The Release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Bogue Banks Master Beach Nourishment Plan (BBMBNP), on Bogue Banks Barrier Island, Carteret County, NC, 17984-17986 [2017-07572]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 17984 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 71 / Friday, April 14, 2017 / Notices commercial industry may be a major part of the strategy for deploying adequate numbers of weapons. The study should investigate and analyze all of these areas and recommend preferred system options. This two-day session will focus on future capabilities and architectures for the Department. Day One briefings will include opening remarks and expectations for the twoday session from Dr. David Whelan and Mr. Mark Russell, task force co-chairs; a briefing on long-range effects in the Pacific, including U.S. Navy operational programs and planning in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility, from Commander David Fields, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Navy; a briefing on Future Naval Capabilities, including utilization of Navy resources to address adversary long range strike capabilities, from VADM Jan Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence, U.S. Navy; a briefing on countering antiaccess systems with longer range and standoff capabilities from Mr. James MacStravic, Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; and a briefing on Department of Defense Space Policy, from Mr. John Hill, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Space Policy. The remainder of this day will be the Long Range Effects 2017 Summer Study Task Force’s four panel break-out sessions: Architecture; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); Basing, Delivery, and Weapons; Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber. These panels will meet simultaneously to discuss topics to analyze in support of the study. Day Two activities will be the Long Range Effects 2017 Summer Study Task Force’s four panel break-out sessions: Architecture; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); Basing, Delivery, and Weapons; Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber. These panels will meet simultaneously to discuss topics to analyze in support of the study. The Day Two will close with discussion of the four panels’ work. In accordance with section 10(d) of the FACA and 41 CFR 102–3.155, the DoD has determined that the Long Range Effects 2017 Summer Study Task Force meeting will be closed to the public. Specifically, the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics), in consultation with the DoD Office of General Counsel, has determined in writing that the meeting will be closed to the public because matters covered by 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1) will be considered. The determination is VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:21 Apr 13, 2017 Jkt 241001 based on the consideration that it is expected that discussions throughout will involve classified matters of national security concern. Such classified material is so intertwined with the unclassified material that it cannot reasonably be segregated into separate discussions without defeating the effectiveness and meaning of the overall meetings. To permit the meeting to be open to the public would preclude discussion of such matters and would greatly diminish the ultimate utility of the DSB’s findings and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense and to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. In accordance with section 10(a)(3) of the FACA and 41 CFR 102–3.105(j) and 102–3.140, interested persons may submit a written statement for consideration by the Long Range Effects 2017 Summer Study Task Force members at any time regarding its mission or in response to the stated agenda of a planned meeting. Individuals submitting a written statement must submit their statement to the DSB’s DFO—Ms. Karen D.H. Saunders, Executive Director, Defense Science Board, 3140 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B888A, Washington, DC 20301, via email at karen.d.saunders.civ@ mail.mil or via phone at (703) 571–0079 at any point; however, if a written statement is not received at least 3 calendar days prior to the meeting, which is the subject of this notice, then it may not be provided to or considered by the Long Range Effects 2017 Summer Study Task Force until the next meeting of this task force. The DFO will review all submissions with the Long Range Effects 2017 Summer Study Task Force Co-Chairs and ensure they are provided to Long Range Effects 2017 Summer Study Task Force members prior to the end of the two day meeting on April 27, 2017. Dated: April 11, 2017. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2017–07588 Filed 4–13–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers The Release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Bogue Banks Master Beach Nourishment Plan (BBMBNP), on Bogue Banks Barrier Island, Carteret County, NC Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Wilmington District, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office has received a request for Department of the Army authorization, pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbor Act, from Carteret County to implement, under an inter-local agreement between the towns on Bogue Banks barrier island, a comprehensive 50-year beach and inlet management plan for the protection of approximately 25 miles of Bogue Banks shoreline. In order to address ongoing shoreline erosion in a more effective