Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Reservoirs at Headwaters of the Mississippi River; Use and Administration
Document Number: 2013-31078
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is amending the rules regarding use and administration of the reservoirs at the headwaters of the Mississippi River by deleting from the Code of Federal Regulations all references to minimum discharges and to operating limits for the reservoirs. Following extensive public input and environmental review, the St. Paul District of the Corps of Engineers recently adopted an updated operating plan for the Mississippi River Headwaters reservoirs containing minimum flow values that differ from those currently codified in the Code of Federal Regulations. Deleting all references to minimum flows in the regulations will eliminate the current discrepancy between the regulations and the approved operating plan for the reservoirs. The operating limits are also contained in the operating plan for the reservoirs, and eliminating both the minimum flow values and the operating limits from the rule will make it unnecessary to amend the regulations each time the values are modified in the operating plan in the future.
Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Route 460 Location Study From Prince George County to the City of Suffolk, VA
Document Number: 2013-30695
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Norfolk District, as joint lead federal agencies, and in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Route 460 Location Study Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The purpose of this SEIS is to evaluate new information regarding the aquatic resource impacts and alternatives described in the June 2008 FEIS and the September 2008 Record of Decision (ROD). In addition, FHWA is evaluating proposed changes to the termini of the selected alternative and the proposed interchange at Route 620, and proposed changes to the selected alignment to avoid and minimize aquatic resource impacts. The USACE is preparing the document to produce a supplemented FEIS that fully evaluates the new information and to gather information that informs and supports the USACE's evaluation of the Department of the Army Individual Permit (IP) application submitted by U.S. Route 460 Mobility Partners (the Applicant) for the discharge of fill material into waters of the United States in conjunction with the construction of the Route 460 Corridor Improvements Project (Project). The USACE was a cooperating agency in the preparation of the June 2008 FEIS and will adopt that document as appropriate.
Flood Control Regulations, Marshall Ford Dam (Mansfield Dam and Lake Travis), Colorado River, Texas
Document Number: 2013-30497
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-23
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to amend the rules regarding use and administration of Marshall Ford Dam (Mansfield Dam and Lake Travis), Colorado River, Texas. In 1997, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) completed repayment of the federal government's contribution for acquisition and construction costs related to Mansfield Dam. Subsequently, the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) relinquished all rights and obligations to the project. However, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the USBR are referenced as project stakeholders in the Flood Control Regulations. Amending the referenced regulations to update project ownership will eliminate the current discrepancy between the regulations and associated project documents. The Fort Worth District of the Corps and LCRA are finalizing a revised water control plan for Lake Travis. There is no intent to publish the updated water control plan in the Federal Register. Amending the regulations to indicate that the water control plan has been superseded would eliminate the need to amend the regulations each time the water control plan is modified.
Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Middle Mississippi River Regulating Works Project, Missouri and Illinois
Document Number: 2013-30347
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) intends to prepare a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the Middle Mississippi River Regulating Works Project. This project is the means by which USACE provides a safe and dependable 9-foot navigation channel on the Middle Mississippi River. The Middle Mississippi River is defined as that portion of the Mississippi River that lies between the confluences of the Ohio and Missouri rivers. The original environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Project was finalized in 1976. USACE has determined that there is sufficient significant new information regarding the potential impacts of the project on the human environment to warrant the preparation of a supplemental environmental impact statement.
Proposed Levels of Service at Locks and Dams on the J Bennett Johnston Waterway (Red River)
Document Number: 2013-30073
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-18
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
This notice replaces the original notice published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2013 (78 FR 34083). The hours of availability for locking at Lindy C. Boggs Lock and Dam, John H. Overton Lock and Dam, Lock and Dam No. 3, Russell B. Long Lock and Dam, and Joe D. Waggonner, JR Lock and Dam on the J Bennett Johnston Waterway will remain at the current schedule of 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, and 365 days per year for a one year period beginning February 1, 2014. Future level of service for each of the five locks and dams will be re-assessed following this one year period.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Dam Safety Modification Study Report for the Cherry Creek Project, Arapahoe County, Colorado
Document Number: 2013-29984
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-17
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District (Corps) intends to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the federal action to remediate dam safety concerns at Cherry Creek Dam. The dam safety concerns are primarily related to a hydrologic deficiency resulting from an extreme precipitation event and the large population that could be affected by such an event. Cherry Creek Dam and Lake is located on Cherry Creek, 11.4 miles upstream of its confluence with the South Platte River, in Aurora, Colorado (southeast Denver metropolitan area). The remediation actions will be identified through a Dam Safety Modification Study (DSMS) being conducted in accordance with Corps policy as described in Engineering Regulation 1110-2-1156 ``Safety of DamsPolicy and Procedures.''
Pacific Ocean off the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Island of Kauai, Hawaii; Danger Zone.
Document Number: 2013-29878
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-16
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Corps of Engineers is amending its regulations for the danger zone in waters of the Pacific Ocean off the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Island of Kauai, Hawaii. The U.S. Navy conducts weapon systems testing and other military testing and training activities at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. The amendment expands the boundaries of the existing danger zone to include an area necessary to protect the public from potential hazards associated with weapon systems testing, other military testing and training activities, and increased threat conditions. Similar to the original danger zone, the expanded danger zone prohibits any activity by the public within the danger zone during range operations, weapon systems testing, other military testing and training activities, increases in force protection and other mission-essential evolutions without first obtaining permission from the Commanding Officer, Pacific Missile Range Facility to ensure public safety and/or installation good order. The expanded danger zone extends along approximately seven miles of shoreline adjacent to the Pacific Missile Range Facility, with its seaward extent ranging between 2.96 and 4.16 nautical miles offshore. Only the portions of the danger zone necessary to safely conduct range operations will be activated.
