Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Holden Beach East End Shore Protection Project With Installation of a Terminal Groin Structure at the Eastern End of Holden Beach, Extending Into the Atlantic Ocean, West of Lockwoods Folly Inlet (Brunswick County, NC), 11509-11510 [2018-05244]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 51 / Thursday, March 15, 2018 / Notices Consumer Products.’’ Comments should be submitted by May 14, 2018. Information on how to submit comments can be found in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Alberta E. Mills, Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission. [FR Doc. 2018–05208 Filed 3–14–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6355–01–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Holden Beach East End Shore Protection Project With Installation of a Terminal Groin Structure at the Eastern End of Holden Beach, Extending Into the Atlantic Ocean, West of Lockwoods Folly Inlet (Brunswick 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 (USACE), 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 the Town of Holden Beach to install a terminal groin structure on the east end of Holden Beach, extending into the Atlantic Ocean, just west of Lockwoods Folly Inlet. DATES: Written comments on the FEIS will be received until 7 p.m., April 16, 2018. ADDRESSES: Copies of comments and questions regarding the FEIS may be submitted to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Wilmington District, Regulatory Division, c/o Mr. Mickey Sugg. ATTN: File Number SAW–2011– 01914, 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action and FEIS 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 Description. The Town of Holden Beach is seeking Federal and State authorization for construction of a terminal groin, and associated beach fillet with required long-term maintenance, to be located at the eastern sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Mar 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 end of Holden Beach. The proposed terminal groin and beach fillet is the Town’s Applicant Preferred alternative (Alternative 6—Intermediate Terminal Groin and Beach Nourishment) of six alternatives considered in this document. Under the Applicant’s preferred alternative, the main stem of the terminal groin would include a 700foot long segment extending seaward from the toe of the primary dune and a 300-foot anchor segment extending landward from the toe of the primary dune. The groin would also include a 120-ft-long shore-parallel T-Head segment centered on the seaward terminus of the main stem designed to prevent flanking. This is expected to have more of a stabilizing effect on the shoreline and minimize formation of potential offshore rip currents and sand losses during extreme wave conditions. The seaward section of the groin would be constructed with loosely placed 4- to 5-ft-diameter granite armor stone to facilitate the movement of sand past the structure, and would have a crest width of ∼5 ft and a base width of ∼40 ft, while the underlying geo-textile base layer would have a slightly greater width of ∼45 ft. The shore anchorage segment would be entirely buried at the completion of groin construction and would remain buried so long as the position of the MHW line remains seaward of the initial post-construction primary dune line. The intermediate groin would be designed to be a relatively low-profile structure to maximize sand overpassing and to minimize impacts to beach recreation and aesthetics. The proposed terminal groin is one of four such structures approved by the General Assembly to be constructed in North Carolina following passing of Senate Bill (SB) 110. The USACE determined that there is sufficient information to conclude that the project would result in significant adverse impact on the human environment, and has prepared a FEIS pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate the environmental effects of the alternatives considering the project’s purpose and need. The purpose and need of the proposed Holden Beach East End Shore Protection Project is to provide shoreline protection that would mitigate ongoing chronic erosion on the eastern portion on the Town’s oceanfront shoreline so as to preserve the integrity of its public infrastructure, provide protection to existing development, and ensure the continued public use of the oceanfront beach along this area. 2. Issues. There are several potential environmental and public interest PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11509 issues that are addressed in the FEIS. Public interest issues include, but are not limited to, the following: public safety, aesthetics, recreation, navigation, infrastructure, economics, and