Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Land-Water Interface and Service Pier Extension, Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Silverdale, WA, 8076-8078 [2015-03046]

Download as PDF 8076 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 30 / Friday, February 13, 2015 / Notices RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES: Delete entry and replace with ‘‘Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Army Crime Records Directorate, Army Investigation Record Repository, Defense Contract Management Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility, Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, National Security Agency, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Pentagon Force Protection Agency, United States Coast Guard and other DoD agencies performing criminal investigation or personnel security activities.’’ * * * * * [FR Doc. 2015–02968 Filed 2–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Land-Water Interface and Service Pier Extension, Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Silverdale, WA Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508), the Department of the Navy (Navy) has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Land-Water Interface (LWI) and Service Pier Extension (SPE) on Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Silverdale, WA. The Draft EIS evaluates the potential environmental effects of two proposed actions: (1) The proposed construction and operation of LWI structures and (2) the proposed construction and operation of a SPE and associated support facilities, both on Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. With the filing of the Draft EIS, the Navy is initiating a 60-day public comment period and has scheduled two public meetings to provide information and receive comments on the Draft EIS. This notice announces the dates and locations of the public meetings and provides information about the environmental planning effort. DATES: Dates and Addresses: Public meetings will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:56 Feb 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 p.m. on the following dates and locations: March 3, 2015, at the Chimacum High School Commons, 91 West Valley Road, Chimacum, WA 98325; March 4, 2015, at the North Kitsap High School Commons, 1780 NE Hostmark Street, Poulsbo, WA 98370. The 60-day public review and comment period for the Draft EIS is from February 13, 2015 through April 13, 2015. The Navy will hold two public meetings to inform the public about the proposed actions and potential environmental impacts, and to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the adequacy and accuracy of the environmental analysis. The public meetings will include an open house information session, followed by a presentation by the Navy, and a verbal comment session. Navy representatives will be available during the open house information sessions to clarify information related to the Draft EIS. Federal, state, and local agencies and officials, as well as interested organizations and individuals, are encouraged to provide comments in writing during the public review period or in person at one of the scheduled public meetings. Attendees will be able to submit verbal and/or written comments during the public meetings. A court reporter will record comments from the public during the verbal comment session. In the interest of available time, and to ensure all who wish to provide a verbal statement to the court reporter have the opportunity to do so, each speaker’s comments will be limited to three (3) minutes, which may be extended if meeting attendance and time permits. Equal weight will be given to verbal and written comments. Comments may also be submitted via mail to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315–1101, Attn: Mr. Thomas Dildine, LWI/SPE EIS Project Manager, via Email at nwnepa@navy.mil, or via the project Web site at: http://www.nbkeis.com/lwi. All comments, verbal or written, submitted during the public comment period will become part of the public record. All comments will be considered and acknowledged or responded to in the Final EIS. The Navy may address the comments directly, or the Navy may respond to public comments by modifying the analysis in the EIS as appropriate. Comments must be postmarked or received online by April 13, 2015, to ensure they are considered in the Final EIS. No decision will be made to implement any alternative until the NEPA process is PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 complete and a Record of Decision is signed by the Navy. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315–1101, Attn: Mr. Thomas Dildine, LWI/SPE EIS Project Manager, Email: nwnepa@ navy.mil, or project Web site: http:// www.nbkeis.com/lwi. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A Notice of Intent to prepare the Land-Water Interface and Service Pier Extension EIS was published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2013 (78 FR 7416). Two public scoping meetings were held on the following dates and locations: 1. February 20, 2013, Chimacum High School Commons, 91 West Valley Road, Chimacum, WA 98325; and 2. February 21, 2013, North Kitsap High School Commons, 1780 Northeast Hostmark Street, Poulsbo, WA 98370. The LWI proposed action is to complete the perimeter of the Waterfront Restricted Area at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor by constructing and operating barrier structures connecting the existing on-water Port Security Barrier system to the existing on-land Waterfront Security Enclave. The purpose of the LWI proposed action is to comply with Department of Defense directives to protect OHIO Class ballistic missile (TRIDENT) submarines from increased and evolving threats and to prevent the seizure, damage, or destruction of military assets. The LWI is