Inland Waterways Users Board
Document Number: 2013-28785
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-02
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
In Accordance with 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), announcement is made of the forthcoming meeting. Name of Committee: Inland Waterways Users Board (Board). Date: January 14, 2014. Location: Meeting at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel, 100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, at 504-566-7006, or westinneworleanscanalplace.com. Time: Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting is scheduled to adjourn at approximately 1:00 p.m. Agenda: The agenda will include the status of funding for inland navigation projects and studies, the status of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, update of proposed water resources-related authorization bills, and the status of the Olmsted Locks and Dam Project.
Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Dam Safety Modification Report, Bluestone Dam, Hinton, Summers County, WV
Document Number: 2013-28031
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-25
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Huntington District will prepare a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to disclose potential impacts to the natural, physical, and human environment resulting from modifications to Bluestone Dam. The original EIS was published in 1998 and a Record of Decision (ROD) was signed in 1999 concluding the NEPA process allowing the Corps to initiate implementation of the Bluestone Dam Safety Assurance (DSA) Project. When completed, the current modifications under construction will strengthen the dam's stability and allow for increased discharge capacity through the use of hydropower penstocks substantially reducing risk. However, physical modeling and expert analysis conducted during project construction has indicated the downstream bedrock is vulnerable to an unacceptable degree of erosion during high flow events. The Corps has also recognized potential for unacceptable erosion associated with overtopping of areas of the dam not designed to be overtopped. After a full consideration of alternatives, this supplemental EIS will recommend additional modifications to address such risks and to achieve acceptable risk levels.
Naval Base Ventura County, San Nicolas Island, California; Restricted Area
Document Number: 2013-28126
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-22
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to amend its regulations to modify an existing permanent restricted area in the waters of the Pacific Ocean surrounding San Nicolas Island, California. Naval Base Ventura County is requesting the Corps modify the existing restricted area to realign subsections (designated Alpha, Bravo and Charlie) within the restricted area to better match current operational requirements. In addition, the proposed rule would correct a mapping error in the original rule. The perimeter and overall size of the existing restricted area would remain unchanged. San Nicolas Island is wholly owned by the United States and operated by the U.S. Navy as part of Naval Base Ventura County.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Supplement to the July 2011 Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed SR 1409 (Military Cutoff Road) Extension and Proposed US 17 Hampstead Bypass New Hanover and Pender Counties in North Carolina, NCDOT TIP Projects U-4751 and R-3300
Document Number: 2013-25919
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Wilmington District, Wilmington Regulatory Division is issuing this notice to advise the public that a State of North Carolina funded Supplement Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been prepared describing changes since the release of the July 2011 DEIS for a road improvement project starting at Military Cutoff Road in New Hanover County to north of Hampstead along US 17, Pender County, NC (TIP Projects U-4751 and R- 3300). The changes which have necessitated this new supplement include an additional interchange on the north end of the project corridor as well as additional lanes not disclosed in the 2011 DEIS published in the Federal Register on September 23, 2011 (76 FR 59122).
Intent To Prepare a Regional Environmental Impact Statement for Surface Coal and Lignite Mining in the State of Texas
Document Number: 2013-24869
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-24
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is preparing a Regional Environmental Impact Statement (REIS) to analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects associated with a decision to develop and assess data and information with waters of the United States and other relevant resources that may be potentially impacted by future surface coal and lignite mine expansions in the state of Texas within the Fort Worth District's area of responsibility. These coal and lignite mining activities may eventually require authorization from the USACE under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, as well as other federal and state permits and approvals.
Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Navy Base Intermodal Facility at the former Charleston Naval Complex (CNC) in North Charleston, South Carolina
Document Number: 2013-24736
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Charleston District intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to assess the potential social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed construction and operation of an intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF) by the South Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Public Railways d/b/a Palmetto Railways (Palmetto Railways). The DEIS will assess potential effects of a range of alternatives, including the proposed alternative.
North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study
Document Number: 2013-24237
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-04
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is requesting peer reviewed information that would be useful in the preparation of the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (Hurricane Sandy). The USACE is preparing a report that will be submitted to Congress in 2015. The goals of the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study authorized under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, Public Law 113-2 are to (1) provide risk reduction strategies to reduce risk to which vulnerable coastal populations are subject, and (2) promote coastal resilient communities to ensure a sustainable and robust coastal landscape system, considering future sea level rise and climate change scenarios, to reduce risk to vulnerable population, property, infrastructure and ecosystems.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement: Department of the Army Permit Application Pursuant to the Clean Water Act and Rivers and Harbors Act and Permissions Under the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, Plaquemines Parish, LA
Document Number: 2013-24234
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-04
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to inform a decision relative to the request for a Department of the Army (DA) permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, and permissions under 33 U.S.C. Section 408, to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) for their proposed action on the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion (MBSD). The EIS will be used to ensure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and as a basis for both the permit decision and the Section 408 permissions. The DA permit and the 408 permissions are two separate processes with different authorities analyzed by different mission areas (including Regulatory and Civil Works) inside the USACE. Under Section 404 of the CWA and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, the District Engineer permits the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States as well as work, to include the installation and maintenance of structures, in navigable waters of the U.S., if the discharge meets the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency's 404(b)(1) guidelines, and the proposal is determined to not be contrary to the overall public interest. Under 33 U.S.C. 408, the Chief of Engineers grants permission to alter, modify, or impair an existing USACE project if it is not injurious to the public interest and does not impair the usefulness of such work. The project involves structural crossings of the Federal Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) Levee and the future New Orleans to Venice (NOV) Hurricane Protection Levee and could impact the Mississippi River Navigation Channel, Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion as well as other Federal projects. USACE Regulatory and Civil Works will coordinate on all aspects of the production of the EIS.