noise pollution. Additional issues may be identified during the public review process. Issues initially identified as potentially significant include: a. Potential impacts to marine biological resources (burial of benthic organisms, passageway for fish and other marine life) and Essential Fish Habitat. b. Potential impacts to threatened and endangered marine mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, and plants. c. Potential for effects/changes to Holden Beach, Oak Island, Lockwoods Folly inlet, and the AIWW respectively. d. Potential impacts to navigation. e. Potential effects on federal navigation maintenance regimes, including the Federal project. f. Potential effects of shoreline protection. g. Potential impacts on public health and safety. h. Potential impacts to recreational and commercial fishing. i. Potential impacts to cultural resources. j. Potential impacts to future dredging and nourishment activities. 3. Alternatives. Six alternatives are being considered for the proposed project. These alternatives, including the No Action alternative, were further formulated and developed during the scoping process and are considered in the FEIS. A summary of alternatives under consideration are provided below: a. Alternative 1—No Action (Continue Current Management Practices); b. Alternative 2—Abandon and Retreat; c. Alternative 3—Beach Nourishment Only; d. Alternative 4—Inlet Management and Beach Nourishment; e. Alternative 5—Short Terminal Groin with Beach Nourishment; f. Alternative 6—Intermediate Terminal Groin with Beach Nourishment/Applicants Preferred Alternative. 4. Scoping Process. Project Review Team meetings were held to receive comments and assess concerns regarding the appropriate scope and preparation of the FEIS. Federal, state, and local agencies and other interested organizations and persons participated in these Project Review Team meetings. The Corps has initiated consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service pursuant to the Endangered Species Act and the Fish and Wildlife E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 11510 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 51 / Thursday, March 15, 2018 / Notices Coordination Act. The Corps has also initiated consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act and Endangered Species Act. The Corps has coordinated with the State Department of Cultural Resources pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Potential water quality concerns will be addressed pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act through coordination with the North Carolina Divisions of Coastal Management (DCM) and Water Resources (DWR). This coordination will ensure consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Act and project compliance with water quality standards. The Corps has coordinated closely with DCM in the development of the FEIS to ensure the process complies with State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements, as well as the NEPA requirements. The FEIS has been designed to consolidate both NEPA and SEPA processes to eliminate duplications. 5. Availability of the FEIS. The FEIS has been published and circulated. The FEIS for the proposal can be found at the following link: http:// www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/ RegulatoryPermitProgram/MajorProjects under Holden Beach Terminal Groin— Corps ID # SAW–2011–01914. Dated: March 8, 2018. Scott McLendon, Chief, Regulatory Division. [FR Doc. 2018–05244 Filed 3–14–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2018–ICCD–0001] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Impact Evaluation of Departmentalized Instruction in Elementary Schools Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a new information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 14, 2018. 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– sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Mar 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 2018–ICCD–0001. 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 216–32, Washington, DC 20202–4537. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Thomas Wei, 202–341–0626. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Impact Evaluation of Departmentalized Instruction in Elementary Schools. OMB Control Number: 1850—NEW. Type of Review: A new information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 8,531. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement (FEIS) for the Holden Beach East End Shore Protection Project 
With Installation of a Terminal Groin Structure at the Eastern End of 
Holden Beach, Extending Into the Atlantic Ocean, West of Lockwoods 
Folly Inlet (Brunswick County, NC)

