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Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period for the Interim Report for the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries, Texas Resiliency Study
Document Number: 2020-24969
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-12
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
A notice of availability was published in the Federal Register by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on October 2, 2020 for the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries, Texas Resiliency Study (BBTRS) notifying the public an Interim Report was available for review and comment. The notice indicated the review period was to conclude on November 2, 2020. Four virtual public meetings were held in October 2020 in an effort to provide the public with an overview of Interim Report and answer questions about the study and alternatives considered. In response to several requests for extension, this notice announces an extension of the public comment period to November 20, 2020. No additional public meetings have been scheduled during the extension period.
Inland Waterways Users Board; Request for Nominations
Document Number: 2020-24197
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-02
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to request nominations to serve as representatives on the Inland Waterways Users Board, sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Section 302 of Public Law 99-662 established the Inland Waterways Users Board. The Board is an independent Federal advisory committee. The Secretary of the Army appoints its 11 (eleven) representative organizations. This notice is to solicit nominations for five (5) appointments for terms that will begin by May 28, 2021. For additional information about the Board, please visit the committee's website at http:// www.iwr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Inland-Waterways-U sers- Board/.
Danger Zone; Pacific Ocean at U.S. Marine Corps Base, Camp Blaz, Mason Live-Fire Training Range Complex, on the North Coast of Guam
Document Number: 2020-22895
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-29
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to revise its existing regulations to establish a danger zone at the U.S. Marine Corps Base, Camp Blaz in the Pacific Ocean, Guam. The Marine Corps requested establishment of a danger zone extending over the Pacific Ocean adjacent to the Mason Live-Fire Training Range Complex (LFTRC). Establishment of the danger zone would intermittently restrict commercial, public, and private vessels from entering or lingering in the restricted safety zone to ensure public safety during small arms training activities. This danger zone is necessary to minimize potential conflicts between local populace activities and ongoing military training in the subject area.
Scoping Period Extension for Environmental Impact Statement for an Easement To Cross Under Lake Oahe, North Dakota for a Fuel-Carrying Pipeline Right-of-Way for a Portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Document Number: 2020-23474
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-23
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is extending the scoping period through November 26, 2020. The scoping period was originally scheduled to end on October 26, 2020.
Washington Channel, Fort McNair, Washington, DC; Restricted Area
Document Number: 2020-21677
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-13
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to establish a restricted area in the Washington Channel adjacent to Fort McNair. Fort McNair is the headquarters of the Army's Military District of Washington and home of the National Defense University as well as the official residence of the U.S. Army's Vice Chief of Staff. Fort McNair requested a restricted area to fulfill Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH) security needs including Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) missions and protection of VIP quarters at Fort McNair. On August 8, 2019, the Corps published a proposed rule for the establishment of a restricted area in the Washington Channel adjacent to Fort McNair. After evaluating the comments received in response to that proposed rule, the proposal has been revised and the Corps is inviting public comment on the revised proposed rule text.
Notice of Availability of and Request for Comment on an Interim Report for the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries, Texas Resiliency Study
Document Number: 2020-21763
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-02
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requests comments on the alternatives considered to date by the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries, Texas Resiliency Study (BBTRS) to help inform the Study Team's recommendation to the Chief of Engineers on reducing the flood risk along Buffalo Bayou and its tributaries in Harris and Fort Bend counties, Texas. An Interim Report has been prepared to document alternatives considered to date. The Interim Report, which does not include recommendations or decisions, is being published to solicit input from the public. Seeking this public input prior to identifying a preferred alternative will help ensure the analysis of a complex problemand ultimately decisionsare effective, responsive, sustainable and understood by the region's communities.
Inland Waterways Users Board Meeting Notice
Document Number: 2020-21762
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-02
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the Federal advisory committee online virtual 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.
