Notice of Public Meeting on the Environmental Assessment Addressing the Consolidation and Renovation at Marine Corps Forces Reserve Center Brooklyn, New York, 42338-42339 [2016-15358]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 42338 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 125 / Wednesday, June 29, 2016 / Notices shoulder of Rich Inlet. Its total length would be approximately 1,500 feet, which approximately 505 feet would project seaward of the 2007 mean high water shoreline. The landward 995-foot anchor section would extend across the island and terminate near the Nixon Channel Shoreline. This section would be constructed of 14,000 to 18,000 square feet of sheet pile with the last approximate 100 feet of the anchor portion wrapped with rock. Although engineering design plans are not finalized, basic construction design of the seaward 505-foot part of the structure will be in the form of a typical rubble (rock) mound feature supported by a 1.5-foot thick stone foundation blanket. Crest height or elevation of this section is estimated to be +6.0 feet NAVD for the first 400 feet and would slope to a top elevation of +3.0 feet NAVD on the seaward end. Approximately 16,000 tons of stone would be used to construct the terminal groin. The concept design of the structure is intended to allow littoral sand transport to move over, around, and through the groin once the accretion fillet has completely filled in. Construction of the terminal groin would be kept within a corridor varying in width from 50 feet to 200 feet. Within this corridor, a 40–70 foot wide trench would be excavated to a depth of ¥2.5 feet NAVD in order to construct the foundation of the landward section. The approximate 6,000 cubic yards of excavated material would be replaced on and around the structure once it’s in place. Material used to build the groin would be barged down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), through Nixon Channel, and either offloaded onto a temporary loading dock or directly onto shore. It would then be transported, via dump trucks, within the designated corridor to the construction site. Material used for nourishment would be dredged, using a hydraulic cutterhead plant, from a designated borrow site within Nixon Channel, which has been previously used for beach fill needs. The proposed dredging footprint in the channel area is approximately 30 acres in size and the target depth of dredging is ¥11.4 feet NAVD. Approximately 294,500 cubic yards would be required for both the oceanfront (237,500 cubic yards) and the Nixon Channel shoreline (57,000 cubic yards) fill areas under the 2006 and 2012 shoreline study conditions. Beach compatible material from (3) upland disposal islands would serve as a contingency sediment source. Engineer modeling results have shown that periodic nourishment would VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Jun 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 be required approximately once every five years to maintain the beach and Nixon Channel shorelines. The combined 5-year estimated maintenance needs for both areas are 320,000 cubic yards of material under the 2006 condition and 255,000 cubic yards of material under 2012 condition, equivalent to approximately 58,000 and 45,000 cubic yards per year respectively. This material would come from the designated Nixon Channel borrow site and the (3) upland disposal areas. 3. Alternatives. Several alternatives have been identified and evaluated through the scoping process, and further detailed description of all alternatives is disclosed in Section 3.0 of the FEIS. 4. Scoping Process. To date, a public scoping meeting was held on March 1, 2007; several Project Delivery Team (PDT) meetings have been held, which were comprised of local, state, and federal government officials, local residents and nonprofit organizations; the Draft EIS was released for public comments on May 18, 2012; a Public Hearing was conducted on June 7, 2012; a Supplemental EIS was released for public comments on July 10, 2015; and a second Public Hearing was held on September 2, 2015. The COE is currently consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service Protected Resources Division under the Endangered Species Act; with U.S. Fish and Wildlife under the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and have concluded consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Conservation Division under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Additionally, the FEIS assesses the potential water quality impacts pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, and is coordinated with the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (DCM) to insure consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Act. The COE has coordinated closely with DCM in the development of the FEIS to ensure the process complies with the requirements of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), as well as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FEIS has been designed to consolidate both NEPA and SEPA processes to eliminate duplications. Dated: June 22, 2016. Scott McLendon, Regulatory Division Chief, Wilmington District. [FR Doc. 2016–15310 Filed 6–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Public Meeting on the Environmental Assessment Addressing the Consolidation and Renovation at Marine Corps Forces Reserve Center Brooklyn, New York Department of the Navy, Department of Defense. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 United States Code [U.S.C.] Sections 4321–4370h); the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 1500–1508); Department of the Navy (DoN) Procedures for Implementing NEPA (32 CFR part 775); and Marine Corps Order P5090.2A, the United States Marine Corps Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) assessing the potential environmental impacts from the consolidation of approximately 55 full-time active duty and 549 reserve staff and their equipment from the Armed Forces Reserve Center Farmingdale and Marine Forces Reserve Center Garden City to Marine Corps Reserve Center Brooklyn. Additionally, MARFORRES would implement several associated facility and infrastructure improvements at MCRC Brooklyn, including a new utility corridor. Based on the EA analysis we are proposing to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) determining that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required. With the filing of the EA, the DON is initiating a 30-day public comment period and has scheduled a public open house to receive written comments on the EA. Federal, state, and local agencies and interested individuals are invited to attend the open house. This notice announces the date and location of the open house, and supplementary information about the environmental planning effort. DATES: The EA public 30-day review period begins June 20, 2016. MARFORRES will hold an open house for the public to learn about the project and ask questions on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Aviator Sports Club on Floyd Bennett Field. The DON will consider all comments received on the EA when preparing the Final EA. The DON expects to issue the Final EA in August 2016, at which time SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 125 / Wednesday, June 29, 2016 / Notices a Notice of Availability will be published in the Federal Register. Availability: The EA has been distributed to Federal and local agencies, elected officials, and the interested public. The EA can be viewed at the following Web site: http:// www.marforres.marines.mil/ GeneralSpecialStaff/Facilities.aspx. Copies are available at the Brooklyn Public Library, 2115 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Requests for copies of the EA can be submitted to Mr. Christopher Hurst, NEPA Project Manager U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve, 2000 Opelousas Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114, or by email at Christopher.A.Hurst@usmc.mil. Comments: Attendees will be able to submit written comments at the open house. Comments may be submitted anytime during the 30-day public review period, and must be postmarked or electronically dated on or before July 15, 2016, to ensure they become part of the public record. All comments submitted during the official public review period will become part of the public record on the EA and will be responded to in the Final EA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Christopher Hurst, NEPA Project Manager U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve, 2000 Opelousas Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114, or by email at Christopher.A.Hurst@usmc.mil. Please submit requests for special assistance to Mr. Hurst by June 22, 2016. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: MCRC Brooklyn encompasses approximately 70 acres of the 19,000-acre Jamaica Bay Unit of the National Park Service (NPS) Gateway National Recreation Area (NRA). MCRC Brooklyn is on the southernmost end of Floyd Bennett Field. Floyd Bennett Field was formerly U.S. Naval Air Station Brooklyn, New York, and was used from World War II until 1967, prior to its decommissioning in 1971. Subsequently, the majority of the 1,450-acre property was transferred from the Department of Defense (DoD) to the U.S. Coast Guard and the NPS, a bureau of the Department of the Interior. The Navy retained the southern portion of Floyd Bennett Field and a series of parcel transfers deeded the property to MARFORRES in 1998 for continued use as MCRC Brooklyn. The remainder of Floyd Bennett Field is owned and managed by NPS as part of the Gateway NRA. All utilities, roads, and other infrastructure necessary for the installation require crossing NPS lands; therefore, the Department of Navy executes, on behalf of MARFORRES, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Jun 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 any necessary permits with NPS for rights-of-way on NPS lands. Gateway NRA is the nation’s first urban national recreation area. It was established in 1972, is twice the size of Manhattan, and is divided into three administrative units: Jamaica Bay, Sandy Hook, and Staten Island. Gateway NRA has 27,025 acres of open bays, ocean, marsh islands, shoreline, dunes, maritime and successional forests, grasslands, mudflats, and open spaces. It includes marinas, greenways, campgrounds, trails, beaches, picnic grounds within historic landscapes, the remains of coastal defense works, rare structures from aviation history, and the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the United States. Due to an overall reduction in reserve forces, MARFORRES has examined options to consolidate training to optimize operational funds. MCRC Brooklyn is considered a highly valuable site by MARFORRES due to its potential for hosting additional units, centralized location, excess