needed to enhance security within the Waterfront Restricted Area and comply with security requirements. Three alternatives were carried forward for analysis: No Action (Alternative 1), PileSupported Pier (Alternative 2), and Port Security Barrier Modifications (Alternative 3). Alternative 3 is the preferred alternative. The SPE proposed action is to extend and operate the existing Service Pier and construct and operate support facilities to accommodate the transfer of two SEAWOLF Class submarines from Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton to Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. The purpose of the SPE proposed action is to eliminate deployment constraints and improve maintenance of the SEAWOLF Class submarine fleet. The SPE is needed to avoid restrictions at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton on navigating SEAWOLF Class submarines through Rich Passage under certain tidal conditions; improve long-term operational effectiveness for the three SEAWOLF Class submarines on Naval Base Kitsap; provide berthing and logistical support for SEAWOLF, LOS ANGELES, and VIRGINIA Class submarines at the Navy’s submarine E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 30 / Friday, February 13, 2015 / Notices research, development, test, and evaluation hub, located at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor; and improve submarine crew training and readiness through colocation of SEAWOLF Class submarines with command functions on the Naval Base Kitsap Bangor submarine training center. Three alternatives were carried forward for analysis: No Action (Alternative 1), Short Pier (Alternative 2), and Long Pier (Alternative 3). Alternative 2 is the preferred alternative. The LWI and SPE are independent actions, but are analyzed in the same EIS because their geographic proximity results in the potential for the two projects to have overlapping environmental impacts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are cooperating agencies for this EIS. The Navy analyzed potential impacts from the proposed actions on environmental resources, including marine water resources (hydrography, water quality, sediment quality); marine vegetation and invertebrates; plankton; fish; marine mammals; marine birds; terrestrial biological resources (vegetation and habitats; wetlands; threatened, endangered, and sensitive species; and wildlife); geology, soils, and water resources; land use and recreation; airborne acoustic environment; aesthetics and visual quality; socioeconomics; environmental justice and protection of children; cultural resources; American Indian traditional resources; traffic; and air quality. For the LWI structures constructed under Alternative 2, impacts would include in-water pile-driving noise, including effects on fish and wildlife; turbidity; and habitat impacts. Impacts from operation and maintenance would include loss and shading of marine habitat, including eelgrass, macroalgae, and the benthic (bottom-dwelling) community, as well as potential interference with migration of some Endangered Species Act (ESA) protected juvenile salmon. LWI Alternative 2 has the potential to impact fish and bird species protected under the ESA and marine mammals protected under the ESA and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). For the LWI structures constructed under Alternative 3, impacts would include airborne piledriving noise, including effects on fish and wildlife, and habitat impacts. Impacts from operation and maintenance would include loss of marine habitat, including eelgrass. LWI Alternative 3 has the potential to impact fish and bird species protected under the ESA. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:56 Feb 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 Upland construction for both Alternatives 2 and 3 would result in permanent and temporary vegetation disturbance, but no wetland impacts would occur. No terrestrial animals or plants protected under the ESA or Migratory Bird Treaty Act would be affected; however, bald eagles foraging along the shoreline could be disturbed during construction. Project construction would have overall positive impacts on the local economy. Tribal access to some shellfish beds would be restricted during construction and, in the long term, a small area of these beds would be lost. During construction, vessel traffic would result in more openings of the Hood Canal Bridge, causing traffic delays on State Route 104 between the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. Construction impacts on air and water quality would be minor and localized. For the SPE, construction impacts would include in-water pile-driving noise and its effects on fish, wildlife, and neighboring communities; turbidity; and habitat impacts. Impacts from operation and maintenance would include loss and shading of marine habitat, but there would be minimal interference with the migration of juvenile salmon. SPE alternatives 2 and 3 could potentially impact fish and bird species protected under the ESA and marine mammals protected under the ESA and the MMPA. Upland impacts would include both permanent and temporary vegetation disturbance; however, no wetland impacts would occur. No terrestrial animals or plants protected under the ESA would be affected. Bald Eagles foraging along the shoreline could be disturbed during construction. Residential areas south of the base would experience increased noise levels during project construction. Construction would have an overall positive impact on the local economy. During construction, vessel traffic would result in more openings of the Hood Canal Bridge, causing traffic delays on State Route 104 between the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. Construction impacts on air and water quality would be minor and localized. The Navy is consulting with NMFS in