Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Nassau County Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, 55841-55842 [2020-20031]

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Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) plans to prepare an integrated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Nassau County Back Bays (NCBB) Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Feasibility Study. The EIS will evaluate environmental impacts from reasonable project alternatives designed to reduce future flood risk in ways that support the longterm resilience and sustainability of the coastal ecosystem and surrounding communities due to sea level rise, local subsidence and storms; and to reduce the economic costs and risks associated with large scale flood and storm events in the area known as the Atlantic Coast of New York, the Nassau County Back Bays. ADDRESSES: Send written comments and suggestions concerning the scope of issues to be evaluated within the EIS to Scott Sanderson, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, Planning Division—Coastal Section, (CENAP–PL–PC), 100 Penn Square East, Wanamaker Building, Philadelphia, PA 19107–3390, scott.a.sanderson@usace.army.mil or SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55841 via email to Angela Sowers, NEPA coordinator, angela.sowers@ usace.army.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the overall NCBB CSRM Feasibility Study should be directed to Scott Sanderson at scott.a.sanderson@usace.army.mil or (215) 656–6571. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Background As a result of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, Congress passed Public Law 113–2, which authorized supplemental appropriations to Federal agencies for expenses related to the consequences of Hurricane Sandy. The Corps is investigating measures to reduce future flood risk in ways that support the long-term resilience and sustainability of the coastal ecosystem and surrounding communities, and reduce the economic costs and risks associated with flood and storm events. In support of this goal, the Corps completed the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NAACS), which identified nine high risk areas on the Atlantic Coast for further analysis based on preliminary findings. The NCBB area was identified as one of the nine areas of high risk, or Focus Areas, that warrants an in-depth investigation into potential CSRM measures. During Hurricane Sandy, the study area communities were severely affected with large areas subjected to erosion, storm surge, and wave damage along the Atlantic Ocean shoreline, and flooding of communities within and surrounding bays. Along the Atlantic Ocean, surge and waves inundated low lying areas, and contributed to the flooding along the shoreline of the interior of the bays. Hurricane Sandy illustrated the need to re-evaluate the entire back-bay area as a system, when considering risk management measures. The original Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS was published in the Federal Register on Friday, April 21, 2017 (82 FR 18746), but was withdrawn by publication in the Federal Register on June 8, 2020 (85 FR 35801). The original NOI was withdrawn in order to align the rescoped study schedule with Executive Order (E.O.) 13807, ‘‘One Federal Decision Framework for the Environmental Review and Authorization Process for Major Infrastructure Projects under E.O. 13807.’’ The purpose of the study is to determine the feasibility of a project to reduce the risk of coastal storm damage in the back bays of Nassau County, New York, while contributing to the E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 55842 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 176 / Thursday, September 10, 2020 / Notices resilience of communities, critical infrastructure, and the natural environment. The study is needed because the study area experiences frequent flooding from high tides, spring tides, sunny day flooding, and coastal storms; is considered at high risk to coastal storm flooding with an associated threat to life safety; includes a degraded back bay ecosystem; and is susceptible to relative sea level change. On 5 February 2020, the NCBB CSRM Feasibility Study was granted an exemption from the requirement to complete the feasibility study within 3 years; required in Section 1001(a) of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. The exemption was contingent on re-scoping the study to focus on critical infrastructure and highly vulnerable areas outside of Coastal Barrier Resources Act units. As a result, storm surge barriers are no longer under consideration at any of the inlets to the back bays from the Atlantic Ocean. The original NOI was withdrawn on June 8, 2020 (85 FR 35801) due to the need to re-scope and align updated schedules consistent with E.O. 13807. The NEPA coordination/review schedule for the rescoped study is being aligned and coordinated with the appropriate Federal and state resource agencies, as required by E.O. 13807. This includes cooperating agencies that have statutory jurisdiction over the review process for any action being contemplated in the course of the feasibility study and development of the EIS. Acknowledging the complex analyses required to comprehensively reevaluate the study area considering the influence of the Atlantic Ocean shorefront conditions on the back-bay system and the potential for large-scale marine construction to implement flood protection measures, an EIS will be prepared. The EIS will build upon the extensive Atlantic shoreline alternatives analysis and environmental and technical studies and outreach conducted to date. The scope of analysis will be appropriate to the level of detail necessary for an EIS and will receive input from the public and reviewing agencies. The analysis will provide the basis for the alternatives to problems associated with storm surge and wave damage along the back-bays. Public, agency and stakeholder comments and feedback will continue to be accepted at any time during the feasibility study and preparation of the EIS. 2. Study Area The study area includes all of the tidally influenced bays and estuaries within Nassau County, New York, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Sep 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 located on Long Island, NY, that are hydraulically connected to the south shore of Nassau County, directly east of Queens County and west of Suffolk County for approximately 98 square miles. 3. Corps Decision Making As required by Council on Environmental Quality’s Principles, Requirements and Guidelines for Water and Land Related Resources Implementation Studies (2013), alternatives to the proposed Federal action that meet the purpose and need will be considered in the EIS. These alternatives will include no action and a range of reasonable alternatives for managing flood risk within the Nassau County Back Bays Area. The measures to be evaluated will consider applicable public stakeholders and agency coordination received since the study commenced in 2017, and through future outreach efforts. Coordination early in the process identified concerns and potential impacts, relevant effects of past actions, and possible alternative actions that were pivotal in defining the re-scoped study. The decision making approach will allow time to address agency policy issues and build consensus among cooperating agencies and the public. 4. Scoping/Public Participation Prior scoping meetings were held in May 2017 and June 2019. At this time, additional scoping meetings are not scheduled. However, input can be provided to the contacts identified here within, at any time during the feasibility study and preparation of the EIS. Public meetings will be conducted during the public review period of the draft EIS. 5. Lead and Cooperating Agencies The Corps is the lead federal agency and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (in partnership with Nassau County, NY) is the nonfederal sponsor for the study and the preparation of the EIS in meeting the requirements of the NEPA and its Implementing Regulations of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1500–1508). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been identified as cooperating agencies. The preparation of the EIS will be coordinated with New York State and Nassau County offices with discretionary authority relative to the proposed actions. The Draft Integrated PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Feasibility Report/EIS is currently scheduled for distribution to the public in 2021. Dated: September 4, 2020. Karen J. Baker, Programs Director, North Atlantic Division. [FR Doc. 2020–20031 Filed 9–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Withdrawal of the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper Susquehanna River Basin, New York, Comprehensive Flood Damage Reduction Feasibility Study Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent; withdrawal. AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, is notifying interested parties that it has withdrawn the notice of intent (NOI) to develop an EIS for the proposed Upper Susquehanna River Basin, New York, Comprehensive Flood Damage Reduction Feasibility Study. DATES: The notice of intent to prepare an EIS published in the Federal Register on April 4, 2016 (81 FR 76936), is withdrawn as of September 10, 2020. ADDRESSES: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Planning Division, Civil Project Development Branch (CENAB–PL–CPD), 2 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD, 21201. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding the withdrawal of this NOI should be addressed to Mr. Charles Leasure, telephone 410–962– 5175; email address: charles.w.leasure@ usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The study was authorized by a Resolution of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on 24 September 2008. The USACE undertook the study in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The study investigated structural and nonstructural flood-risk management (FRM) strategies and projects to reduce flood risk. The study resulted in no viable flood risk management economically justified alternatives that could be implemented through federal policies. Based on these findings, USACE has concluded that construction of a federal FRM project by USACE is not recommended under this study SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Nassau County Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility 
Study