manner, the County and island municipalities (Towns of Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, and Emerald Isle) are proposing to combine their shore protection efforts under a more efficient comprehensive 50-year beach and inlet management plan known as the Bogue Banks Master Beach Nourishment Plan (BBMBNP). DATES: Written comments on the DEIS must be received at (see ADDRESSES below) no later than 5 p.m. on May 29, 2017. ADDRESSES: Copies of comments and questions regarding the DEIS may be addressed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Regulatory Division. ATTN: File Number SAW–2009–00293, 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403. Copies of the DEIS can be reviewed on the Corps homepage at, http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/ Missions/RegulatoryPermitProgram/ MajorProjects.aspx, under Bogue Banks 50-Year Project: Corps ID # SAW–2009– 00293. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action and DEIS and/or to requests receive a CD or written copies of the DEIS can be directed to Mr. Mickey Sugg, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office, telephone: (910) 251–4811 or mickey.t.sugg@usace.army.mil . SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Purpose and Need. The proposed action is to establish and implement a comprehensive, long-term, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM 14APN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 71 / Friday, April 14, 2017 / Notices non-federal beach and inlet management program that would preserve Bogue Banks’ tax base, protect its infrastructure, and maintain its tourism-based economy. The COE Civil Work’s investigation of a long-term federal Coastal Storm Damaged Reduction (CSDR) project for Bogue Banks has been ongoing for nearly 30 years. The island’s shoreline has been managed in some capacity for over 35 years by Federal projects administered through the COE Civil Works program and by non-federal projects implemented by the County, and/or local municipalities through the COE Regulatory permit program. Since 1978, roughly 11 million cubic yards of sand have been placed upon the beaches of Bogue Banks at a total cost of approximately $95 million. Past management efforts have largely consisted of stand-alone projects that were undertaken to address site-specific erosional problems. This stand-alone approach has limited the efficiency and effectiveness of past and current efforts by the County and island municipalities to implement shore protection projects and to maintain the beaches. As federal funding for shore protection projects has declined, the future of a long-term federal CSDR project has grown increasingly uncertain. The proposed action would address the ongoing trend of declining federal shore protection funding by establishing a non-federal management program under the autonomous control of the County and the island municipalities. An island wide regional strategy was developed to do the following: (1) Establish a regional approach by consolidating local community resources, both financially and logistically, to manage Bogue Inlet and the beaches on Bogue Banks in an effective manner, (2) Provide long-term shoreline protection stabilization and an equivalent level of protection along Bogue Banks’ 25-mile oceanfront/inlet shorelines addressing long-term erosion, (3) Provide long-term protection to Bogue Banks’ tourism industry, (4) Provide short and long-term protection to residential and commercial structures and island infrastructure, (5) Provide long-term protection to the local tax base by protection existing and future tax bases and public access/use, (6) Maintain and improve natural resources along Bogue Banks’ oceanfront and inlet shoreline by using compatible beach material in compliance with the North Carolina State Sediment Criteria for shore protection, (7) Maintain and improve recreational uses of Bogue Banks’ oceanfront/inlet shorelines, (8) Maintain navigation conditions within VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:21 Apr 13, 2017 Jkt 241001 Bogue Inlet, and (9) Balance the needs of the human environment with the protection of existing natural resources. 2. Proposed Action. Within the County’s preferred alternative, known as Alternative 4 (or the BBMBNP), the County would manage all of the approximately 18 miles of beaches along Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach/Salter Path, and Emerald Isle, along with the eastern shoreline of Bogue Inlet. The 50year management would employ a regular and recurring cycle of nourishment events, in combination with periodic realignments of the Bogue Inlet ebb tide channel, to continuously maintain beach profile sand volumes at a 25-year Level of Protection (LOP). This LOP equates to protection for upland structures against a 25-year storm event, and nourishment events would be implemented according to 25-year LOP beach profile volumetric triggers. Volumetric triggers were developed by analyzing and adjusting design beach profiles in a series of iterative SBEACH numerical modeling runs. The final modeling results indicated appropriate volumetric triggers ranging from 211– 266 cubic yards/foot along Bogue Banks, averaging 238 cubic yards/foot. Based on variability in the volumetric triggers, the project shoreline was divided into management reaches ranging in length from 2.4 to 4.5 miles. Reaches include Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach/Salter Path, Emerald Isle (EI) East, EI Central, EI West, and Bogue Inlet. Based on the SBEACH modeling results and observed background