compliance with the MMPA permitting process regarding the potential behavioral disturbance of marine mammals associated with SPE construction. In accordance with ESA, the Navy is consulting with NMFS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the potential impacts of construction and operation on federally listed species and critical habitat for both LWI and SPE projects. The Navy is also consulting with NMFS regarding PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8077 impacts on essential fish habitat. Other permitting and consultation will also occur. Past, present, and other reasonably foreseeable future actions are expected to result in cumulative impacts on marine habitats and species in Hood Canal. However, through the implementation of proposed compensatory aquatic mitigation actions described in the Mitigation Action Plan, the LWI and SPE contribution to cumulative impacts would not be significant. The LWI and SPE would contribute to regional cumulative impacts on nearshore terrestrial habitats. Construction of the LWI and SPE could possibly overlap with one another and construction of other waterfront structures on Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, resulting in increased pile-driving noise impacts on marine and terrestrial species. During construction, marine vessel traffic from LWI and SPE projects would increase the frequency of openings of the Hood Canal Bridge, resulting in impacts to travelers on State Route 104 between the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. Additionally, noise impacts on nearby residential and recreational areas would increase slightly. Construction of multiple projects may also increase traffic impacts on base roads and delays at the gates entering the base, leading to increased traffic impacts on adjacent roads. The projects would also have cumulative economic benefits. The Draft EIS was distributed to federal, state, and local agencies, elected officials, and other interested organizations and individuals. Copies of the Draft EIS are available for public review at the following public libraries: 1. Jefferson County Library (Port Hadlock), 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock, WA 98339; 2. Kitsap Regional Library (Poulsbo), 700 NE Lincoln Road, Poulsbo, WA 98370; 3. Kitsap Regional Library—Sylvan Way (Bremerton), 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton, WA 98310; 4. Kitsap Regional Library (Silverdale), 3450 NW Carlton St., Silverdale, WA 98383; 5. Port Townsend Public Library, 1220 Lawrence St., Port Townsend, WA 98368; and 6. Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104. The Draft EIS is also available for electronic viewing at www.nbkeis.com/ lwi. A compact disc of the Draft EIS will be made available upon written request by contacting: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315–1101, Attn: Mr. Thomas Dildine, LWI/SPE EIS Project Manager, Email: nwnepa@navy.mil, or project Web site: http://www.nbkeis.com/lwi. E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 8078 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 30 / Friday, February 13, 2015 / Notices Authority: 35 U.S.C. 207, 37 CFR part 404. Dated: February 5, 2015. N. A. Hagerty-Ford, Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–03046 Filed 2–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Department of the Navy [Docket ID: USN–2015–0002] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records AGENCY: United States Marine Corps, DoD. Notice to alter a System of Records. ACTION: The U.S. Marine Corps proposes to alter the system of records, MMC00010, entitled ‘‘Marine Corps Marathon Automated Support System’’ in its inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This system will be used to collect information to register, acknowledge and promote participation in Marine Corps race events. The primary user of the collected information is the Marine Corps Marathon Office. Information is used to plan, organize, coordinate and execute the events and communicate with the runners and volunteers before, during and after the event to include publication of finisher results, finisher certificates and race photographs, videos and motion pictures. Data and photographs, videotape, motion pictures and other recordings may be used by the Marine Corps Marathon Office and its select sponsors for surveys, publications on Web sites, race programs and promotions, newspaper articles, newsletters and other race marketing purposes and runner enhancements. DATES: Comments will be accepted on or before March 16, 2015. This proposed action will be effective the day following the end of the comment period unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods: * Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. * Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 4800 Mark Center Drive, East Tower, 2nd Floor, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350–3100. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:56 Feb 12, 2015 docket number for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. Jkt 235001 Sally A. Hughes, Head, FOIA/PA Programs (ARSF), Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 3000 Marine Corps Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350–3000, telephone (703) 614–3685. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Marine Corps’ notices for systems of records subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or from the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office Web site at http:// dpcld.defense.gov/. The proposed system report, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, was submitted on November 24, 2014, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to paragraph 4c of Appendix I to OMB Circular No. A– 130, ‘‘Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals,’’ dated February 8, 1996 (February 20, 1996, 61 FR 6427). Dated: February 10, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. MMC00010 SYSTEM NAME: Marine Corps Marathon Automated Support System (August 3, 1993, 58 FR 41254). CHANGES: * * * * * SYSTEM LOCATION: Delete entry and replace with ‘‘Marine Corps Marathon Office, Building 3399 Russell Road, Quantico, VA 22134– 5000.’’ CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM: Delete entry and replace with ‘‘Participants, parents/guardians and volunteers for the Marine Corps Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon Transfer/Deferment, Marine Corps Marathon 10K, Marine Corps Marathon PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Kids Run, Marine Corps Historic Half, Historic 10K, Semper Fred 5K, Marine Corps 1775K, Run Amuck, Mini Run Amuck, Quantico Triathlon, Turkey Trot 10K, and Turkey Trot Kids Mile.’’ CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM: Delete entry and replace with ‘‘Full name, home address, country, email address, phone numbers, birthdate and gender, emergency contact information for day of the race, military service and status, race name and volunteer job selection, physical or special accommodations selection, first time participants, expected finish time, race results, name, completion time, image, apparel selection and size, credit card type, card holder name, number, verification code and expiration.’’ AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM: Delete entry and replace with ‘‘10 U.S.C. 5041, Headquarters, Marine Corps: Function, Composition; Marine Corps Order P1700.27B, Marine Corps Community Services Policy Manual (MCCS); Marine Corps Marathon Charter, 27 March 2007.’’ PURPOSE(S): Delete entry and replace with ‘‘Information is collected to register, acknowledge and promote participation in Marine Corps race events. The primary user of the collected information is the Marine Corps Marathon Office. Information is used to plan, organize, coordinate and execute the events and communicate with the runners and volunteers before, during and after the event to include publication of finisher results, finisher certificates and race photographs, videos and motion pictures. Data and photographs, videotape, motion pictures and other recordings may be used by the Marine Corps Marathon Office and its select sponsors for surveys, publications on Web sites, race programs and promotions, newspaper articles, newsletters and other race marketing purposes and runner enhancements.’’ ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES: Delete entry and replace with ‘‘In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the records contained in the system may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows: Television, online and print media to provide publicity on the Marine Corps Marathon organization events. E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Meetings for the 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Land-Water Interface and 
Service Pier Extension, Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Silverdale, WA

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations 
for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500 
through 1508), the Department of the Navy (Navy) has prepared and filed 
with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a Draft Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS) for Land-Water Interface (LWI) and Service Pier 
Extension (SPE) on Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Silverdale, WA. The Draft 
EIS evaluates the potential environmental effects of two proposed 
actions: (1) The proposed construction and operation of LWI structures 
and (2) the proposed construction and operation of a SPE and associated 
support facilities, both on Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.
    With the filing of the Draft EIS, the Navy is initiating a 60-day 
public comment period and has scheduled two public meetings to provide 
information and receive comments on the Draft EIS. This notice 
announces the dates and locations of the public meetings and provides 
information about the environmental planning effort.

DATES: Dates and Addresses: Public meetings will be held from 5:00 p.m. 
to 8:00 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. on the following dates 
and locations: March 3, 2015, at the Chimacum High School Commons, 91 
West Valley Road, Chimacum, WA 98325; March 4, 2015, at the North 
Kitsap High School Commons, 1780 NE Hostmark Street, Poulsbo, WA 98370.
    The 60-day public review and comment period for the Draft EIS is 
from February 13, 2015 through April 13, 2015. The Navy will hold two 
public meetings to inform the public about the proposed actions and 
potential environmental impacts, and to provide an opportunity for the 
public to comment on the adequacy and accuracy of the environmental 
analysis. The public meetings will include an open house information 
session, followed by a presentation by the Navy, and a verbal comment 
session. Navy representatives will be available during the open house 
information sessions to clarify information related to the Draft EIS. 
Federal, state, and local agencies and officials, as well as interested 
organizations and individuals, are encouraged to provide comments in 
writing during the public review period or in person at one of the 
scheduled public meetings.
    Attendees will be able to submit verbal and/or written comments 
during the public meetings. A court reporter will record comments from 
the public during the verbal comment session. In the interest of 
available time, and to ensure all who wish to provide a verbal 
statement to the court reporter have the opportunity to do so, each 
speaker's comments will be limited to three (3) minutes, which may be 
extended if meeting attendance and time permits. Equal weight will be 
given to verbal and written comments.