Availability of a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (Feasibility Study/Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report), Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Study, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA
Document Number: 2013-22797
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-19
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles (City) announces the availability of a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (IFR), which includes a Draft Feasibility Study (FS) and Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Study, Los Angeles County, CA, for review and comment. The study evaluates alternatives for the purpose of restoring 11 miles of the Los Angeles River from approximately Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles while maintaining existing levels of flood risk management. Restoration includes creation and reestablishment of historic riparian strand and freshwater marsh habitat to support increased populations of wildlife and enhance habitat connectivity within the study area, as well as to provide opportunities for connectivity to ecological zones such as the Santa Monica Mountains, Verdugo Hills, Elysian Hills, and San Gabriel Mountains. Restoration also includes the reintroduction of ecological and physical processes such as a more natural hydrologic and hydraulic regime that reconnects the river to historic floodplains and tributaries, reduced flow velocities, increased infiltration, improved natural sediment processes, and improved water quality. The study also evaluates opportunities for passive recreation that is compatible with the restored environment. A Notice of Intent for the EIS/EIR was published on November 28, 2008 (73 FR 72455).
York River and the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown-Cheatham Annex, Yorktown, Virginia; Danger Zone
Document Number: 2013-22614
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-09-18
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Corps of Engineers is proposing to establish a danger zone in the waters of the York River off Cheatham Annex, in York County, Virginia. The Cheatham Annex Small Arms Training Center is used by more than 50 active Navy, reserve Navy and active Marine Corps units. The proposed danger zone is necessary to protect the public from hazards associated with the small arms fire operations.
Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement Project, Grays Harbor, Washington
Document Number: 2013-22286
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-13
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Seattle District, as lead Federal agency, will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) evaluating the Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement Project. The purpose of this supplement is to address proposed changes to the Grays Harbor and Chehalis River Navigation Project developed since the Corps prepared the 1982 Grays Harbor, Chehalis and Hoquiam Rivers, Washington Channel Improvements for Navigation Interim Feasibility Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and its 1989 supplement. The SEIS updates the original EIS and its supplement with more recent relevant environmental information, and updates the description of effects that may potentially occur from implementing the proposed action. The SEIS will evaluate the practicality and potential environmental impacts of three alternatives: two with varying channel depths and no action.
Notice of Amendment to the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview Shipping Facility Project
Document Number: 2013-21780
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-06
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview, LLC (MBTL) is proposing to construct and operate a shipping facility near Longview, Washington. Department of the Army (DA) authorization is required pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The Corps has determined the proposed project may have significant individual and/or cumulative impacts on the human environment. The Corps is working in collaboration with the Cowlitz County Building and Planning Department (County) and the Washington State Department of Ecology (WDOE), to prepare separate federal and state Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The Corps will serve as the lead federal agency for purposes of preparing a NEPA EIS, while the County and WDOE will serve as lead agencies for purposes of preparing a SEPA EIS. This Notice of Intent amends the notice published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2013 (78 FR 49484) by providing additional and updated information on a separate but synchronized environmental review and public scoping process.
Notice of Intent To Prepare A Draft Environment Impact Statement for the Proposed Ray Mine Tailings Storage Facility in Pinal County, Arizona
Document Number: 2013-20733
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-26
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District (Corps) is examining the environmental consequences associated with the proposed construction, operation, and closure of a new tailings storage facility in eastern Pinal County, Arizona, in connection with Asarco LLC's application for a Department of the Army permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The proposed tailings storage facility and associated facilities would discharge fill materials into approximately 138 acres of waters of the U.S. and indirectly impact an additional 17 acres through dewatering. The primary federal environmental concerns are the proposed discharges of fill material into waters of the U.S. and the potential for significant adverse environmental effects resulting from such activities. Therefore, to address these concerns in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Corps is requiring preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prior to consideration of any permit action. The action must comply with the Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines (40 CFR Part 230) and not be contrary to the public interest to be granted a Corps permit. The Corps may ultimately make a determination to permit or deny the above project, or permit or deny modified versions of the above project.
Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Tarmac King Road Limestone Mine Proposed in Levy County, Florida
Document Number: 2013-19965
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-16
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is issuing this notice to advise the public that a Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) has been completed and is available for review and comment.
Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board; Meeting
Document Number: 2013-19814
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-16
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
In accordance with 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, announcement is made of the forthcoming meeting. Name of Committee: Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board (EAB). Date: September 11, 2013. Time: 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. Location: Room 3K10, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Building, 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20548-0002, Phone: (202) 512-6000. Purpose of the Meeting and Agenda: The Board will advise the Chief of Engineers on environmental policy, identification and resolution of environmental issues and missions, and addressing challenges, problems and opportunities in an environmentally sustainable manner. Discussions and presentations during this meeting will include flow management for sustainable river ecosystems; Corps' outreach opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; and introduction of a multi-year work plan for the Board. The Board will also briefly discuss recent site visits and completed letter reports. Following Board discussions and presentations there will be a public comment period. Public's Accessibility to the Meeting: This meeting will be open to the public. Anyone attending the meeting must enter and exit at the G Street visitors entrance of the GAO Building, present a valid form of government issued photo identification (e.g., drivers license, state- issued photo ID, or passport), and pass through the security screening station. All visitors must be escorted while in the building. The GAO Building is accessible to persons with disabilities. Attendees need to arrive in time to complete the security screening and arrive at the meeting room before 9:00 a.m. Seating will be limited and on a first- come basis. The Committee's Designated Federal Officer (DFO) and Point of Contact: Mr. John C. Furry, Phone: (202) 761-5875, or email john.c.furry@usace.army.mil
Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Dam Safety Study, Lake Lewisville Dam, Elm Fork Trinity River, Denton County, Texas
Document Number: 2013-19813
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-15
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Authorized by the River and Harbor Act of March 2, 1945, Lake Lewisville embankment construction began in December 1948 with completion in August 1955. The project includes an earthen embankment that is approximately 32,000 feet in length and has a maximum height of 125 feet at elevation 560 feet (all elevations are NGVD) with gated outlet works and an uncontrolled concrete ogee weir spillway. The primary purposes of the project are flood risk management, water supply, recreation and non-Federal hydropower. Top of conservation pool was originally set at elevation 515. Following construction of Ray Roberts Dam upstream, the conservation pool of Lewisville was raised from elevation 515 to 522 on November 30, 1988. At elevation 522, the lake inundates approximately 29,600 surface acres. Top of flood pool is elevation 532 which inundates approximately 39,200 surface acres. Downstream of the dam, approximately 2,000 acres of Corps of Engineers (Corps) owned lands are currently leased by the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. A former fish hatchery is also operated by the government for national research on controlling nuisance aquatic plants. The risk associated with the Lake Lewisville project was first evaluated in 2005 after the Corps instituted a Screening Portfolio Risk Assessment (SPRA) program to assess the risk of all 694 dams in the Corps' portfolio. The SPRA report completed in July 2005, was reviewed by Corps senior dam safety officials who concluded that the risks associated with the possible poor performance of the dam were above the Corps' tolerable risk guidelines. As a result, additional studies of the project were initiated. These studies are currently ongoing, and will evaluate appropriate ways to minimize risk associated with the project. While the Corps completes in-depth studies of the project to determine appropriate permanent methods for correcting potential problems, interim risk reduction measures have been implemented. In anticipation of possible permanent corrective actions at the project, and in order to fully comply with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, the Corps is preparing a project report and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to identify the environmental impacts associated with any alternatives to repair and reduce risks at the Lake Lewisville Dam. The general study area will be the Lake Lewisville proper and floodplain from Ray Roberts Dam downstream to Interstate Highway 20 in Dallas County.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview Shipping Facility Project
Document Number: 2013-19738
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-14
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Millennium Bulk TerminalsLongview, LLC (MBTL) is proposing to construct and operate a shipping facility near Longview, Washington. MBTL currently intends to ship coal from the facility. Department of the Army (DA) authorization is required pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The Corps has determined the proposed project may have significant individual and/or cumulative impacts on the human environment. The Corps has entered into an agreement with the Cowlitz County Building and Planning Department (County) and the Washington State Department of Ecology (WDOE), (together, the co-lead agencies) to prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The Corps will serve as the lead federal agency for purposes of NEPA, and the County and WDOE will serve as lead agencies under SEPA.
Notice of Amendment to the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Missouri River Recovery Management Plan, Missouri River, United States
Document Number: 2013-19297
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-09
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 (USACE), Kansas City and Omaha Districts, intend to prepare the Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This Notice of Intent amends the notice published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2013 (78 FR 4136) to provide additional and updated public scoping information.
Board on Coastal Engineering Research
Document Number: 2013-19296
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-09
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
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, the Department of Defense announces that the following Federal advisory committee meeting will take place: Name of Committee: Board on Coastal Engineering Research. Date of Meeting: September 4-6, 2013. Place: Atlantic Ballroom, Ocean Place Resort and Spa, One Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch, NJ 07740. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (September 4, 2013). 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (September 5, 2013). 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (September 6, 2013). Purpose of the Meeting: The purpose of the meeting is to explore impacts due to Hurricane Sandy on the water resources infrastructure and coastlines of North Atlantic Division and discuss research needs associated with sustaining resilient coastal communities and systems through risk reduction, regional sediment management, and ecosystem restoration activities. Agenda: Presentations and panel presentations on Wednesday morning, September 4, will include a Charge to the Board by the Chief of Engineers and panel presentations dealing with Hurricane Sandy: Response and Recovery. Presentations dealing with Response include Forecasting Hurricane Sandy, State of New Jersey Response to Hurricane Sandy, New York City Response to Hurricane Sandy, and National Hurricane Program. Presentations dealing with Recovery (Part 1) include Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and Hurricane Sandy Coastal Projects Performance Evaluation Study. There will be an optional field trip Wednesday afternoon to visit Sea Bright, Union Beach, Mantoloking, and Ortley Beach. On Thursday, September 5, 2013, there will be panel presentations dealing with Hurricane Sandy: Recovery (Part 2) and Hurricane Sandy: Resilience. Presentations dealing with Hurricane Sandy: Recovery include Coastal Breach Closures, Addressing Post-Storm Beach Repair Challenges, The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Recovery Operations, and Science and Technology Solutions that Supported Response and Recovery. Presentations dealing with Hurricane Sandy: Resilience include USACE North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study; Innovative Approach to Coastal System Resilience; Recommendation to Improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State's Infrastructure; Making Coastal Communities Resilient; Coastal Resilience, a Municipality Perspective; and A Framework for Quantifying Resilient Coastal Systems. There will be a luncheon speaker to discuss Improving Resilience to Coastal Storms for the City of New York. The Board will meet in Executive Session to discuss ongoing initiatives and ongoing and future actions on Friday morning, September 6, 2013. Public Participation: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b and 41 CFR 102- 3.140 through 102-3.165, and the availability of space, the Board on Coastal Engineering Research meeting is open to the public. Participation by the public is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013. The entire meeting and field trip are open to the public, but since seating capacity is limited, advance notice of attendance is required. Oral participation by public attendees is encouraged during the time scheduled on the agenda; written statements may be submitted to the Federal Designated Officer for the Board on Coastal Engineering Research prior to the meeting or up to 30 days after the meeting and addressed to COL Jeffrey R. Eckstein, Designated Federal Officer and Executive Secretary, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Waterways Experiment Station, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199, phone 601-634-2513, or Jeffrey.R.Eckstein@usace.army.mil.
