Inland Waterways Users Board Meeting Notice, 54095-54096 [2018-23448]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 208 / Friday, October 26, 2018 / Notices Dated: October 22, 2018. Aaron T. Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register, Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2018–23410 Filed 10–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Inland Waterways Users Board Meeting Notice Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of open Federal advisory committee meeting. AGENCY: The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Inland Waterways Users Board (Board). This meeting is open to the public. For additional information about the Board, please visit the committee’s website at http:// www.iwr.usace.army.mil/Missions/ Navigation/InlandWaterways UsersBoard.aspx. SUMMARY: The Army Corps of Engineers, Inland Waterways Users Board will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on November 28, 2018. Public registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. ADDRESSES: The Inland Waterways Users Board meeting will be conducted at the Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis St. Charles, Two Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, MO 63303, 636–946–5544. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mark R. Pointon, the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the committee, in writing at the Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CEIWR–GM, 7701 Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Alexandria, VA 22315–3868; by telephone at 703–428–6438; and by email at Mark.Pointon@usace.army.mil. Alternatively, contact Mr. Kenneth E. Lichtman, the Alternate Designated Federal Officer (ADFO), in writing at the Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CEIWR–GW, 7701 Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Alexandria, VA 22315–3868; by telephone at 703–428–8083; and by email at Kenneth.E.Lichtman@ usace.army.mil. khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES DATES: The committee meeting is being held under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:32 Oct 25, 2018 Jkt 247001 Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102–3.150. Purpose of the Meeting: The Board is chartered to provide independent advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Army on construction and rehabilitation project investments on the commercial navigation features of the inland waterways system of the United States. At this meeting, the Board will receive briefings and presentations regarding the investments, projects and status of the inland waterways system of the United States and conduct discussions and deliberations on those matters. The Board is interested in written and verbal comments from the public relevant to these purposes. Agenda: At this meeting the agenda will include the status of funding for inland Navigation for FY 2019; status of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) and project updates; status of the construction activities for Olmsted Locks and Dam Project, the Locks and Dams 2, 3, and 4 on the Monongahela River Project, Chickamauga Lock Project and Kentucky Lock Project; efficient funding for the ongoing cost shared IWTF projects; and status of the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates Study and estimated total costs. Availability of Materials for the Meeting. A copy of the agenda or any updates to the agenda for the November 28, 2018 meeting. The final version will be provided at the meeting. All materials will be posted to the website after the meeting. Public Accessibility to the Meeting: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended, and 41 CFR 102–3.140 through 102–3.1 65, and subject to the availability of space, this meeting is open to the public. Registration of members of the public who wish to attend the meeting will begin at 7:15 a.m. on the day of the meeting. Seating is limited and is on a first-to-arrive basis. Attendees will be asked to provide their name, title, affiliation, and contact information to include email address and daytime telephone number at registration. Any interested person may attend the meeting, file written comments or statements with the committee, or make verbal comments from the floor during the public meeting, at the times, and in the manner, permitted by the committee, as set forth below. Special Accommodations: The meeting venue is fully handicap accessible, with wheelchair access. Individuals requiring special accommodations to access the public PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54095 meeting or seeking additional information about public access procedures, should contact Mr. Pointon, the committee DFO, or Mr. Lichtman, the ADFO, at the email addresses or telephone numbers listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section, at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Written Comments or Statements: Pursuant to 41 CFR 102–3.105(j) and 102–3.140 and section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the public or interested organizations may submit written comments or statements to the Board about its mission and/or the topics to be addressed in this public meeting. Written comments or statements should be submitted to Mr. Pointon, the committee DFO, or Mr. Lichtman, the committee ADFO, via electronic mail, the preferred mode of submission, at the addresses listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section in the following formats: Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word. The comment or statement must include the author’s name, title, affiliation, address, and daytime telephone number. Written comments or statements being submitted in response to the agenda set forth in this notice must be received by the committee DFO or ADFO at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting so that they may be made available to the Board for its consideration prior to the meeting. Written comments or statements received after this date may not be provided to the Board until its next meeting. Please note that because the Board operates under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, all written comments will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection. Verbal Comments: Members of the public will be permitted to make verbal comments during the Board meeting only at the time and in the manner allowed herein. If a member of the public is interested in making a verbal comment at the open meeting, that individual must submit a request, with a brief statement of the subject matter to be addressed by the comment, at least three business (3) days in advance to the committee DFO or ADFO, via electronic mail, the preferred mode of submission, at the addresses listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. The committee DFO and ADFO will log each request to make a comment, in the order received, and determine whether the subject matter of each comment is relevant to the Board’s mission and/or the topics to be addressed in this public meeting. A 15-minute period near the E:\FR\FM\26OCN1.SGM 26OCN1 54096 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 208 / Friday, October 26, 2018 / Notices end of the meeting will be available for verbal public comments. Members of the public who have requested to make a verbal comment and whose comments have been deemed relevant under the process described above, will be allotted no more than three (3) minutes during this period, and will be invited to speak in the order in which their requests were received by the DFO and ADFO. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–23448 Filed 10–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Joint Notice of Availability for the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District (USACE) announces the release of the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (DIFR–EIS) for the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) of the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study, Texas. The DIFR–EIS documents the existing condition of environmental resources in and around areas considered for development, and potential impacts on those resources as a result of implementing the alternatives. This public notice is also issued for the purpose of advising all known interested parties that there is pending before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) a decision on water quality certification. A copy of the public notice, with a description of work, has been made available for review in the TCEQ’s Austin office. DATES: USACE will accept written public comments on the DIFR–EIS from October 26, 2018 to January 9, 2019. Comments on the DIFR–EIS must be postmarked by January 9, 2019. ADDRESSES: Public comments can be mailed to: USACE, Galveston District, Attn: Mrs. Jennifer Morgan, Environmental Compliance Branch, Regional Planning and Environmental Center, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, TX 77553–1229 or emailed to khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:32 Oct 25, 2018 Jkt 247001 CoastalTexas@usace.army.mil. See website: http://coastalstudy.texas.gov/ for additional information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. Jennifer Morgan, (409) 766–3131. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: The lead agency for this proposed action is the USACE. This study has been prepared under the standing authority of Section 4091, Water Resources Development Act of 2007, Public Law 110–114. The nonFederal sponsor is the Texas General Land Office. Background: This DIFR–EIS was prepared as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to present an evaluation of potential impacts associated with the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study (Coastal Texas) TSP. The USACE and the non-Federal sponsor for the study, the Texas General Land Office (GLO), have conducted this study and prepared the DIFR–EIS. The study area for the Coastal Texas Study consists of the entire Texas Gulf coast from the mouth of the Sabine River to the mouth of the Rio Grande, and includes the Gulf and tidal waters, barrier islands, estuaries, coastal wetlands, rivers and streams, borrow sources, and adjacent areas that make up the interrelated ecosystems along the coast of Texas. The study area encompasses 18 coastal counties along the Gulf coast and bayfronts. This report presents the proposed alternatives that would reduce the risk of storm damage to industries and businesses critical to the Nation’s economy and protect the health and safety of Texas coastal communities. The study analyzed alternatives that involved structural and nonstructural measures. Additionally, the report discusses alternatives intended to address critical coastal ecosystems in need of restoration, including wetlands, seagrass beds, sea turtle nesting habitat, piping plover critical habitat, and bird rookery islands, as well as numerous Federal and State wildlife refuges. Tentatively Selected Plan: The TSP consists of the Coastal Barrier Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) System, South Padre Island CSRM measure, and a comprehensive set of ecosystem restoration (ER) measures. The Coastal Barrier is a risk reduction system made up of the following features: Floodwalls, floodgates, seawall improvements, drainage structures, pump stations, and surge barrier gates. One fundamental feature of the TSP is surge barrier structures that include floating sector gates for navigation traffic and environmental lift gates PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 across the span at Bolivar Roads between Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island. The alternative includes four reaches: Eastern Tie-in Reach, Bolivar Peninsula Reach, Galveston Ring Levee/Floodwall Reach, and West Galveston Island Reach in addition to features located at Clear Creek Channel and Dickinson Bayou. The South Padre Island CSRM measure consists of approximately 2.2 miles of dune and beach restoration along the barrier island on the Gulf, including renourishment cycles. The ER component of the TSP has been formulated to address the habitat loss and degradation from coastal processes. ER measures restore and create habitat and support structural CSRM efforts by providing a natural buffer from coastal storms. ER measures proposed in this study include a combination of features formulated in specific geographic locations to restore diverse habitats and coastal features that provide multiple lines of defense against coastal storms and long term coastal processes. Restoration measures include beach and dune complexes, oyster reefs, bird rookery islands, wetland and marsh complexes, and protection of submerged aquatic vegetation. A final decision will be made following the reviews and higher-level coordination within the USACE to select a plan for feasibility-level design and recommendation for implementation. The decision will be documented in the Final Integrated Feasibility Report (FIFR)–EIS. Coordination with the natural resource agencies will continue throughout the study process. Project Impacts and Environmental Compliance: Preliminary studies indicate that the recommended plan’s surge barrier gates (proposed as features of the Coastal Barrier) may alter wetland functions by constricting tidal exchange and associated sediment transport, altering hydrosalinity gradients, reducing flow into and out of Galveston Bay, and increasing velocities near the gate openings at specific times. The TSP was formulated to reduce the risk of damages from coastal storms as well as avoid disturbance to environmentally significant resources. Where impacts could not be avoided, they were quantified, and a conceptual mitigation plan was formulated. Impacts would be fully compensated with the restoration of palustrine and estuarine emergent marsh in the amount determined during final feasibility planning. The Coastal Barrier would provide a level of protection to tidal and freshwater wetlands north of the barrier location by serving as a physical barrier against E:\FR\FM\26OCN1.SGM 26OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 208 (Friday, October 26, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54095-54096]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Inland Waterways Users Board Meeting Notice