    Comments may also be submitted via mail to Naval Facilities 
Engineering Command Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, 
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101, Attn: Mr. Thomas Dildine, LWI/SPE EIS 
Project Manager, via Email at nwnepa@navy.mil, or via the project Web 
site at: http://www.nbkeis.com/lwi. All comments, verbal or written, 
submitted during the public comment period will become part of the 
public record. All comments will be considered and acknowledged or 
responded to in the Final EIS. The Navy may address the comments 
directly, or the Navy may respond to public comments by modifying the 
analysis in the EIS as appropriate. Comments must be postmarked or 
received online by April 13, 2015, to ensure they are considered in the 
Final EIS. No decision will be made to implement any alternative until 
the NEPA process is complete and a Record of Decision is signed by the 
Navy.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naval Facilities Engineering Command 
Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315-1101, 
Attn: Mr. Thomas Dildine, LWI/SPE EIS Project Manager, Email: 
nwnepa@navy.mil, or project Web site: http://www.nbkeis.com/lwi.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A Notice of Intent to prepare the Land-Water 
Interface and Service Pier Extension EIS was published in the Federal 
Register on February 1, 2013 (78 FR 7416). Two public scoping meetings 
were held on the following dates and locations:
    1. February 20, 2013, Chimacum High School Commons, 91 West Valley 
Road, Chimacum, WA 98325; and
    2. February 21, 2013, North Kitsap High School Commons, 1780 
Northeast Hostmark Street, Poulsbo, WA 98370.
    The LWI proposed action is to complete the perimeter of the 
Waterfront Restricted Area at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor by constructing 
and operating barrier structures connecting the existing on-water Port 
Security Barrier system to the existing on-land Waterfront Security 
Enclave. The purpose of the LWI proposed action is to comply with 
Department of Defense directives to protect OHIO Class ballistic 
missile (TRIDENT) submarines from increased and evolving threats and to 
prevent the seizure, damage, or destruction of military assets. The LWI 
is needed to enhance security within the Waterfront Restricted Area and 
comply with security requirements. Three alternatives were carried 
forward for analysis: No Action (Alternative 1), Pile-Supported Pier 
(Alternative 2), and Port Security Barrier Modifications (Alternative 
3). Alternative 3 is the preferred alternative.
    The SPE proposed action is to extend and operate the existing 
Service Pier and construct and operate support facilities to 
accommodate the transfer of two SEAWOLF Class submarines from Naval 
Base Kitsap Bremerton to Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. The purpose of the 
SPE proposed action is to eliminate deployment constraints and improve 
maintenance of the SEAWOLF Class submarine fleet. The SPE is needed to 
avoid restrictions at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton on navigating SEAWOLF 
Class submarines through Rich Passage under certain tidal conditions; 
improve long-term operational effectiveness for the three SEAWOLF Class 
submarines on Naval Base Kitsap; provide berthing and logistical 
support for SEAWOLF, LOS ANGELES, and VIRGINIA Class submarines at the 
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research, development, test, and evaluation hub, located at Naval Base 
Kitsap Bangor; and improve submarine crew training and readiness 
through co-location of SEAWOLF Class submarines with command functions 
on the Naval Base Kitsap Bangor submarine training center. Three 
alternatives were carried forward for analysis: No Action (Alternative 
1), Short Pier (Alternative 2), and Long Pier (Alternative 3). 
Alternative 2 is the preferred alternative.
    The LWI and SPE are independent actions, but are analyzed in the 
same EIS because their geographic proximity results in the potential 
for the two projects to have overlapping environmental impacts. The 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Marine Fisheries Service 
(NMFS) are cooperating agencies for this EIS.
    The Navy analyzed potential impacts from the proposed actions on 
environmental resources, including marine water resources (hydrography, 
water quality, sediment quality); marine vegetation and invertebrates; 
plankton; fish; marine mammals; marine birds; terrestrial biological 
resources (vegetation and habitats; wetlands; threatened, endangered, 
and sensitive species; and wildlife); geology, soils, and water 
resources; land use and recreation; airborne acoustic environment; 
aesthetics and visual quality; socioeconomics; environmental justice 
and protection of children; cultural resources; American Indian 
traditional resources; traffic; and air quality.
    For the LWI structures constructed under Alternative 2, impacts 
would include in-water pile-driving noise, including effects on fish 
and wildlife; turbidity; and habitat impacts. Impacts from operation 
and maintenance would include loss and shading of marine habitat, 
including eelgrass, macroalgae, and the benthic (bottom-dwelling) 
community, as well as potential interference with migration of some 
Endangered Species Act (ESA) protected juvenile salmon. LWI Alternative 
2 has the potential to impact fish and bird species protected under the 
ESA and marine mammals protected under the ESA and the Marine Mammal 
Protection Act (MMPA). For the LWI structures constructed under 
Alternative 3, impacts would include airborne pile-driving noise, 
including effects on fish and wildlife, and habitat impacts. Impacts 
from operation and maintenance would include loss of marine habitat, 
including eelgrass. LWI Alternative 3 has the potential to impact fish 
and bird species protected under the ESA.