capacity, and size of its facilities. As such, MARFORRES continues to invest in modernization and renovation activities at MCRC Brooklyn. The environmental impacts from ongoing activities were analyzed in previous NEPA documents, and are therefore not part of the Proposed Action being addressed in this EA but are included in the cumulative effects analysis. Previously evaluated projects at MCRC Brooklyn include the following: • Renovate the interior of the MCRC Brooklyn Administration Building, the original vehicle maintenance facility (VMF), and the existing Technical Storage Warehouse. Interior renovations include upgraded utilities and reconfiguration of offices. • Construct a new VMF (currently under construction). • Install two temporary armories (440 square feet each) in the tactical vehicle area and a covered weapons cleaning area. • Install a 100-kilowatt (kW) demand response metering system. This system will help MARFORRES capture energy usage and savings for the installation. Purpose And Need: The purpose of the Proposed Action is to consolidate existing MARFORRES facilities in the greater New York City metropolitan region to allow MARFORRES to optimize training through integrated unit training opportunities, and reduce costs from the operation of underutilized reserve centers. The Proposed Action is needed to improve long-term sustainable unit readiness through coordinated training, and prepare for future mission requirements. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42339 To complete training requirements, the buildings, utilities, and assets on MCRC Brooklyn require ongoing maintenance and utilities upgrades. Infrastructure on the installation is aging and requires capital investment to address deficiencies in the buildings and meet current and future mission requirements. Dated: June 23, 2016. N.A. Hagerty-Ford, Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–15358 Filed 6–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2016–ICCD–0078] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Educational Opportunity Centers Program (EOC) Annual Performance Report Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before August 29, 2016. ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED– 2016–ICCD–0078. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, LBJ, Room 2E–347, Washington, DC 20202–4537. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Rachael Couch, 202–453–6078. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Notice of Public Meeting on the Environmental Assessment 
Addressing the Consolidation and Renovation at Marine Corps Forces 
Reserve Center Brooklyn, New York

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, Department of Defense.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(NEPA) (42 United States Code [U.S.C.] Sections 4321-4370h); the 
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing the 
procedural provisions of NEPA (Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR) parts 1500-1508); Department of the Navy (DoN) Procedures for 
Implementing NEPA (32 CFR part 775); and Marine Corps Order P5090.2A, 
the United States Marine Corps Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) has prepared 
an Environmental Assessment (EA) assessing the potential environmental 
impacts from the consolidation of approximately 55 full-time active 
duty and 549 reserve staff and their equipment from the Armed Forces 
Reserve Center Farmingdale and Marine Forces Reserve Center Garden City 
to Marine Corps Reserve Center Brooklyn. Additionally, MARFORRES would 
implement several associated facility and infrastructure improvements 
at MCRC Brooklyn, including a new utility corridor. Based on the EA 
analysis we are proposing to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact 
(FONSI) determining that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not 
required.
    With the filing of the EA, the DON is initiating a 30-day public 
comment period and has scheduled a public open house to receive written 
comments on the EA. Federal, state, and local agencies and interested 
individuals are invited to attend the open house. This notice announces 
the date and location of the open house, and supplementary information 
about the environmental planning effort.

DATES: The EA public 30-day review period begins June 20, 2016. 
MARFORRES will hold an open house for the public to learn about the 
project and ask questions on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 
9:00 p.m. at the Aviator Sports Club on Floyd Bennett Field.
    The DON will consider all comments received on the EA when 
preparing the Final EA. The DON expects to issue the Final EA in August 
2016, at which time

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a Notice of Availability will be published in the Federal Register.
    Availability: The EA has been distributed to Federal and local 
agencies, elected officials, and the interested public. The EA can be 
viewed at the following Web site:  http://www.marforres.marines.mil/GeneralSpecialStaff/Facilities.aspx.
    Copies are available at the Brooklyn Public Library, 2115 Ocean 
Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Requests for copies of the EA can be submitted to 
Mr. Christopher Hurst, NEPA Project Manager U.S. Marine Corps Forces 
Reserve, 2000 Opelousas Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114, or by email at 
Christopher.A.Hurst@usmc.mil.