Notice of Availability of the Final Feasibility Study/Environmental Impact Statement for the Chatfield Reservoir Storage Reallocation, Littleton, CO
Document Number: 2013-18548
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-02
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has prepared a Final Feasibility Study/Environmental Impact Statement (FR/EIS) for the Chatfield Reservoir Storage Reallocation, Littleton, CO.
Intent To Hold North Dakota Task Force Meeting as Established by the Missouri River Protection and Improvement Act of 2000 (Title VII)
Document Number: 2013-18544
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-02
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The duties of the Task Force are to prepare and approve a plan for the use of the funds made available under Title VII to reduce siltation of the Missouri River in the State of North Dakota, develop and implement a long-term strategy to improve conservation, protect recreation from sedimentation, improve water quality, improve erosion control, and protect historic and cultural sites along the Missouri River in North Dakota from erosion, and to identify and develop new projects.
Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplement to the July 2011 Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed SR 1409 (Military Cutoff Road) Extension and Proposed U.S. 17 Hampstead Bypass New Hanover and Pender Counties in North Carolina, NCDOT TIP Projects U-4751 and R-3300
Document Number: 2013-17906
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-25
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office has received updated information for a future request for Department of the Army (DA) authorization, pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbor Act, from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. This updated information was generated as the project was scoped and designed with input from the public and applicable resource agencies. Specifically, since release of the July 2011 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) the project now proposes an additional interchange on the north end of the project corridor as well as additional lanes not originally disclosed in the Draft EIS.
Inland Waterways Users Board
Document Number: 2013-17654
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-25
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
In accordance with 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), announcement is made of the forthcoming meeting. Name of Committee: Inland Waterways Users Board (Board). Date: August 13, 2013. Location: Meeting at The Brown Hotel, 335 West Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, at 502-583-1234 or 888-888-5252, or BrownHotel.com. Time: Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting is scheduled to adjourn at approximately 1:00 p.m. Agenda: The agenda will include the status of funding for inland navigation projects and studies, the status of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and 2014, update of proposed water resources-related authorization bills, status of the Olmsted Locks and Dam Project, an update of the Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS) Levels of Service and status of the Inland Waterways System.
Reservoirs at Headwaters of the Mississippi River; Use and Administration
Document Number: 2013-16877
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-07-15
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to amend the rules regarding use and administration of the reservoirs at the headwaters of the Mississippi River by deleting from the Code of Federal Regulations all references to minimum discharges and to operating limits for the reservoirs. Following extensive public input and environmental review, the St. Paul District of the Corps of Engineers recently adopted an updated operating plan for the Mississippi River Headwaters reservoirs containing minimum flow values that differ from those currently codified in the Code of Federal Regulations. Deleting all references to minimum flows in the regulations will eliminate the current discrepancy between the regulations and the approved operating plan for the reservoirs. The operating limits are also contained in the operating plan for the reservoirs, and eliminating both the minimum flow values and the operating limits from the rule will make it unnecessary to amend the regulations each time the values are modified in the operating plan in the future.
Withdrawal Of Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Federal Flood Control Project For Hunting Bayou, Harris County, TX
Document Number: 2013-16030
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-03
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Galveston District, is issuing this notice to advise Federal, state, and local government agencies and the public that the Corps is withdrawing its Notice of Intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the reformulation of a new flood damage reduction plan for the Hunting Bayou watershed in Houston, Harris County, TX.
Notice of Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Reaches 8, 9, and 10 Comprehensive Shoreline Stabilization Project in Palm Beach County, Florida
Document Number: 2013-16027
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-03
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Jacksonville District, has received two permit applications for Department of the Army permits under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403) Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) (33 U.S.C. 1344) from the Town of Palm Beach (Town) and Palm Beach County (County) to discharge fill in Waters of the United States for the purpose of shoreline stabilization. The two projects being considered and their Department of the Army file numbers are the Town of Palm BeachReach 8 South (SAJ-2005-07908) and the Palm Beach CountyCentral Palm Beach County Comprehensive Erosion Control (SAJ-2008-04086). The projects overlap (i.e. had proposed the discharge of fill in the same location) along approximately 2,000 linear feet from approximately R-132 to R-134 (see Location for further information) when initially submitted and now abut one another. The Corps determined that the proposed beach nourishment projects are connected actions and is evaluating the environmental effects of these connected actions together. The primary Federal involvement associated with the Proposed Activities is the discharge of fill within Waters of the United States and the construction of low profile groins within Navigable Waters of the United States. The proposed project site is a beach situated directly adjacent to extensive hardbottom resources and experiences year-round recreational usage. The Proposed Activities may result in localized shoreline accretion or erosion on the adjacent beach segments and potential adverse effects on federally listed species. Issuance of Federal authorizations for the Proposed Activities would constitute a ``Major Federal Action.'' The Corps is preparing an EIS in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to identify and assess the effects of the Proposed Action and its alternatives, including the No Action Alternative, in order to provide a basis for rendering an informed decision on the proposed project. The Corps' decision will be to either issue, issue with modifications, or deny Department of the Army permits for the Proposed Action. The Draft EIS (DEIS) is intended to be sufficient in scope to address federal, state, and local requirements and environmental issues concerning the Proposed Action and permit reviews.