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental 
Policy Act, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) plans to prepare 
an integrated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed 
Nassau County Back Bays (NCBB) Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) 
Feasibility Study. The EIS will evaluate environmental impacts from 
reasonable project alternatives designed to reduce future flood risk in 
ways that support the long-term resilience and sustainability of the 
coastal ecosystem and surrounding communities due to sea level rise, 
local subsidence and storms; and to reduce the economic costs and risks 
associated with large scale flood and storm events in the area known as 
the Atlantic Coast of New York, the Nassau County Back Bays.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments and suggestions concerning the scope 
of issues to be evaluated within the EIS to Scott Sanderson, Project 
Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, Planning 
Division--Coastal Section, (CENAP-PL-PC), 100 Penn Square East, 
Wanamaker Building, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3390, 
[email protected] or via email to Angela Sowers, NEPA 
coordinator, [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the overall NCBB CSRM 
Feasibility Study should be directed to Scott Sanderson at 
[email protected] or (215) 656-6571.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1. Background

    As a result of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, Congress passed 
Public Law 113-2, which authorized supplemental appropriations to 
Federal agencies for expenses related to the consequences of Hurricane 
Sandy. The Corps is investigating measures to reduce future flood risk 
in ways that support the long-term resilience and sustainability of the 
coastal ecosystem and surrounding communities, and reduce the economic 
costs and risks associated with flood and storm events. In support of 
this goal, the Corps completed the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive 
Study (NAACS), which identified nine high risk areas on the Atlantic 
Coast for further analysis based on preliminary findings. The NCBB area 
was identified as one of the nine areas of high risk, or Focus Areas, 
that warrants an in-depth investigation into potential CSRM measures. 
During Hurricane Sandy, the study area communities were severely 
affected with large areas subjected to erosion, storm surge, and wave 
damage along the Atlantic Ocean shoreline, and flooding of communities 
within and surrounding bays. Along the Atlantic Ocean, surge and waves 
inundated low lying areas, and contributed to the flooding along the 
shoreline of the interior of the bays. Hurricane Sandy illustrated the 
need to re-evaluate the entire back-bay area as a system, when 
considering risk management measures.
    The original Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS was published 
in the Federal Register on Friday, April 21, 2017 (82 FR 18746), but 
was withdrawn by publication in the Federal Register on June 8, 2020 
(85 FR 35801). The original NOI was withdrawn in order to align the 
rescoped study schedule with Executive Order (E.O.) 13807, ``One 
Federal Decision Framework for the Environmental Review and 
Authorization Process for Major Infrastructure Projects under E.O. 
13807.''
    The purpose of the study is to determine the feasibility of a 
project to reduce the risk of coastal storm damage in the back bays of 
Nassau County, New York, while contributing to the