erosional loss rates, EI Central, EI West, and Bogue Inlet management reaches are expected to require recurring nourishment of approximately 0.06 to 0.23 million cubic yards of material at intervals of six or nine years to offset background erosion. For Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach/Salter Path, and EI East, recurring maintenance events would place approximately 0.2 to 0.5 million cubic yards of material at intervals of three or six years to offset background erosion. Actual maintenance nourishment intervals would be expected to vary in response to background erosion rate variability over the course of the 50-year project. For Bogue Inlet management, the proposal has designated a ‘‘safe box’’ within the inlet throat where the ebb channel would be allowed to migrate freely so long as it remains within the boundaries of the safe box. If the channel migrates beyond the eastern boundary of the safe box (or toward Emerald Isle), this would trigger a preemptive event to realign the ebb channel mid-center within the established boundary. The limits of the PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17985 safe box were developed and evaluated through empirical analysis of historical inlet changes and supplemental numerical modeling. Historical ebb channel alignments and corresponding inlet shoreline positions were analyzed through GIS analysis of historical aerial photography, National Ocean Service (NOS) T-sheet maps, and LIDAR topographic maps. Past migration rates and corresponding shoreline changes indicate that once eastward migration accelerates toward Emerald Isle, the migrating channel has the potential to threaten structures along the shoreline within two to three years. Based on the historical patterns, a safe box was established with boundaries corresponding to the location where acceleration of the ebb channel towards the west end of Emerald Isle has occurred in the past. The validity of the boundaries were then evaluated by modeling a series of six idealized inlet configurations encompassing the range of most relevant historical ebb channel alignments. Modeling results did not show any additional geomorphological indicators of an impending shift to accelerated migration that warranted modifications to the initial safe box. Once the boundary threshold is triggered, the relocation event would entail the construction of a channel approximately 6,000-feet long with variable bottom widths ranging from 150 to 500 feet. The dimensions of the channel would be similar to the footprint of the ebb tide channel realignment construction completed in 2005. Maintenance events of Bogue Inlet are expected approximately every ten to fifteen years, with corresponding placement of dredged material on the beaches of Emerald Isle. Beach fill for all the proposed nourishment activities on Bogue Banks would be acquired from a combination of sources including offshore borrow sites, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway disposal areas, upland sand mines, and the management of the Bogue Inlet. The offshore borrow sites consist of the Old Offshore Dredge Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) and the current ODMDS, which are located approximately 3 nautical miles offshore from Beaufort Inlet, and Area Y, which is located over 1.0 mile offshore from EI West reach. It is expected that hopper dredge plants will be used to extract beach fill material from the offshore borrow sites. Material would be transported from the hopper dredges to offshore booster pumps and carried to the appropriate nourishment reaches via pipeline. A hydraulic cutterhead dredge will likely be used during the management of the E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM 14APN1 17986 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 71 / Friday, April 14, 2017 / Notices inlet bar channel event, which would transport the dredge material directly from the dredge plant onto the beach via pipelines. 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 September 30, 2010 in Morehead City; 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 COE has coordinated closely with Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management (BOEM), which has agreed to be a cooperating agency, in the development of the DEIS to ensure the process complies with the requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Additionally, the COE has preliminarily consulted 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 and National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Conservation Division under the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act; and with the National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Conservation Division under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The DEIS 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. Dated: April 3, 2017. Scott McLendon, Regulatory Division Chief, Wilmington District. [FR Doc. 2017–07572 Filed 4–13–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES [Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.259A] Proposed Waiver and Extension of the Project Period for the Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Proposed waiver and extension of the project period. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:21 Apr 13, 2017 Jkt 241001 For the Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program (NHCTEP), the Secretary proposes to waive the requirements in 34 CFR 75.261(a) and (c)(2) that generally prohibit project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds and extend the project periods for the current seven NHCTEP grantees for an additional 12 months under the existing program authority. This proposed waiver and extension would allow the seven current NHCTEP grantees to seek fiscal year (FY) 2017 continuation awards for project periods through FY 2018 under the existing program authority. DATES: We must receive your comments on or before May 15, 2017. ADDRESSES: Address all comments regarding this proposed extension and waiver to Linda Mayo, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 11075, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 20202–7241. If you prefer to send your comments by email, use the following address: linda.mayo@ed.gov. You must include the term ‘‘Proposed Waiver and Extension for NHCTEP’’ in the subject line of your message. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Linda Mayo by telephone at (202) 245– 7792 or by email at: linda.mayo@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf or a text telephone, call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1– 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Invitation to Comment: We invite you to submit comments regarding this proposed waiver and extension of the project period. During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public comments about this proposed waiver and extension in Room 11075, PCP, 550 12th Street SW., Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Washington, DC time, Monday through Friday of each week, except Federal holidays. Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking Record: On request, we will provide an appropriate accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability who needs assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public rulemaking record for this notice. If you want to schedule an appointment for this type of aid, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. SUMMARY: Background NHCTEP, authorized by section 116 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Education Act of 2006 (Act), supports grants to community-based organizations primarily serving and representing Native Hawaiians.1 Under this program, grantees carry out projects that provide organized educational activities offering a sequence of courses that— (a) Provides individuals with coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions; (b) Provides technical skill proficiency, an industry-recognized credential, a certificate, or an associate degree; and (c) May include prerequisite courses (other than remedial courses) that meet the definitional requirements of section 3(5)(A) of the Act (20 U.S.C. 2302(5)(A)). These organized educational activities may also include competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of an industry, including entrepreneurship, of an individual. On June 14, 2013, we published in the Federal Register (78 FR 35877), a notice inviting applications for NHCTEP grants (2013 NIA). The project periods for the NHCTEP projects funded under the 2013 NIA were scheduled to end in 2015. On February 10, 2015, we published in the Federal Register (80 FR 7397) a proposed waiver and extension of the project period for the NHCTEP. In that notice, we stated that we did not believe it would be in the public interest to hold a new NHCTEP competition in FY 2015, due to the potential for changes in the authorizing legislation for NHCTEP beyond 2015, resulting in projects that might then operate for just one year. Following that notice and consideration of the comments received in response to it, on July 7, 2015 we published in the Federal Register (80 FR 38672), a notice of final waiver and extension of the project period for the NHCTEP, waiving the requirements of 34 CFR 75.261(a) and (c)(2) that generally prohibit project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. Therefore, the current seven NHCTEP grantees were permitted to request an 1 For purposes of NHCTEP, ‘‘community-based organization’’ means a public or private organization that provides career and technical education, or related services, to individuals in the Native Hawaiian community. E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM 14APN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 71 (Friday, April 14, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 17984-17986]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-07572]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


The Release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) 
for the Bogue Banks Master Beach Nourishment Plan (BBMBNP), on Bogue 
Banks Barrier Island, Carteret County, NC

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

ACTION: Notice of availability.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Wilmington District, 
Wilmington Regulatory Field Office has received a request for 
Department of the Army authorization, pursuant to Section 404 of the 
Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbor Act, from 
Carteret County to implement, under an inter-local agreement between 
the towns on Bogue Banks barrier island, a comprehensive 50-year beach 
and inlet management plan for the protection of approximately 25 miles 
of Bogue Banks shoreline. In order to address ongoing shoreline erosion 
in a more effective manner, the County and island municipalities (Towns 
of Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, and Emerald Isle) 
are proposing to combine their shore protection efforts under a more 
efficient comprehensive 50-year beach and inlet management plan known 
as the Bogue Banks Master Beach Nourishment Plan (BBMBNP).