    Comments: Attendees will be able to submit written comments at the 
open house. Comments may be submitted anytime during the 30-day public 
review period, and must be postmarked or electronically dated on or 
before July 15, 2016, to ensure they become part of the public record. 
All comments submitted during the official public review period will 
become part of the public record on the EA and will be responded to in 
the Final EA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Christopher Hurst, NEPA Project 
Manager U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve, 2000 Opelousas Avenue, New 
Orleans, LA 70114, or by email at Christopher.A.Hurst@usmc.mil. Please 
submit requests for special assistance to Mr. Hurst by June 22, 2016.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: MCRC Brooklyn encompasses approximately 70 
acres of the 19,000-acre Jamaica Bay Unit of the National Park Service 
(NPS) Gateway National Recreation Area (NRA). MCRC Brooklyn is on the 
southernmost end of Floyd Bennett Field. Floyd Bennett Field was 
formerly U.S. Naval Air Station Brooklyn, New York, and was used from 
World War II until 1967, prior to its decommissioning in 1971.
    Subsequently, the majority of the 1,450-acre property was 
transferred from the Department of Defense (DoD) to the U.S. Coast 
Guard and the NPS, a bureau of the Department of the Interior. The Navy 
retained the southern portion of Floyd Bennett Field and a series of 
parcel transfers deeded the property to MARFORRES in 1998 for continued 
use as MCRC Brooklyn. The remainder of Floyd Bennett Field is owned and 
managed by NPS as part of the Gateway NRA. All utilities, roads, and 
other infrastructure necessary for the installation require crossing 
NPS lands; therefore, the Department of Navy executes, on behalf of 
MARFORRES, any necessary permits with NPS for rights-of-way on NPS 
lands.
    Gateway NRA is the nation's first urban national recreation area. 
It was established in 1972, is twice the size of Manhattan, and is 
divided into three administrative units: Jamaica Bay, Sandy Hook, and 
Staten Island. Gateway NRA has 27,025 acres of open bays, ocean, marsh 
islands, shoreline, dunes, maritime and successional forests, 
grasslands, mudflats, and open spaces. It includes marinas, greenways, 
campgrounds, trails, beaches, picnic grounds within historic 
landscapes, the remains of coastal defense works, rare structures from 
aviation history, and the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in 
the United States.
    Due to an overall reduction in reserve forces, MARFORRES has 
examined options to consolidate training to optimize operational funds. 
MCRC Brooklyn is considered a highly valuable site by MARFORRES due to 
its potential for hosting additional units, centralized location, 
excess capacity, and size of its facilities. As such, MARFORRES 
continues to invest in modernization and renovation activities at MCRC 
Brooklyn. The environmental impacts from ongoing activities were 
analyzed in previous NEPA documents, and are therefore not part of the 
Proposed Action being addressed in this EA but are included in the 
cumulative effects analysis. Previously evaluated projects at MCRC 
Brooklyn include the following:
     Renovate the interior of the MCRC Brooklyn Administration 
Building, the original vehicle maintenance facility (VMF), and the 
existing Technical Storage Warehouse. Interior renovations include 
upgraded utilities and reconfiguration of offices.
     Construct a new VMF (currently under construction).
     Install two temporary armories (440 square feet each) in 
the tactical vehicle area and a covered weapons cleaning area.
     Install a 100-kilowatt (kW) demand response metering 
system. This system will help MARFORRES capture energy usage and 
savings for the installation.
    Purpose And Need: The purpose of the Proposed Action is to 
consolidate existing MARFORRES facilities in the greater New York City 
metropolitan region to allow MARFORRES to optimize training through 
integrated unit training opportunities, and reduce costs from the 
operation of underutilized reserve centers. The Proposed Action is 
needed to improve long-term sustainable unit readiness through 
coordinated training, and prepare for future mission requirements. To 
complete training requirements, the buildings, utilities, and assets on 
MCRC Brooklyn require ongoing maintenance and utilities upgrades. 
Infrastructure on the installation is aging and requires capital 
investment to address deficiencies in the buildings and meet current 
and future mission requirements.

    Dated: June 23, 2016.
N.A. Hagerty-Ford,
Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Federal 
Register Liaison Officer.
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