Proposal To Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits
Document Number: 2020-17116
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-09-15
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Nationwide Permits (NWPs) authorize certain activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to reissue its existing NWPs and associated general conditions and definitions, with some modifications. We are also proposing to issue five new NWPs. Two of those proposed new NWPs would authorize certain categories of mariculture activities (i.e., seaweed and finfish mariculture) that are not authorized by NWP 48. We are proposing to divide the current NWP that authorizes utility line activities (NWP 12) into three separate NWPs that address the differences in how different linear projects are constructed, the substances they convey, and the different standards and best management practices that help ensure those NWPs authorize only those activities that have no more than minimal adverse environmental effects. Specifically, we are proposing to modify the current utility line NWP 12 to authorize only oil and natural gas pipeline activities. Two proposed new NWPs would authorize activities associated with the construction, maintenance, repair, and removal of electric utility lines/telecommunication lines and utility lines that convey water, sewage, and other substances. The fifth proposed new NWP would authorize discharges of dredged or fill material into jurisdictional waters for the construction, expansion, and maintenance of water reuse and reclamation facilities. We are proposing these modifications to simplify and clarify the NWPs, reduce burdens on the regulated public, and continue to comply with the statutory requirement that these NWPs authorize only activities with no more than minimal individual and cumulative adverse environmental effects. The Corps is requesting comment on all aspects of these proposed nationwide permits.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Nassau County Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study
Document Number: 2020-20031
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-10
Agency: Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Department of the Defense
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.
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
Document Number: 2020-19994
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-10
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
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.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for an Easement to Cross Under Lake Oahe, North Dakota for a Fuel-Carrying Pipeline Right-Of-Way for a Portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Document Number: 2020-19993
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-10
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
This notice advises the public that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), as lead agency, will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) pursuant to court order to evaluate granting an easement to Dakota Access, LLC to cross federal land administered by Corps for the Oahe Dam and Reservoir Project on the Missouri River. This notice opens the public scoping phase and invites interested parties to identify issues and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action that should be considered in the EIS.
Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee; Meeting Notice
Document Number: 2020-19222
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Department of Defense (DoD) published a notice on July 6, 2020 that announced the third meeting of the Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee was to take place on July 16, 2020. In addition, Meeting 4 would also be rescheduled. DoD is publishing this notice to announce the revised schedule for Meeting 4 of the Federal advisory committee meetings of the Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee (TRLOC).
Surface Transportation-Administrative Vehicle Management
Document Number: 2020-16695
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
This final rule removes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' part titled Surface TransportationAdministrative Vehicle Management. This part is out-of-date and otherwise covers internal agency operations that have no public compliance component or adverse public impact. Therefore, this part can be removed from the CFR.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for construction of the Proposed Delta Conveyance Project, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Alameda Counties, CA
Document Number: 2020-18197
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District (USACE), as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for construction of the Delta Conveyance Project. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is the project proponent and will be referred to hereafter as the Applicant. The EIS will analyze the Applicant's proposed action to construct new conveyance facilities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) which includes intake facilities on the Sacramento River, tunnel reaches and tunnel shafts, a southern forebay and pumping plant, and south Delta Conveyance facilities that would connect to the existing State Water Project (SWP) infrastructure.
Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a Proposed Landfill Expansion within Wetlands that Drain to Burnetts Mill Creek at the Existing Regional Landfill off Merged U.S. Routes 58, 13, and 460 in Suffolk, Virginia
Document Number: 2020-16177
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-27
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate project alternatives and the public interest review factors, as well as the effects on 129 acres of forested wetlands for the proposed landfill expansion.
Board on Coastal Engineering Research
Document Number: 2020-15862
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-22
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the Board on Coastal Engineering Research. This meeting is open to the public.