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

ACTION: Notice of open Federal advisory committee meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to 
announce the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers, Inland Waterways Users Board (Board). This 
meeting is open to the public. For additional information about the 
Board, please visit the committee's website at http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/InlandWaterwaysUsersBoard.aspx.

DATES: The Army Corps of Engineers, Inland Waterways Users Board will 
meet from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on November 28, 2018. Public 
registration will begin at 7:15 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The Inland Waterways Users Board meeting will be conducted 
at the Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis St. Charles, Two Convention 
Center Plaza, St. Charles, MO 63303, 636-946-5544.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mark R. Pointon, the Designated 
Federal Officer (DFO) for the committee, in writing at the Institute 
for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CEIWR-GM, 7701 
Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Alexandria, VA 22315-3868; by telephone 
at 703-428-6438; and by email at [email protected]. 
Alternatively, contact Mr. Kenneth E. Lichtman, the Alternate 
Designated Federal Officer (ADFO), in writing at the Institute for 
Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CEIWR-GW, 7701 
Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Alexandria, VA 22315-3868; by telephone 
at 703-428-8083; and by email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The committee meeting is being held under 
the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., 
Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 
U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.150.
    Purpose of the Meeting: The Board is chartered to provide 
independent advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Army on 
construction and rehabilitation project investments on the commercial 
navigation features of the inland waterways system of the United 
States. At this meeting, the Board will receive briefings and 
presentations regarding the investments, projects and status of the 
inland waterways system of the United States and conduct discussions 
and deliberations on those matters. The Board is interested in written 
and verbal comments from the public relevant to these purposes.
    Agenda: At this meeting the agenda will include the status of 
funding for inland Navigation for FY 2019; status of the Inland 
Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) and project updates; status of the 
construction activities for Olmsted Locks and Dam Project, the Locks 
and Dams 2, 3, and 4 on the Monongahela River Project, Chickamauga Lock 
Project and Kentucky Lock Project; efficient funding for the ongoing 
cost shared IWTF projects; and status of the Colorado River Locks and 
Brazos River Floodgates Study and estimated total costs.
    Availability of Materials for the Meeting. A copy of the agenda or 
any updates to the agenda for the November 28, 2018 meeting. The final 
version will be provided at the meeting. All materials will be posted 
to the website after the meeting.
    Public Accessibility to the Meeting: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b, as 
amended, and 41 CFR 102-3.140 through 102-3.1 65, and subject to the 
availability of space, this meeting is open to the public. Registration 
of members of the public who wish to attend the meeting will begin at 
7:15 a.m. on the day of the meeting. Seating is limited and is on a 
first-to-arrive basis. Attendees will be asked to provide their name, 
title, affiliation, and contact information to include email address 
and daytime telephone number at registration. Any interested person may 
attend the meeting, file written comments or statements with the 
committee, or make verbal comments from the floor during the public 
meeting, at the times, and in the manner, permitted by the committee, 
as set forth below.
    Special Accommodations: The meeting venue is fully handicap 
accessible, with wheelchair access. Individuals requiring special 
accommodations to access the public meeting or seeking additional 
information about public access procedures, should contact Mr. Pointon, 
the committee DFO, or Mr. Lichtman, the ADFO, at the email addresses or 
telephone numbers listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
section, at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting so that 
appropriate arrangements can be made.
    Written Comments or Statements: Pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.105(j) and 
102-3.140 and section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 
the public or interested organizations may submit written comments or 
statements to the Board about its mission and/or the topics to be 
addressed in this public meeting. Written comments or statements should 
be submitted to Mr. Pointon, the committee DFO, or Mr. Lichtman, the 
committee ADFO, via electronic mail, the preferred mode of submission, 
at the addresses listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
in the following formats: Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word. The comment 
or statement must include the author's name, title, affiliation, 
address, and daytime telephone number. Written comments or statements 
being submitted in response to the agenda set forth in this notice must 
be received by the committee DFO or ADFO at least five (5) business 
days prior to the meeting so that they may be made available to the 
Board for its consideration prior to the meeting. Written comments or 
statements received after this date may not be provided to the Board 
until its next meeting. Please note that because the Board operates 
under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 
all written comments will be treated as public documents and will be 
made available for public inspection.
    Verbal Comments: Members of the public will be permitted to make 
verbal comments during the Board meeting only at the time and in the 
manner allowed herein. If a member of the public is interested in 
making a verbal comment at the open meeting, that individual must 
submit a request, with a brief statement of the subject matter to be 
addressed by the comment, at least three business (3) days in advance 
to the committee DFO or ADFO, via electronic mail, the preferred mode 
of submission, at the addresses listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section. The committee DFO and ADFO will log each request to 
make a comment, in the order received, and determine whether the 
subject matter of each comment is relevant to the Board's mission and/
or the topics to be addressed in this public meeting. A 15-minute 
period near the

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end of the meeting will be available for verbal public comments. 
Members of the public who have requested to make a verbal comment and 
whose comments have been deemed relevant under the process described 
above, will be allotted no more than three (3) minutes during this 
period, and will be invited to speak in the order in which their 
requests were received by the DFO and ADFO.

Brenda S. Bowen,
Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-23448 Filed 10-25-18; 8:45 am]
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