Pacific Ocean Off the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Island of Kauai, Hawaii; Danger Zone
Document Number: 2013-15669
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-07-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Corps of Engineers is proposing to amend an existing danger zone in waters of the Pacific Ocean off the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Island of Kauai, Hawaii. The U.S. Navy conducts missile defense activities, test missile launches, and training activities at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. The proposed amendment is necessary to protect the public from hazards associated with missile launch operations, training activities, and increased threat conditions. The proposed amendment would expand the existing danger zone and would prohibit any activity by the public within the danger zone without first obtaining permission from the Commanding Officer, Pacific Missile Range Facility, to ensure public safety and/or installation good order during range operations, weapon system testing, training activities, increases in force protection and other mission essential evolutions. The expanded danger zone would extend along approximately seven miles of shoreline adjacent to the Pacific Missile Range Facility, with its seaward extent ranging between 2.96 and 4.16 nautical miles offshore.
North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study
Document Number: 2013-14561
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-19
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Congressional response to the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy included a mandate to collaborate with federal, state, tribal and local government agencies to regionally address the vulnerability of coastal populations at risk within the boundaries of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) North Atlantic Division. The goals of the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study authorized under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, Public Law 113-2, are to (1) reduce flood risk to vulnerable coastal populations, and (2) promote coastal resilient communities to ensure a sustainable and robust coastal landscape system, considering future sea-level rise and climate change scenarios. In addition, the Comprehensive Study will identify activities warranting further analysis and institutional barriers to comprehensive implementation. A draft of the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study will be available for public review and comment in early 2014 and a final report is due to Congress in January 2015. The study will identify those areas warranting more detailed evaluations; however, USACE is not authorized to develop designs or implement such projects at this time. Although potential environmental impacts will be generally evaluated, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance processes will not be completed due to the scale of the study. Full NEPA and other environmental compliance would be required as part of future detailed evaluations before any actions could be implemented.
Proposed Reductions in Levels of Service at Locks and Dams on the J Bennett Johnston Waterway (Red River)
Document Number: 2013-13379
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-06
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
It is proposed that the hours of availability at Lindy C. Boggs and John H. Overton Locks on the J Bennett Johnston Waterway (Red River) will remain at the current schedule of 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. It is also proposed that the hours of availability at Lock 3, Russell B. Long, and Joe D. Waggonner locks will be reduced from the current schedule of 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year, to 20 hours per day, as operated by the contractor, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. The Inland Marine Transportation System Level of Service Guidelines led to the reduced hours of operation for Lock 3, Russell B. Long, and Joe D. Waggonner locks. The intended effect is to provide lock availability that matches existing lock usage. Pool levels will not be affected by change of operating hours.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Arctic Deep Draft Ports Navigation Improvements Feasibility Study
Document Number: 2013-11850
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announces its intention to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study the feasibility of improving the navigation infrastructure in the vicinity of Norton Sound and the Bering Strait with a focus on existing infrastructure at Nome, possible infrastructure at Cape Riley near Teller, and improved infrastructure at Point Spencer at Port Clarence, Alaska. This study will be performed through a partnership between USACE and the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation. The existing infrastructure in this region of Alaska is presently not capable of meeting existing or anticipated navigation demands for multinational, Federal, state, and local interests. Of particular concern in this region is the ability to provide a systematic approach to meeting navigation requirements in this region in response to a changing climate and thus an increasing need for environmentally and responsibly planned infrastructure. The EIS will address the potential for positive and negative environmental impacts of construction, operation, and maintenance of marine infrastructure serving the Norton Sound and Bering Strait region. USACE will hold scoping meetings in Nome and Teller, Alaska, in an effort to better define the issues associated with navigation in this region of Alaska. Teleconferencing or VTC will be set up as available to accommodate stakeholders unable to be present at the scoping meetings. Scoping will be ongoing throughout the feasibility study process.
East Bay, St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf of Mexico at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida; Restricted Areas
Document Number: 2013-11060
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-09
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to amend its regulations by revising an existing restricted area regulation and establishing six new restricted areas along the Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) facility shoreline. Tyndall AFB is surrounded on three sides by water with approximately 129 miles of unprotected coastline. This includes several areas where the lack of security or lack of restriction on access to these areas leaves Tyndall AFB personnel and resources vulnerable to unauthorized activities. This amendment is necessary to implement an enhanced security plan for Tyndall AFB, which includes four new permanent restricted areas and the ability to activate two additional restricted areas as local and national intelligence threat evaluations dictate.