DATES: Written comments on the DEIS must be received at (see ADDRESSES 
below) no later than 5 p.m. on May 29, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Copies of comments and questions regarding the DEIS may be 
addressed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, 
Regulatory Division. ATTN: File Number SAW-2009-00293, 69 Darlington 
Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403. Copies of the DEIS can be reviewed on the 
Corps homepage at, http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/RegulatoryPermitProgram/MajorProjects.aspx, under Bogue Banks 50-Year 
Project: Corps ID # SAW-2009-00293.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
and DEIS and/or to requests receive a CD or written copies of the DEIS 
can be directed to Mr. Mickey Sugg, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office, 
telephone: (910) 251-4811 or mickey.t.sugg@usace.army.mil .

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. Project Purpose and Need. The proposed action is to establish 
and implement a comprehensive, long-term,

[[Page 17985]]

non-federal beach and inlet management program that would preserve 
Bogue Banks' tax base, protect its infrastructure, and maintain its 
tourism-based economy. The COE Civil Work's investigation of a long-
term federal Coastal Storm Damaged Reduction (CSDR) project for Bogue 
Banks has been ongoing for nearly 30 years. The island's shoreline has 
been managed in some capacity for over 35 years by Federal projects 
administered through the COE Civil Works program and by non-federal 
projects implemented by the County, and/or local municipalities through 
the COE Regulatory permit program. Since 1978, roughly 11 million cubic 
yards of sand have been placed upon the beaches of Bogue Banks at a 
total cost of approximately $95 million. Past management efforts have 
largely consisted of stand-alone projects that were undertaken to 
address site-specific erosional problems. This stand-alone approach has 
limited the efficiency and effectiveness of past and current efforts by 
the County and island municipalities to implement shore protection 
projects and to maintain the beaches. As federal funding for shore 
protection projects has declined, the future of a long-term federal 
CSDR project has grown increasingly uncertain. The proposed action 
would address the ongoing trend of declining federal shore protection 
funding by establishing a non-federal management program under the 
autonomous control of the County and the island municipalities. An 
island wide regional strategy was developed to do the following: (1) 
Establish a regional approach by consolidating local community 
resources, both financially and logistically, to manage Bogue Inlet and 
the beaches on Bogue Banks in an effective manner, (2) Provide long-
term shoreline protection stabilization and an equivalent level of 
protection along Bogue Banks' 25-mile oceanfront/inlet shorelines 
addressing long-term erosion, (3) Provide long-term protection to Bogue 
Banks' tourism industry, (4) Provide short and long-term protection to 
residential and commercial structures and island infrastructure, (5) 
Provide long-term protection to the local tax base by protection 
existing and future tax bases and public access/use, (6) Maintain and 
improve natural resources along Bogue Banks' oceanfront and inlet 
shoreline by using compatible beach material in compliance with the 
North Carolina State Sediment Criteria for shore protection, (7) 
Maintain and improve recreational uses of Bogue Banks' oceanfront/inlet 
shorelines, (8) Maintain navigation conditions within Bogue Inlet, and 
(9) Balance the needs of the human environment with the protection of 
existing natural resources.
    2. Proposed Action. Within the County's preferred alternative, 
known as Alternative 4 (or the BBMBNP), the County would manage all of 
the approximately 18 miles of beaches along Pine Knoll Shores, Indian 
Beach/Salter Path, and Emerald Isle, along with the eastern shoreline 
of Bogue Inlet. The 50-year management would employ a regular and 
recurring cycle of nourishment events, in combination with periodic 
realignments of the Bogue Inlet ebb tide channel, to continuously 
maintain beach profile sand volumes at a 25-year Level of Protection 
(LOP). This LOP equates to protection for upland structures against a 
25-year storm event, and nourishment events would be implemented 
according to 25-year LOP beach profile volumetric triggers. Volumetric 
triggers were developed by analyzing and adjusting design beach 
profiles in a series of iterative SBEACH numerical modeling runs. The 
final modeling results indicated appropriate volumetric triggers 
ranging from 211-266 cubic yards/foot along Bogue Banks, averaging 238 
cubic yards/foot. Based on variability in the volumetric triggers, the 
project shoreline was divided into management reaches ranging in length 
from 2.4 to 4.5 miles. Reaches include Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach/
Salter Path, Emerald Isle (EI) East, EI Central, EI West, and Bogue 
Inlet. Based on the SBEACH modeling results and observed background 
erosional loss rates, EI Central, EI West, and Bogue Inlet management 
reaches are expected to require recurring nourishment of approximately 
0.06 to 0.23 million cubic yards of material at intervals of six or 
nine years to offset background erosion. For Pine Knoll Shores, Indian 
Beach/Salter Path, and EI East, recurring maintenance events would 
place approximately 0.2 to 0.5 million cubic yards of material at 
intervals of three or six years to offset background erosion. Actual 
maintenance nourishment intervals would be expected to vary in response 
to background erosion rate variability over the course of the 50-year 
project.