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

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), 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 the 
Town of Holden Beach to install a terminal groin structure on the east 
end of Holden Beach, extending into the Atlantic Ocean, just west of 
Lockwoods Folly Inlet.

DATES: Written comments on the FEIS will be received until 7 p.m., 
April 16, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Copies of comments and questions regarding the FEIS may be 
submitted to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Wilmington 
District, Regulatory Division, c/o Mr. Mickey Sugg. ATTN: File Number 
SAW-2011-01914, 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
and FEIS can be directed to Mr. Mickey Sugg, Wilmington Regulatory 
Field Office, telephone: (910) 251-4811 or 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. Project Description. The Town of Holden Beach is seeking Federal 
and State authorization for construction of a terminal groin, and 
associated beach fillet with required long-term maintenance, to be 
located at the eastern end of Holden Beach. The proposed terminal groin 
and beach fillet is the Town's Applicant Preferred alternative 
(Alternative 6--Intermediate Terminal Groin and Beach Nourishment) of 
six alternatives considered in this document. Under the Applicant's 
preferred alternative, the main stem of the terminal groin would 
include a 700-foot long segment extending seaward from the toe of the 
primary dune and a 300-foot anchor segment extending landward from the 
toe of the primary dune. The groin would also include a 120-ft-long 
shore-parallel T-Head segment centered on the seaward terminus of the 
main stem designed to prevent flanking. This is expected to have more 
of a stabilizing effect on the shoreline and minimize formation of 
potential offshore rip currents and sand losses during extreme wave 
conditions.
    The seaward section of the groin would be constructed with loosely 
placed 4- to 5-ft-diameter granite armor stone to facilitate the 
movement of sand past the structure, and would have a crest width of ~5 
ft and a base width of ~40 ft, while the underlying geo-textile base 
layer would have a slightly greater width of ~45 ft. The shore 
anchorage segment would be entirely buried at the completion of groin 
construction and would remain buried so long as the position of the MHW 
line remains seaward of the initial post-construction primary dune 
line. The intermediate groin would be designed to be a relatively low-
profile structure to maximize sand overpassing and to minimize impacts 
to beach recreation and aesthetics.
    The proposed terminal groin is one of four such structures approved 
by the General Assembly to be constructed in North Carolina following 
passing of Senate Bill (SB) 110. The USACE determined that there is 
sufficient information to conclude that the project would result in 
significant adverse impact on the human environment, and has prepared a 
FEIS pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to 
evaluate the environmental effects of the alternatives considering the 
project's purpose and need. The purpose and need of the proposed Holden 
Beach East End Shore Protection Project is to provide shoreline 
protection that would mitigate ongoing chronic erosion on the eastern 
portion on the Town's oceanfront shoreline so as to preserve the 
integrity of its public infrastructure, provide protection to existing 
development, and ensure the continued public use of the oceanfront 
beach along this area.
    2. Issues. There are several potential environmental and public 
interest issues that are addressed in the FEIS. Public interest issues 
include, but are not limited to, the following: public safety, 
aesthetics, recreation, navigation, infrastructure, economics, and 
noise pollution. Additional issues may be identified during the public 
review process. Issues initially identified as potentially significant 
include:
    a. Potential impacts to marine biological resources (burial of 
benthic organisms, passageway for fish and other marine life) and 
Essential Fish Habitat.
    b. Potential impacts to threatened and endangered marine mammals, 
reptiles, birds, fish, and plants.
    c. Potential for effects/changes to Holden Beach, Oak Island, 
Lockwoods Folly inlet, and the AIWW respectively.
    d. Potential impacts to navigation.
    e. Potential effects on federal navigation maintenance regimes, 
including the Federal project.
    f. Potential effects of shoreline protection.
    g. Potential impacts on public health and safety.
    h. Potential impacts to recreational and commercial fishing.
    i. Potential impacts to cultural resources.
    j. Potential impacts to future dredging and nourishment activities.
    3. Alternatives. Six alternatives are being considered for the 
proposed project. These alternatives, including the No Action 
alternative, were further formulated and developed during the scoping 
process and are considered in the FEIS. A summary of alternatives under 
consideration are provided below:
    a. Alternative 1--No Action (Continue Current Management 
Practices);
    b. Alternative 2--Abandon and Retreat;
    c. Alternative 3--Beach Nourishment Only;
    d. Alternative 4--Inlet Management and Beach Nourishment;
    e. Alternative 5--Short Terminal Groin with Beach Nourishment;
    f. Alternative 6--Intermediate Terminal Groin with Beach 
Nourishment/Applicants Preferred Alternative.
    4. Scoping Process. Project Review Team meetings were held to 
receive comments and assess concerns regarding the appropriate scope 
and preparation of the FEIS. Federal, state, and local agencies and 
other interested organizations and persons participated in these 
Project Review Team meetings.
    The Corps has initiated consultation with the United States Fish 
and Wildlife Service pursuant to the Endangered Species Act and the 
Fish and Wildlife

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Coordination Act. The Corps has also initiated consultation with the 
National Marine Fisheries Service pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act 
and Endangered Species Act. The Corps has coordinated with the State 
Department of Cultural Resources pursuant to Section 106 of the 
National Historic Preservation Act.
    Potential water quality concerns will be addressed pursuant to 
Section 401 of the Clean Water Act through coordination with the North 
Carolina Divisions of Coastal Management (DCM) and Water Resources 
(DWR). This coordination will ensure consistency with the Coastal Zone 
Management Act and project compliance with water quality standards. The 
Corps has coordinated closely with DCM in the development of the FEIS 
to ensure the process complies with State Environmental Policy Act 
(SEPA) requirements, as well as the NEPA requirements. The FEIS has 
been designed to consolidate both NEPA and SEPA processes to eliminate 
duplications.
    5. Availability of the FEIS. The FEIS has been published and 
circulated. The FEIS for the proposal can be found at the following 
link: http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/RegulatoryPermitProgram/MajorProjects under Holden Beach Terminal Groin--Corps ID # SAW-2011-
01914.

    Dated: March 8, 2018.
Scott McLendon,
Chief, Regulatory Division.
[FR Doc. 2018-05244 Filed 3-14-18; 8:45 am]
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