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resilience of communities, critical infrastructure, and the natural 
environment. The study is needed because the study area experiences 
frequent flooding from high tides, spring tides, sunny day flooding, 
and coastal storms; is considered at high risk to coastal storm 
flooding with an associated threat to life safety; includes a degraded 
back bay ecosystem; and is susceptible to relative sea level change.
    On 5 February 2020, the NCBB CSRM Feasibility Study was granted an 
exemption from the requirement to complete the feasibility study within 
3 years; required in Section 1001(a) of the Water Resources Reform and 
Development Act of 2014. The exemption was contingent on re-scoping the 
study to focus on critical infrastructure and highly vulnerable areas 
outside of Coastal Barrier Resources Act units. As a result, storm 
surge barriers are no longer under consideration at any of the inlets 
to the back bays from the Atlantic Ocean. The original NOI was 
withdrawn on June 8, 2020 (85 FR 35801) due to the need to re-scope and 
align updated schedules consistent with E.O. 13807. The NEPA 
coordination/review schedule for the re-scoped study is being aligned 
and coordinated with the appropriate Federal and state resource 
agencies, as required by E.O. 13807. This includes cooperating agencies 
that have statutory jurisdiction over the review process for any action 
being contemplated in the course of the feasibility study and 
development of the EIS.
    Acknowledging the complex analyses required to comprehensively 
reevaluate the study area considering the influence of the Atlantic 
Ocean shorefront conditions on the back-bay system and the potential 
for large-scale marine construction to implement flood protection 
measures, an EIS will be prepared. The EIS will build upon the 
extensive Atlantic shoreline alternatives analysis and environmental 
and technical studies and outreach conducted to date. The scope of 
analysis will be appropriate to the level of detail necessary for an 
EIS and will receive input from the public and reviewing agencies. The 
analysis will provide the basis for the alternatives to problems 
associated with storm surge and wave damage along the back-bays. 
Public, agency and stakeholder comments and feedback will continue to 
be accepted at any time during the feasibility study and preparation of 
the EIS.

2. Study Area

    The study area includes all of the tidally influenced bays and 
estuaries within Nassau County, New York, located on Long Island, NY, 
that are hydraulically connected to the south shore of Nassau County, 
directly east of Queens County and west of Suffolk County for 
approximately 98 square miles.

3. Corps Decision Making

    As required by Council on Environmental Quality's Principles, 
Requirements and Guidelines for Water and Land Related Resources 
Implementation Studies (2013), alternatives to the proposed Federal 
action that meet the purpose and need will be considered in the EIS. 
These alternatives will include no action and a range of reasonable 
alternatives for managing flood risk within the Nassau County Back Bays 
Area. The measures to be evaluated will consider applicable public 
stakeholders and agency coordination received since the study commenced 
in 2017, and through future outreach efforts. Coordination early in the 
process identified concerns and potential impacts, relevant effects of 
past actions, and possible alternative actions that were pivotal in 
defining the re-scoped study. The decision making approach will allow 
time to address agency policy issues and build consensus among 
cooperating agencies and the public.

4. Scoping/Public Participation

    Prior scoping meetings were held in May 2017 and June 2019. At this 
time, additional scoping meetings are not scheduled. However, input can 
be provided to the contacts identified here within, at any time during 
the feasibility study and preparation of the EIS. Public meetings will 
be conducted during the public review period of the draft EIS.

5. Lead and Cooperating Agencies

    The Corps is the lead federal agency and the New York Department of 
Environmental Conservation (in partnership with Nassau County, NY) is 
the nonfederal sponsor for the study and the preparation of the EIS in 
meeting the requirements of the NEPA and its Implementing Regulations 
of the President's Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1500-1508). 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Federal Emergency Management 
Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have 
been identified as cooperating agencies. The preparation of the EIS 
will be coordinated with New York State and Nassau County offices with 
discretionary authority relative to the proposed actions. The Draft 
Integrated Feasibility Report/EIS is currently scheduled for 
distribution to the public in 2021.

    Dated: September 4, 2020.
Karen J. Baker,
Programs Director, North Atlantic Division.
[FR Doc. 2020-20031 Filed 9-9-20; 8:45 am]
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