    Upland construction for both Alternatives 2 and 3 would result in 
permanent and temporary vegetation disturbance, but no wetland impacts 
would occur. No terrestrial animals or plants protected under the ESA 
or Migratory Bird Treaty Act would be affected; however, bald eagles 
foraging along the shoreline could be disturbed during construction. 
Project construction would have overall positive impacts on the local 
economy. Tribal access to some shellfish beds would be restricted 
during construction and, in the long term, a small area of these beds 
would be lost. During construction, vessel traffic would result in more 
openings of the Hood Canal Bridge, causing traffic delays on State 
Route 104 between the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. Construction 
impacts on air and water quality would be minor and localized.
    For the SPE, construction impacts would include in-water pile-
driving noise and its effects on fish, wildlife, and neighboring 
communities; turbidity; and habitat impacts. Impacts from operation and 
maintenance would include loss and shading of marine habitat, but there 
would be minimal interference with the migration of juvenile salmon. 
SPE alternatives 2 and 3 could potentially impact fish and bird species 
protected under the ESA and marine mammals protected under the ESA and 
the MMPA. Upland impacts would include both permanent and temporary 
vegetation disturbance; however, no wetland impacts would occur. No 
terrestrial animals or plants protected under the ESA would be 
affected. Bald Eagles foraging along the shoreline could be disturbed 
during construction. Residential areas south of the base would 
experience increased noise levels during project construction. 
Construction would have an overall positive impact on the local 
economy. During construction, vessel traffic would result in more 
openings of the Hood Canal Bridge, causing traffic delays on State 
Route 104 between the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. Construction 
impacts on air and water quality would be minor and localized.
    The Navy is consulting with NMFS in compliance with the MMPA 
permitting process regarding the potential behavioral disturbance of 
marine mammals associated with SPE construction. In accordance with 
ESA, the Navy is consulting with NMFS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service on the potential impacts of construction and operation on 
federally listed species and critical habitat for both LWI and SPE 
projects. The Navy is also consulting with NMFS regarding impacts on 
essential fish habitat. Other permitting and consultation will also 
occur.
    Past, present, and other reasonably foreseeable future actions are 
expected to result in cumulative impacts on marine habitats and species 
in Hood Canal. However, through the implementation of proposed 
compensatory aquatic mitigation actions described in the Mitigation 
Action Plan, the LWI and SPE contribution to cumulative impacts would 
not be significant. The LWI and SPE would contribute to regional 
cumulative impacts on nearshore terrestrial habitats. Construction of 
the LWI and SPE could possibly overlap with one another and 
construction of other waterfront structures on Naval Base Kitsap 
Bangor, resulting in increased pile-driving noise impacts on marine and 
terrestrial species. During construction, marine vessel traffic from 
LWI and SPE projects would increase the frequency of openings of the 
Hood Canal Bridge, resulting in impacts to travelers on State Route 104 
between the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. Additionally, noise impacts 
on nearby residential and recreational areas would increase slightly. 
Construction of multiple projects may also increase traffic impacts on 
base roads and delays at the gates entering the base, leading to 
increased traffic impacts on adjacent roads. The projects would also 
have cumulative economic benefits.
    The Draft EIS was distributed to federal, state, and local 
agencies, elected officials, and other interested organizations and 
individuals. Copies of the Draft EIS are available for public review at 
the following public libraries:

    1. Jefferson County Library (Port Hadlock), 620 Cedar Ave., Port 
Hadlock, WA 98339;
    2. Kitsap Regional Library (Poulsbo), 700 NE Lincoln Road, 
Poulsbo, WA 98370;
    3. Kitsap Regional Library--Sylvan Way (Bremerton), 1301 Sylvan 
Way, Bremerton, WA 98310;
    4. Kitsap Regional Library (Silverdale), 3450 NW Carlton St., 
Silverdale, WA 98383;
    5. Port Townsend Public Library, 1220 Lawrence St., Port 
Townsend, WA 98368; and
    6. Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104.

    The Draft EIS is also available for electronic viewing at 
www.nbkeis.com/lwi. A compact disc of the Draft EIS will be made 
available upon written request by contacting: Naval Facilities 
Engineering Command Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, 
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101, Attn: Mr. Thomas Dildine, LWI/SPE EIS 
Project Manager, Email: nwnepa@navy.mil, or project Web site: http://www.nbkeis.com/lwi.


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    Authority:  35 U.S.C. 207, 37 CFR part 404.

    Dated: February 5, 2015.
N. A. Hagerty-Ford,
Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register 
Liaison Officer.
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