Meeting: The purpose of the meeting is to obtain, review and evaluate information related to strategies, policies, and practices designed to improve and enhance the capabilities, efficiency, and effectiveness of the reserve components. The Board will review proposed recommendations of its Secretary of Defense Strategic Question Task Group. Agenda: The Reserve Forces Policy Board will hold a meeting from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Board will review and deliberate over proposed recommendations of the Board’s Secretary of Defense Strategic Questions Task Group. Meeting Accessibility: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended and 41 CFR 102–3.140 through 102–3.165, and subject to the availability of space, the meeting is open to the public. Seating is on a first-come basis. 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AIE supports military personnel (Active/Reserve/ Guard/retired); DoD civilian/contractor employees; corporate employees; vendors and visitors enrollment and access. Dated: September 9, 2013. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register, Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2013–22248 Filed 9–12–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement Project, Grays Harbor, Washington Department of Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 56682 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 178 / Friday, September 13, 2013 / Notices Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Seattle District, as lead Federal agency, will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) evaluating the Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement Project. The purpose of this supplement is to address proposed changes to the Grays Harbor and Chehalis River Navigation Project developed since the Corps prepared the 1982 Grays Harbor, Chehalis and Hoquiam Rivers, Washington Channel Improvements for Navigation Interim Feasibility Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and its 1989 supplement. The SEIS updates the original EIS and its supplement with more recent relevant environmental information, and updates the description of effects that may potentially occur from implementing the proposed action. The SEIS will evaluate the practicality and potential environmental impacts of three alternatives: two with varying channel depths and no action. SUMMARY: To be included on the mailing list for review of the SEIS, all requests should be submitted to Mr. Kevin McKeag, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, 4735 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, Washington, 98134. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Kevin McKeag, Environmental and Cultural Resources Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at email: kevin.j.mckeag@usace.army.mil, by regular mail (see ADDRESSES), or telephone: 206–764–3576. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Preparation of an SEIS will inform the Corps’ eventual decision on whether or not to implement the proposed action. As part of the NEPA process, the Corps will gather and analyze information to compare the potential environmental effects of possible project alternatives and a ‘‘no action’’ alternative in the SEIS. The SEIS will be prepared to assess the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of the project, and will be sufficient in scope to address Federal, State and local regulatory requirements and pertinent environmental and socio-economic issues. The Federal SEIS process begins with publication of this Notice of Intent. The SEIS will be prepared in accordance with the Corps’ procedures for implementing NEPA (33 CFR Part 230) and consistent with the Corps’ policy to facilitate public understanding and review of agency proposals. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:23 Sep 12, 2013 Jkt 229001 1. Proposed Action: The proposed action is to deepen the Federal navigation deep-draft channel in Grays Harbor from its currently maintained depth of minus 36 feet mean lower low water (MLLW) down to its authorized depth of minus 38 feet MLLW, including placement of the dredged material at existing authorized dredged material placement sites (including appropriate upland placement as necessary for any sediments not meeting unconfined aquatic placement criteria). Congress initially authorized construction of the navigation channel in the Rivers and Harbors Appropriations Act of 1899. Dredging of the navigation channel to a depth of minus 38 feet MLLW was subsequently authorized in the form of the Navigation Improvement Project by Congress in Section 202 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (Pub. L. 99– 662) in November 1986. 2. Alternatives: The SEIS will evaluate the practicability and environmental impacts of three alternatives, including the no action alternative: (1) Deepen channel to minus 37 feet MLLW; (2) Deepen channel to minus 38 feet MLLW; and (3) no action (continue to maintain channel at existing depth of minus 36 feet MLLW). The draft SEIS will identify the agency preferred action alternative, which will be identified in consideration of overall environmental impacts and contributions to cumulative impacts. The potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of the proposed action and action alternatives on the following resource issues will be analyzed in the SEIS: Vessel traffic and navigational safety; aquatic habitats; aquatic species, including Endangered Species Act-listed species and Washington State species of concern; Tribal treaty rights; wetland and riparian habitat; wildlife; vehicle traffic; cultural, historic, and archeological resources; air and water quality; noise; recreation; land use; and aesthetics. 3. Public Involvement: Initial public participation included a December 2012 public meeting held at the Port of Grays Harbor. Additional public involvement efforts will continue throughout the development of a Draft SEIS, and when complete, the Draft SEIS will be distributed (either mailed or emailed) to pertinent Federal, State and local agencies, Government officials, local libraries, Native American Tribes, and environmental interest organizations, and known interested citizens, for review and comment. 4. Scoping. Consistent with NEPA procedures, a public scoping meeting will not be held in the development of this Supplemental EIS. Comments PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 received during the December 2012 public meeting will be used to assist in development of the Draft SEIS. 5. Other Environmental Review and Coordination Requirements: The Corps has and will continue to coordinate with several agencies and entities throughout the NEPA process including: the Port of Grays Harbor, the Quinault Indian Nation, the Chehalis Tribe, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Marine Fisheries Service. The draft SEIS will address the extent to which the proposed project is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including NEPA, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Clean Air Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and Treaty Rights. 6. Availability of Draft SEIS. The draft SEIS is estimated to be completed and available for public review in fall 2013. Dated: September 3, 2013. Bruce A. Estok, Commanding Officer, COL, EN. [FR Doc. 2013–22286 Filed 9–12–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Military Readiness Activities in the Mariana Islands Training and Testing Study Area Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and regulations implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 1500–1508), and Presidential Executive Order 12114, the Department of the Navy (DoN) has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS). The Draft EIS/ OEIS evaluates the potential environmental effects associated with military readiness training and research, development, test, and evaluation activities (training and testing) conducted within the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Study SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 
for the Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement Project, Grays Harbor, 
Washington