    For Bogue Inlet management, the proposal has designated a ``safe 
box'' within the inlet throat where the ebb channel would be allowed to 
migrate freely so long as it remains within the boundaries of the safe 
box. If the channel migrates beyond the eastern boundary of the safe 
box (or toward Emerald Isle), this would trigger a preemptive event to 
realign the ebb channel mid-center within the established boundary. The 
limits of the safe box were developed and evaluated through empirical 
analysis of historical inlet changes and supplemental numerical 
modeling. Historical ebb channel alignments and corresponding inlet 
shoreline positions were analyzed through GIS analysis of historical 
aerial photography, National Ocean Service (NOS) T-sheet maps, and 
LIDAR topographic maps. Past migration rates and corresponding 
shoreline changes indicate that once eastward migration accelerates 
toward Emerald Isle, the migrating channel has the potential to 
threaten structures along the shoreline within two to three years. 
Based on the historical patterns, a safe box was established with 
boundaries corresponding to the location where acceleration of the ebb 
channel towards the west end of Emerald Isle has occurred in the past. 
The validity of the boundaries were then evaluated by modeling a series 
of six idealized inlet configurations encompassing the range of most 
relevant historical ebb channel alignments. Modeling results did not 
show any additional geomorphological indicators of an impending shift 
to accelerated migration that warranted modifications to the initial 
safe box. Once the boundary threshold is triggered, the relocation 
event would entail the construction of a channel approximately 6,000-
feet long with variable bottom widths ranging from 150 to 500 feet. The 
dimensions of the channel would be similar to the footprint of the ebb 
tide channel realignment construction completed in 2005. Maintenance 
events of Bogue Inlet are expected approximately every ten to fifteen 
years, with corresponding placement of dredged material on the beaches 
of Emerald Isle.
    Beach fill for all the proposed nourishment activities on Bogue 
Banks would be acquired from a combination of sources including 
offshore borrow sites, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway disposal areas, 
upland sand mines, and the management of the Bogue Inlet. The offshore 
borrow sites consist of the Old Offshore Dredge Material Disposal Site 
(ODMDS) and the current ODMDS, which are located approximately 3 
nautical miles offshore from Beaufort Inlet, and Area Y, which is 
located over 1.0 mile offshore from EI West reach. It is expected that 
hopper dredge plants will be used to extract beach fill material from 
the offshore borrow sites. Material would be transported from the 
hopper dredges to offshore booster pumps and carried to the appropriate 
nourishment reaches via pipeline. A hydraulic cutterhead dredge will 
likely be used during the management of the

[[Page 17986]]

inlet bar channel event, which would transport the dredge material 
directly from the dredge plant onto the beach via pipelines.
    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 
September 30, 2010 in Morehead City; 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 COE has coordinated closely with Bureau of Ocean Energy and 
Management (BOEM), which has agreed to be a cooperating agency, in the 
development of the DEIS to ensure the process complies with the 
requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and with 
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Additionally, the COE has 
preliminarily consulted 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 and National 
Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Conservation Division under the Fish 
and Wildlife Coordination Act; and with the National Marine Fisheries 
Service Habitat Conservation Division under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. 
The DEIS 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.

    Dated: April 3, 2017.
Scott McLendon,
Regulatory Division Chief, Wilmington District.
[FR Doc. 2017-07572 Filed 4-13-17; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3720-58-P