Pacific Ocean at Naval Base Guam Telecommunication Site, Finegayan Small Arms Range, on the Northwestern Coast of Guam; Danger Zone
Document Number: 2020-14131
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-07-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Corps of Engineers (Corps) is amending its danger zone regulations to establish a danger zone in the Pacific Ocean adjacent to the existing Finegayan Small Arms Range at Naval Base Guam telecommunication site on the northwestern coast of Guam. The danger zone is located entirely within the Pacific Ocean, comprising 892 acres and extending 2.36 miles into the ocean from the high tide line. Establishment of the danger zone will intermittently prohibit vessels from lingering in the danger zone when the small arms range is in active use in order to ensure public safety.
Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee Meetings Notice
Document Number: 2020-14344
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-06
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Department of Defense (DoD) published a notice on April 17, 2020 that announced the third meeting of the Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee, which was to take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., had been cancelled due to concerns with COVID-19/State of Missouri ``Stay-at-Home'' order. The notice stated the meeting would be re-scheduled at a later date, along with meeting four. DoD is publishing this notice to announce the revised schedule for Meeting 3 of the Federal advisory committee meetings of the Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee (TRLOC).
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion, in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana
Document Number: 2020-14031
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-02
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), New Orleans District (CEMVN), has received an application for a U.S. Department of Army (DA) permit pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (Section 10), Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (Section 404), and Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (Section 408), from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) to construct, maintain, and operate the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion Project (Breton SD or proposed Action).
Inland Waterways Users Board Meeting Notice
Document Number: 2020-13543
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-25
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the Federal advisory committee online virtual 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.
Sabine Neches Navigation District User Fee Notice
Document Number: 2020-13420
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-23
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 authorizes a non-federal interest to levy port or harbor dues in the form of tonnage duties or fees in conjunction with a harbor navigation project whose usable increment of the project is complete to finance the cost, construction or maintenance of the project. The Sabine-Neches Navigation District (SNND) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas and the non-federal sponsor of the Sabine-Neches Waterway Channel Improvement Project (SNWW CIP). The SNND anticipates completion of the first usable increment of the SNWW CIP in the next 180 days. Upon completion of the first usable increment, SNND intends to levy port or harbor dues pursuant to 33 U.S.C. 2236. Notification in the Federal Register prior to an initial levy of port or harbor dues is required by the statute.
Withdrawal of the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Nassau County Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study
Document Number: 2020-12309
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-08
Agency: Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Department of the Defense
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, Planning Division is notifying interested parties that it has withdrawn the Notice of Intent (NOI) to develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Nassau County Back Bay (NCBB) Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Feasibility Study. The original NOI to prepare an EIS was published in the Federal Register on Friday, April 21, 2017. An Environmental Assessment (EA) will be prepared instead of an EIS.
Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule
Document Number: 2020-11114
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-08
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is issuing this final rule to adjust its civil monetary penalties (CMP) under the Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act of 1922, the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the National Fishing Enhancement Act to account for inflation.
Withdrawal of the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the New York New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries (NYNJHAT) Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study
Document Number: 2020-11673
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, Planning Division is notifying interested parties that it is withdrawing the Notice of Intent (NOI) to develop an EIS for the NYNJHAT Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Feasibility Study. The NOI to Prepare an EIS was published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2020.
National Wetland Plant List
Document Number: 2020-10630
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-18
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), as part of an interagency effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is announcing the availability of the final 2018 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The NWPL provides plant species indicator status ratings, which are used in determining whether the hydrophytic vegetation factor is met when conducting wetland delineations under the Clean Water Act and wetland determinations under the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. Other applications of the NWPL include wetland restoration, establishment, and enhancement projects. The list will become effective on May 18, 2020 and will be used in any wetland delineations performed after this date. Delineations completed prior to this date may still use the 2016 NWPL. Completed wetland delineation/ determination forms should reference the version of the NWPL used to complete the form.