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

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
(Corps), Seattle District, as lead Federal agency, will prepare a 
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) evaluating the Grays 
Harbor Navigation Improvement Project. The purpose of this supplement 
is to address proposed changes to the Grays Harbor and Chehalis River 
Navigation Project developed since the Corps prepared the 1982 Grays 
Harbor, Chehalis and Hoquiam Rivers, Washington Channel Improvements 
for Navigation Interim Feasibility Report and Final Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS) and its 1989 supplement. The SEIS updates the 
original EIS and its supplement with more recent relevant environmental 
information, and updates the description of effects that may 
potentially occur from implementing the proposed action. The SEIS will 
evaluate the practicality and potential environmental impacts of three 
alternatives: two with varying channel depths and no action.

ADDRESSES: To be included on the mailing list for review of the SEIS, 
all requests should be submitted to Mr. Kevin McKeag, U.S. Army Corps 
of Engineers, Seattle District, 4735 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, 
Washington, 98134.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Kevin McKeag, Environmental and 
Cultural Resources Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at email: 
kevin.j.mckeag@usace.army.mil, by regular mail (see ADDRESSES), or 
telephone: 206-764-3576.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Preparation of an SEIS will inform the 
Corps' eventual decision on whether or not to implement the proposed 
action. As part of the NEPA process, the Corps will gather and analyze 
information to compare the potential environmental effects of possible 
project alternatives and a ``no action'' alternative in the SEIS. The 
SEIS will be prepared to assess the potential social, economic and 
environmental impacts of the project, and will be sufficient in scope 
to address Federal, State and local regulatory requirements and 
pertinent environmental and socio-economic issues. The Federal SEIS 
process begins with publication of this Notice of Intent. The SEIS will 
be prepared in accordance with the Corps' procedures for implementing 
NEPA (33 CFR Part 230) and consistent with the Corps' policy to 
facilitate public understanding and review of agency proposals.
    1. Proposed Action: The proposed action is to deepen the Federal 
navigation deep-draft channel in Grays Harbor from its currently 
maintained depth of minus 36 feet mean lower low water (MLLW) down to 
its authorized depth of minus 38 feet MLLW, including placement of the 
dredged material at existing authorized dredged material placement 
sites (including appropriate upland placement as necessary for any 
sediments not meeting unconfined aquatic placement criteria). Congress 
initially authorized construction of the navigation channel in the 
Rivers and Harbors Appropriations Act of 1899. Dredging of the 
navigation channel to a depth of minus 38 feet MLLW was subsequently 
authorized in the form of the Navigation Improvement Project by 
Congress in Section 202 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 
(Pub. L. 99-662) in November 1986.
    2. Alternatives: The SEIS will evaluate the practicability and 
environmental impacts of three alternatives, including the no action 
alternative: (1) Deepen channel to minus 37 feet MLLW; (2) Deepen 
channel to minus 38 feet MLLW; and (3) no action (continue to maintain 
channel at existing depth of minus 36 feet MLLW). The draft SEIS will 
identify the agency preferred action alternative, which will be 
identified in consideration of overall environmental impacts and 
contributions to cumulative impacts. The potential direct, indirect, 
and cumulative impacts of the proposed action and action alternatives 
on the following resource issues will be analyzed in the SEIS: Vessel 
traffic and navigational safety; aquatic habitats; aquatic species, 
including Endangered Species Act-listed species and Washington State 
species of concern; Tribal treaty rights; wetland and riparian habitat; 
wildlife; vehicle traffic; cultural, historic, and archeological 
resources; air and water quality; noise; recreation; land use; and 
aesthetics.
    3. Public Involvement: Initial public participation included a 
December 2012 public meeting held at the Port of Grays Harbor. 
Additional public involvement efforts will continue throughout the 
development of a Draft SEIS, and when complete, the Draft SEIS will be 
distributed (either mailed or emailed) to pertinent Federal, State and 
local agencies, Government officials, local libraries, Native American 
Tribes, and environmental interest organizations, and known interested 
citizens, for review and comment.
    4. Scoping. Consistent with NEPA procedures, a public scoping 
meeting will not be held in the development of this Supplemental EIS. 
Comments received during the December 2012 public meeting will be used 
to assist in development of the Draft SEIS.
    5. Other Environmental Review and Coordination Requirements: The 
Corps has and will continue to coordinate with several agencies and 
entities throughout the NEPA process including: the Port of Grays 
Harbor, the Quinault Indian Nation, the Chehalis Tribe, Northwest 
Indian Fisheries Commission, Washington Department of Ecology, 
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of 
Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Marine 
Fisheries Service. The draft SEIS will address the extent to which the 
proposed project is in compliance with all applicable laws and 
regulations, including NEPA, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered 
Species Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Clean Air Act, the 
National Historic Preservation Act, and Treaty Rights.
    6. Availability of Draft SEIS. The draft SEIS is estimated to be 
completed and available for public review in fall 2013.

    Dated: September 3, 2013.
Bruce A. Estok,
Commanding Officer, COL, EN.
[FR Doc. 2013-22286 Filed 9-12-13; 8:45 am]
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