Modification of Permit Application and Intent for Additional Public Scoping for an Environmental Impact Statement for the Port of Gulfport Expansion Project, Harrison County, Mississippi (Department of the Army Permit Number SAM-2009-1768-DMY)
Document Number: 2013-11038
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-09
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District (USACE) announces a modification to a project proposed by the Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA) for which an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS. The proposed port expansion project involves impacting up to 200 acres of open-water bottom in the Mississippi Sound from the construction of wharfs, bulkheads, terminal facilities, container storage areas, intermodal container transfer facilities, dredging and dredged material disposal and infrastructure, and construction of a breakwater of approximately 4,000 linear feet. The recently received permit application modification proposes additional dredging and dredged material placement to modify the Gulfport Harbor Federal Navigation Channel (FNC) for a length of approximately 20 miles from the current federally authorized dimensions. The federally authorized turning basin would also be modified, as would the proposed turning basin expansion. The proposed project will include modifications to the authorized FNC and other navigation features to support a navigable channel depth of up to 47 feet in the Mississippi Sound and 49 feet in the Bar Channel plus advance maintenance and allowable over depth requirements. Modification to navigation features adjacent to the port facilities include deepening the existing Federal turning basin area and port berthing areas, a turning basin expansion, and new berthing areas. Widening the channel may be requested based on results of planned ship simulations. Final channel design and associated environmental impacts will be addressed during the permitting and EIS process. The EIS will evaluate the effects of construction and long term effects of the proposed expansion and channel modification, including placement of new work and maintenance dredged material in beneficial use sites or other placement areas, such as open water and ocean dredged material disposal sites. Alternatives to the proposed action will be evaluated in the EIS, which will assist the USACE in deciding whether to issue a Department of the Army permit. The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to inform and educate the public of changes to the proposed project; invite public participation in the EIS process; announce the plans for an additional public scoping meeting; solicit public comments for consideration in establishing the scope and content of the EIS; and provide notice of potential impacts to open-water benthic and other habitats potentially impacted by the project.
Pacific Ocean Off the Kekaha Range Facility at Barking Sands, Island of Kauai, Hawaii; Danger Zone
Document Number: 2013-11037
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-09
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Corps of Engineers is proposing to amend its regulations to establish a new danger zone in waters of the Pacific Ocean off the Kekaha Range Facility, Barking Sands, Island of Kauai, Hawaii. The proposed amendment is necessary for the Hawaii Army National Guard to continue small arms training operations at the Kekaha Range Facility and to protect the public from potentially hazardous conditions which may exist as a result of that use. The proposed amendment would prohibit, on an intermittent basis, vessels from entering a six mile wide section of the Pacific Ocean that narrows to a 0.7 mile wide section along the shoreline fronting the Kekaha Range Facility without first obtaining permission from the Commanding Officer of Kekaha Range Facility.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Conduct Scoping Meeting for the Berths 212-224 [YTI] Container Terminal Project at the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California (SPL-2013-0113-TS)
Document Number: 2013-07968
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-05
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The purpose of this notice is to initiate the scoping process for preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Los Angeles Harbor Department (LAHD) Berths 212-224 [YTI] Container Terminal Improvement Project.
Revised Notice of Intent To Prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Southport Sacramento River Early Implementation Project, West Sacramento, CA
Document Number: 2013-05928
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-15
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
This notice is a revision of the Notice of Intent published August 26, 2011 (76 FR 53423). Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) under Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (as amended) (33 U.S.C. 408), and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344), for the proposed Southport Sacramento River Early Implementation Project (EIP), sponsored by the West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA). Figures of the project area can be viewed at http://www.cityofwestsacramento.org/city/flood. WSAFCA is planning the Southport Sacramento River EIP to implement flood-risk management measures along the Sacramento River South Levee in the City of West Sacramento, Yolo County, CA. Since publication of the 2011 Notice of Intent, WSAFCA has expanded the study area to include additional potential soil borrow sites. Material from these borrow sites may be used as part of project construction. The potential construction area extends along the right (west) bank of the Sacramento River south of the Barge Canal downstream approximately 6 miles to the South Cross Levee, adjacent to the Southport community of West Sacramento. The potential soil borrow sites are located to the east and west of southern Jefferson Blvd.; adjacent to the construction area; immediately west of the Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel; and south of the South Cross Levee. In order to implement the project, the sponsor must receive permission from USACE to alter the Federal project under Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (as amended) (33 U.S.C. 408 or, Section 408). USACE also has authority under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344) over activities involving the discharge of dredged or fill material to waters of the United States, which are known to be in the project area. The project would bring the levee up to current Federal and state levee design standards, and provide some opportunities for ecosystem restoration and public recreation. USACE, acting as the federal lead agency under NEPA, and WSAFCA, acting as the state lead agency under the CEQA in coordination with the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, have determined that an EIS/EIR should be prepared to describe alternatives, potential environmental effects, and mitigation measures.