Proposals by Non-Federal Interests, for Feasibility Studies, Proposed Modifications to Authorized Water Resources Development Projects and Feasibility Studies, and Proposed Modifications for an Environmental Infrastructure Program for Inclusion in the Annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development
Document Number: 2020-09338
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Section 7001 of Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014, as amended, requires that the Secretary of the Army annually submit to the Congress a report (Annual Report) that identifies feasibility reports, proposed feasibility studies submitted by non-Federal interests, proposed modifications to authorized water resources development projects or feasibility studies, and proposed modifications to environmental infrastructure program authorities that meet certain criteria. The Annual Report is to be based, in part, upon requests for proposals submitted by non-Federal interests.
The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States”
Document Number: 2020-02500
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-04-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army are publishing a final rule defining the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule is the second step in a comprehensive, two-step process intended to review and revise the definition of ``waters of the United States'' consistent with the Executive Order signed on February 28, 2017, ``Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the `Waters of the United States' Rule.'' Once effective, it replaces the rule published on October 22, 2019. This final rule implements the overall objective of the Clean Water Act to restore and maintain the integrity of the nation's waters by maintaining federal authority over those waters that Congress determined should be regulated by the Federal government under its Commerce Clause powers, while adhering to Congress' policy directive to preserve States' primary authority over land and water resources. This final definition increases the predictability and consistency of Clean Water Act programs by clarifying the scope of ``waters of the United States'' federally regulated under the Act.
Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee Meetings; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting; Cancellation
Document Number: 2020-08071
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-17
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
On February 6, 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) published an updated notice that announced the third meeting of the Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee, which was to take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. DoD is publishing this notice to announce that this federal advisory committee meeting has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns (the State of Missouri is under ``Stay at Home'' orders) and will be re- scheduled at a later date, along with meeting four.
Rules and Regulations Governing Public Use of Water Resource Development Projects Administered by the Chief of Engineers
Document Number: 2020-07184
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-13
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Department of the Army, through the United States Army Corps of Engineers (``Corps''), is soliciting comments on its proposed revision of its regulation that governs the possession and transportation of firearms and other weapons at Corps water resources development projects (``projects''). This proposed revision would align the Corps regulation with the regulations of the other Federal land management agencies by removing the need for an individual to obtain written permission before possessing a weapon on Corps projects.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Public Scoping Meeting for Dow Chemical Company's Harris Reservoir Expansion Project, Brazoria County, Texas (Department of the Army Permit SWG-2016-01027)
Document Number: 2020-07315
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-07
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Galveston District, has received a permit application for a U.S. Department of the Army (DA) permit pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act from Dow Chemical Company (Dow) (SWG-2016-01027) for the Harris Reservoir Expansion Project (proposed Project). The proposed Project site is located between the Brazos River and Oyster Creek approximately 8 miles northwest of the City of Angleton in Brazoria County, Texas. The primary federal involvement associated with the proposed action (proposed Project) is the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States (U.S.), and the construction of structures and/or work that may affect navigable waters. Federal authorizations for the Project would constitute a major federal action. Based on the potential impacts, both individually and cumulatively, the Corps intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to render a final decision on the permit applications. The Corps' decision will be to issue, issue with modification, or deny DA permits for the proposed action. The EIS will assess the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts of the construction and operation of the proposed project, and is intended to be sufficient in scope to address federal, state, and local requirements; environmental and socioeconomic issues concerning the proposed action; and permit reviews.
[Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Public Scoping Meeting for the Port of Corpus Christi Channel Deepening Project, Nueces and Aransas Counties, Texas
Document Number: 2020-07313
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-07
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District (Corps), has received a permit application for a Department of the Army (DA) Permit pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act from the Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) (SWG-2019-00067) for the deepening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel (CCSC). The primary Federal involvement associated with the proposed action is the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States, the construction of structures and/or work that may affect navigable waters, and ocean disposal of dredged material. Federal authorizations for the proposed project would constitute a ``major federal action.'' Based on the potential impacts, both individually and cumulatively, the Corps intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to render a final decision on the permit application. The Corps' decision will be to issue, issue with modification, or deny DA permits for the proposed action. The EIS will assess the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts of the proposed project and is intended to be sufficient in scope to address Federal, State and local requirements, environmental and socioeconomic issues concerning the proposed action, and permit reviews.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Sacramento Weir Component (Yolo County, California) of the American River Watershed Common Features Project, as Authorized Under the Water Resources Development Act of 2016
Document Number: 2020-06812
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Sacramento District, and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board is preparing a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR) for the Sacramento Weir widening component of the American River Watershed Common Features (ARCF) Levee Improvement Project authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 2016. This Draft Supplemental EIS/EIR supplements the ARCF General Reevaluation Report (GRR) Final EIS/EIR. The Proposed Action includes constructing a 1,500-foot-long passive weir, with associated levee, roadway, rail bridge, and fish passage improvements adjacent to the existing Sacramento Weir at the junction of the Sacramento River and Sacramento Bypass. Conceptual components of the Proposed Action were analyzed in the ARCF GRR Final EIS/EIR but some elements of the Proposed Action (passive weir design and fish passage structure) were not analyzed in the ARCF GRR Final EIS/EIR because final designs are still in progress. USACE has now developed two alternative project designs in sufficient detail to analyze their environmental effects: A passive weir structure with a crest elevation at 26 feet on the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88) (the Proposed Action), and a passive weir structure with a crest elevation at 26 feet NAVD88, with stop logs to raise the crest elevation to 29.8 feet NAVD88 (the Higher Weir Elevation Alternative). Both design alternatives would reduce the flood risk in and around the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento by conveying additional Sacramento River flow during flood events into the Sacramento and Yolo Bypasses.
Guidance To Establish Policies for the Agency Levee Safety Program Entitled Engineer Circular 1165-2-218
Document Number: 2020-06364
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-26
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
In the February 25, 2020 issue of the Federal Register, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice announcing the availability of its draft agency guidance entitled, Engineer Circular 1165-2-218: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Levee Safety Program, for comment. In that notice, USACE stated that written comments must be submitted on or before April 27, 2020. It was the intent of USACE to host five in-person public sessions to provide additional opportunities to exchange information related to the draft Engineer Circular prior to the conclusion of the open comment period. Due to ongoing concerns related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), USACE has postponed the in-person public sessions until such a time they can be safely rescheduled or an alternative plan for virtual information exchange can be implemented. USACE recognizes that feedback from the public and our partners is key to the success of the USACE Levee Safety Program, and provides opportunity to build trusting and transparent relationships. As a result, USACE is extending the public comment period on the draft Engineer Circular until July 27, 2020. The draft Engineer Circular is available for review on the USACE Levee Safety Program website (https:/ /www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Levee-Safety-Program /) and at (http://www.regulations.gov) reference docket number COE-2020-0003.
Use of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reservoir Projects for Domestic, Municipal & Industrial Water Supply; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2020-05919
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-03-23
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
As a result of a policy determination by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is withdrawing the proposed rule titled ``Use of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reservoir Projects for Domestic, Municipal & Industrial Water Supply,'' which was published on December 16, 2016.
Guidance To Establish Policies for the Agency Levee Safety Program Entitled Engineer Circular 1165-2-218
Document Number: 2020-03726
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has developed draft agency guidance, entitled Engineer Circular 1165-2-218, to consolidate and formalize policies and procedures for its Levee Safety Program. The intent of the Levee Safety Program is to understand, monitor, and manage flood risk associated with levees over time, provide a framework to sustain long term benefits, and adapt activities and actions based on the dynamic nature of flood risk. USACE is seeking feedback from non-federal levee sponsors, interested associations, Tribes, other federal agencies, and any other interested individuals on this proposed draft guidance document. This notice announces the availability of the draft Engineer Circular for comment. The comment period on the draft document starts with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register and will last for 60 days. The draft Engineer Circular is available for review on the USACE Levee Safety Program website (https:/ /www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Levee-Safety-Program /) and at (http://www.regulations.gov) reference docket number COE-2020-0003.
Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee Meetings Notice
Document Number: 2020-02368
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-06
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Department of Defense (DoD) published a notice that announced the second meeting of the Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee, which was to take place on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., had been cancelled and would be re-scheduled at a later date, along with meetings three and four. DoD is publishing this notice to announce the revised schedule for Meetings 2, 3, and 4 of the Federal advisory committee meetings of the Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee (TRLOC). The meetings are open to the public. Public comments are requested.
Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting; Cancellation AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.
Document Number: 2020-02367
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-06
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
On November 21, 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD) published a notice that announced the second meeting of the Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee, which was to take place on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. DoD is publishing this notice to announce that this federal advisory committee meeting has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled at a later date, along with meetings three and four.
Board on Coastal Engineering Research
Document Number: 2020-01972
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-03
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the Board on Coastal Engineering Research. This meeting is open to the public.
Inland Waterways Users Board Meeting Notice
Document Number: 2020-01680
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-30
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
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.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Tiered Environmental Impact Statement for the New York New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study
Document Number: 2020-00289
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District (Corps) is preparing an integrated Feasibility Report/Tiered Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed New York and New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study (NYNJHAT). The study is assessing the feasibility of coastal storm risk management alternatives to be implemented within the authorized study area with a specific emphasis on the New York and New Jersey Harbor, including Raritan Bay, the tidally affected stretches of the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers, and the Hudson River to Troy, New York.
Intent To Prepare a Draft Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries, Texas Resiliency Study
Document Number: 2019-27766
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-27
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District (USACE) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries, Texas Resiliency Study (BBTRS). The study will identify and evaluate the feasibility of reducing flood risks on Buffalo Bayou in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. The study will also complete a Dam Safety Modification Study (DSMS) on the Addicks and Barker Dams. This notice announces USACE's intent to determine the scope of the issues to be addressed and identify the significant issues related to a proposed action.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Tiered Environmental Impact Statement for the New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study
Document Number: 2019-27122
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-17
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District (Corps) is preparing an integrated Feasibility Report/Tiered Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed New Jersey Back Bays (NJBB) Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Feasibility Study. The study is assessing the feasibility of coastal storm risk management alternatives to be implemented within the authorized study area with a specific emphasis on the back bay areas along the New Jersey Atlantic Coast extending from Cape May Inlet to Shark River Inlet including the NJ Coastal Lakes Area.
Occupational Safety and Health Programs for Federal Employees
Document Number: 2019-26275
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-05
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Safety and Health Requirements Manual (EM 385-1-1) is the gold standard for Safety and Occupational Health regulations. The manual holds a long history dating back to 1941 and is designed to facilitate the standardization of all safety programs. The EM 385-1-1 prescribes the safety and health requirements for all Corps of Engineers activities and operations. The USACE is soliciting comments on the proposed revisions to EM 385-1-1.
James River, Skiffes Creek, and Warwick River Surrounding Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE-Eustis), Virginia; Restricted Areas and Danger Zones
Document Number: 2019-25273
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Corps of Engineers is establishing restricted areas and danger zones in the waters of the James River, Skiffes Creek and Warwick River in Newport News, Virginia. JBLE-Eustis contains a military port, berthing numerous Army vessels, and conducts exercises to include small craft testing and live fire training activities. The amendment is necessary to protect the public from hazards associated with training and mission operations, and to protect government assets, missions, and the base population in general. The amendment increases the restricted areas and creates danger zones surrounding the existing installation and firing ranges.
Restricted Area, Curtis Creek and Arundel Cove, United States Coast Guard Yard, Baltimore, Maryland
Document Number: 2019-25272
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is amending its regulations to establish a restricted area in the waters of Curtis Creek and Arundel Cove extending offshore from the United States Coast Guard Yard, Baltimore, located in Baltimore, Maryland. The restricted area is necessary to address the current security and safety needs at U.S. Coast Guard Yard (CG Yard), Baltimore, Maryland, including the protection of Coast Guard-wide military assets as the CG Yard is the Coast Guard's only shipyard and largest industrial facility; performing major ship, electronics and heavy weapons overhaul, repair and manufacture. The CG Yard is also the host command for various Coast Guard commands supporting local and nationwide Coast Guard missions.
Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee Meetings Notice
Document Number: 2019-25252
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal advisory committee meetings of the Table Rock Lake Oversight Committee (TRLOC). The meetings are open to the public. Public comments are requested.
Florida Keys Coastal Storm Risk Management Study
Document Number: 2019-24417
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-08
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
In accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans to prepare a Feasibility Study with an integrated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate environmental impacts from reasonable project alternatives to protect nearshore areas of Monroe County, Florida, from hurricanes and other storms with their associated wind, storm surge, and coastal flooding.
Definition of “Waters of the United States”-Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules
Document Number: 2019-20550
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (``the agencies'') are publishing a final rule to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule: Definition of ``Waters of the United States'' (``2015 Rule''), which amended portions of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and to restore the regulatory text that existed prior to the 2015 Rule. The agencies will implement the pre-2015 Rule regulations informed by applicable agency guidance documents and consistent with Supreme Court decisions and longstanding agency practice. The agencies are repealing the 2015 Rule for four primary reasons. First, the agencies conclude that the 2015 Rule did not implement the legal limits on the scope of the agencies' authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) as intended by Congress and reflected in Supreme Court cases, including Justice Kennedy's articulation of the significant nexus test in Rapanos. Second, the agencies conclude that in promulgating the 2015 Rule the agencies failed to adequately consider and accord due weight to the policy of the Congress in CWA section 101(b) to ``recognize, preserve, and protect the primary responsibilities and rights of States to prevent, reduce, and eliminate pollution'' and ``to plan the development and use . . . of land and water resources.'' 33 U.S.C. 1251(b). Third, the agencies repeal the 2015 Rule to avoid interpretations of the CWA that push the envelope of their constitutional and statutory authority absent a clear statement from Congress authorizing the encroachment of federal jurisdiction over traditional State land-use planning authority. Lastly, the agencies conclude that the 2015 Rule's distance-based limitations suffered from certain procedural errors and a lack of adequate record support. The agencies find that these reasons, collectively and individually, warrant repealing the 2015 Rule. With this final rule, the regulations defining the scope of federal CWA jurisdiction will be those portions of the CFR as they existed before the amendments promulgated in the 2015 Rule.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Wilmington Harbor Navigation Improvement Project Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Report, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, NC
Document Number: 2019-19742
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-12
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The North Carolina State Ports Authority (NCSPA) has prepared a feasibility study and draft environmental report pursuant to Section 203 of Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (WRDA) that evaluates potential improvements to the Wilmington Harbor federal navigation channel in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, North Carolina. On June 26th, 2019, the NCSPA submitted the study to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works [ASA(CW)] for purposes of review and determining whether the study, and the process under which the study was developed, complies with Federal laws and regulations applicable to feasibility studies for potential water resources development projects. This notice advises the public that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District (Corps), at the direction of the ASA(CW), intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to support the ASA(CW) review of the NCSPA study. The Wilmington Harbor Navigation Improvement Project (WHNIP) DEIS is being prepared in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended.
Washington Channel, Fort McNair, Washington, DC; Restricted Area
Document Number: 2019-19735
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-09-12
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
On August 8, 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) published a proposed rule to establish a permanent restricted area in the Washington Channel adjacent to Fort McNair in Washington, DC. The comment period ended on September 9, 2019, and we received requests to extend the comment period. As it closed prior to the publication of this document, we are reopening the comment period. Comments previously submitted do not need to be resubmitted, as they have already been incorporated into the administrative record and will be fully considered in the Corps' decision making process for this rulemaking action.