Notice of Open House-Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Revised Water Control Manuals for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin
Document Number: 2013-05416
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-08
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District (USACE), will conduct open house style meetings and accept comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the update of the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin (ACT) Water Control Master Manual (Master Manual). The public comment period began with the Notice of Availability published by the Environmental Protection Agency on March 1, 2013 and will end 60 days after that date. The open houses will be held at the times and places indicated in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Delta Wetlands Project in San Joaquin and Contra Costa Counties, CA, Corps Permit Application Number SPK-1901-09804
Document Number: 2013-04722
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-28
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
Delta Wetland Properties (Applicant) has applied for a Department of Army permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (R & H A) to develop two Reservoir Islands (Bacon Island and Webb Tract). Applications with the Department of Army under Section 404 of the CWA for the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States and under the Rivers and Harbors Act (RHA) Section 10 for activities within navigable waters were first filed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) in 1987. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued no-jeopardy Biological Opinions (BOs) for the project in May and June 2000. The Corps issued a Department of the Army Permit under CWA Section 404 (Permit 190109804) for the project on June 26, 2002. Permit 190109804 required that construction be completed by December 31, 2007. The applicant is applying for a new permit for the project because the previously issued permit has expired. The Corps has determined that a Supplement to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Delta Wetlands Project (prepared in 2001) is required. Delta Wetland Properties has applied for a new Department of the Army permit to fill approximately 2,156 acres of waters of the United States, including wetlands, to implement the project.
Board on Coastal Engineering Research
Document Number: 2013-04308
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-26
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
In accordance with Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), announcement is made of the following committee meeting: Name of Committee: Board on Coastal Engineering Research. Date of Meeting: March 18-19, 2013. Place: Conference Room, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory Field Research Facility, 1261 Duck Road, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (March 18, 2013). 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (March 19, 2013).
Intent To Prepare a Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Herbert Hoover Dike Major Rehabilitation Project and Dam Safety Modification Study, Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Martin, and Palm Beach Counties
Document Number: 2013-03482
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-15
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Major Rehabilitation Project and Dam Safety Modification Study. Herbert Hoover Dike is the 143 mile embankment surrounding Lake Okeechobee in south central Florida. A Dam Safety Modification Study has been initiated for the HHD and will be focused on a system wide risk reduction approach as required for safety modifications to dams. The purpose of the study is to identify risk reduction measures that can be implemented to reduce risks in the HHD system. On July 8 2005, the Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) and Record of Decision for the Major Rehabilitation actions proposed for Reach One of the HHD. Several additional EISs and Environmental Assessments (EAs) have been completed for Reach One of the HHD, including installation of a seepage cutoff wall. The EISs for Reach 1A, Reach 1B, 1C, and 1D, and Reaches 2 and 3 have been retracted by notice in the Federal Register on February 5, 2013 (78 FR 8118- 8119). Most recently, an EA was completed in January 2012 evaluating impacts of an Alternative Rehabilitation Plan pilot test. The purpose of this pilot test, to be constructed in the southern portion of the HHD, is to seek lower cost solutions supporting the overall risk reduction strategy. Information gained from the pilot test will be used during the Dam Safety Modification Study.
South Dakota Task Force Meeting
Document Number: 2013-02872
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-12
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The duties of the Task Force are to prepare and approve a plan for the use of the funds made available under the Missouri River Restoration Act of 2000 (Title IX) to promote conservation practices in the Missouri River watershed, control and remove sediment from the Missouri River, protect recreation on the Missouri River from sedimentation, and protect Indian and non-Indian historical and cultural sites along the Missouri River from erosion.
Cancellation of the Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Reach 1B, C, and D on the Herbert Hoover Dike Major Rehabilitation Project, Martin and Palm Beach Counties
Document Number: 2013-02460
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-05
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) hereby cancels its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for Reach 1B, C, and D on the HHD Major Rehabilitation Project, as published in the Federal Register, July 28, 2009 (74 FR 37190). The cancellation of the subject SEIS is necessitated due to a change in scope of the rehabilitation project. The initial focus of the HHD Major Rehabilitation Report (MRR) from 2000 divided the 143 miles dike into eight Reaches with the initial focus on Reach 1. This Reach by Reach approach is being replaced with a system-wide risk reduction approach as required for safety modifications to dams.
Cancellation of the Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Reach 1A on the Herbert Hoover Dike Major Rehabilitation Project, Martin and Palm Beach Counties
Document Number: 2013-02459
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-05
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) hereby cancels its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for Reach 1A on the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Major Rehabilitation Project, as published in the Federal Register, March 9, 2009 (74 FR 10038). The USACE issued a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft SEIS on June 25, 2010 (75 FR 36386). A public meeting was held in Canal Point on July 22, 2010 to present the Draft SEIS. The cancellation of the subject SEIS is necessitated due to a change in scope of the rehabilitation project. The initial focus of the HHD Major Rehabilitation Report (MRR) from 2000 divided the 143 miles dike into eight Reaches with the initial focus on Reach 1. This Reach by Reach approach is being replaced with a system-wide risk reduction approach as required for safety modifications to dams.
Cancellation of the Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Reaches 2 and 3 on the Herbert Hoover Dike Major Rehabilitation Project, Palm Beach and Glades Counties, FL
Document Number: 2013-02458
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-05
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) hereby cancels its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for Reaches 2 and 3 on the HHD Major Rehabilitation Project, as published in the Federal Register, August 9, 2006 (71 FR 45539). The USACE issued an NOA for the Draft SEIS on December 22, 2006 (71 FR 77013). A public meeting was held in Clewiston on January 10, 2007 to present the Draft SEIS. The USACE issued a second NOI, published in the Federal Register, August 31, 2009 (74 FR 44828), due to a revision to the preferred alternative discussed and coordinated in the December 2006 Draft SEIS. The cancellation of the subject SEIS is necessitated due to a change in scope of the rehabilitation project. The initial focus of the HHD Major Rehabilitation Report (MRR) from 2000 divided the 143 miles dike into eight Reaches with the initial focus on Reach 1. This Reach by Reach approach is being replaced with a system wide risk reduction approach as required for safety modifications to dams.