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Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Permit Application for Widening of Bayou Casotte and Lower Sound Channels of the Pascagoula Harbor Channel, in the Port of Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi
Document Number: 2011-23994
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-19
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Mobile District Regulatory Division announces its intent to prepare an EIS to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with widening the existing Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte Federal Channel segment of Pascagoula Harbor (the Project). The proposed Project is a 100-foot- widening of the Lower Sound and Bayou Casotte Legs of the Pascagoula Harbor Channel, as well as limited widening of the northern portion of the Horn Island Pass Channel to facilitate the transition between the two channel segments. The Corps is considering the Jackson County Port Authority/Port of Pascagoula (Port) application for a Department of the Army permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, and Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act. A joint public notice for the Section 10 permit (SAM-2011-00389-PAH) was issued by the Corps on April 15, 2011.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a Proposed Highway Between Bush, LA and I-12 in St. Tammany Parish, LA
Document Number: 2011-23085
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-09
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is issuing this notice to advise the public that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been completed and is available for review and comment.
Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Cordova Hills Project in Sacramento County, CA, Corps Permit Application Number SPK-2004-00116
Document Number: 2011-22392
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
In 2008, the Cordova Hills Ownership Group (applicant) submitted a Department of the Army permit application for the proposed Cordova Hills project. On June 18, 2008, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District (Corps) determined that the proposed project may result in significant impacts to the environment, and that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is necessary. A revised permit application was submitted by the applicant on March 15, 2011. The applicant proposes to implement a large-scale, mixed-use, mixed-density master planned community with an integrated university, neighborhood and regional commercial and residential uses and associated infrastructure. The proposed project consists of approximately: 1,000 acres of residential uses ranging from one dwelling unit per acre to 40 dwelling units per acres; 1,380,000 square feet of retail and commercial uses; 240 acres of private university campus; 635 acres of recreation areas, parks, natural avoided areas and open space corridors; 538 acres for on-site wetland and habitat avoidance, and; 18 miles of off-street/multi-use trails. The project site is approximately 2,688 acres and contains 89.106 acres of waters of the United States. The proposed project would involve the discharge of fill material into approximately 39.630 acres of waters of the United States, including vernal pools, seasonal wetlands, seeps, intermittent drainages, and stock ponds. The proposed project may also have have indirect impacts on other waters of the U.S.
Request for Comments on the Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Skagit River General Investigation Study (Previously Advertised as the Skagit River Flood Damage Reduction Study), Skagit County, WA
Document Number: 2011-22389
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The Corps of Engineers is extending the comment period for the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Skagit River General Investigation Study (previously advertised as the Skagit River Flood Damage Reduction Study), Skagit County, Washington. This extension will provide interested persons with additional time to prepare comments on the NOI.
Availability of the Proposed Report of the Chief of Engineers and the Final Joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report Within the City of San Clemente Extending 3,412 ft (1,040 m) From Linda Lane to T Street
Document Number: 2011-22386
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
This announces the availability of the Proposed Report of the Chief of Engineers and the Final Joint Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (FEIS/R) which analyzes the potential environmental effects associated with the proposed action and alternatives for providing shoreline protection to approximately 3,412 feet ([ft], 1,040 meters [m]) of the San Clemente shoreline from coastal storms. Maintaining the beach is needed to prevent the beach erosion that results from winter storms and to prevent damage to adjacent commuter and national defense rail line that runs along the beach through the City. In addition, the loss of sand at the beach would have an impact on City beachfront structures and beach recreation, which contributes to the local economy, and would reduce the ecological functioning of the sand beach/littoral zone.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Joint Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report for the Folsom Dam Modification Project, Approach Channel.
Document Number: 2011-22383
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The action being taken is the preparation of a joint supplemental environmental impact statement/environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) for the Folsom Dam Modification, Approach Channel Project. The EIS/EIR will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will serve as lead agency for compliance with NEPA, and the State of California Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) will serve as lead agency for compliance with CEQA. The Folsom Dam Modification Project, Approach Channel will evaluate alternatives, including a locally preferred plan, for providing dam safety and flood damage reduction at Folsom Dam located downstream from the confluence of the North and South Forks of the American River near the city of Folsom, California.
Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision on the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Mechanical and Artificial Creation and Maintenance of Emergent Sandbar Habitat in the Riverine Segments of the Upper Missouri River, Missouri River Basin, United States
Document Number: 2011-21894
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-26
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The District Commander of the Omaha District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has reviewed the ``Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the Mechanical and Artificial Creation and Maintenance of Emergent Sandbar Habitat (ESH) on the Riverine Segments of the Upper Missouri River'' and has made the decision to proceed with the implementation of an Adaptive Management Implementation Process (AMIP) (preferred alternative) with a construction ceiling of acres associated with Alternative 3.5. Specific details of the decision are captured in the Record of Decision (ROD) for this action. The ROD explains that the Corps will create and maintain ESH acres in the Fort Peck, Garrison, Fort Randall and Gavins Point River Segments, and the Lewis and Clark Lake Segment for the benefit of the Interior Population of the least tern (least tern) and the northern Great Plains piping plover (piping plover). The maximum potential acres of ESH to be created is approximately 4,370 acres total, with the following estimated maximum acres by reach: Fort Peck River, 565. Garrison River, 1,327. Fort Randall River, 212. Lewis & Clark Lake, 354. Gavins Point River, 1,913. The AMIP alternative best supports the needs of the birds while providing flexibility in program implementation that will help minimize environmental impacts as well as costs.
Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Larose to Golden Meadow Hurricane Protection Project, Post-Authorization Change Study, in Lafourche Parish, LA
Document Number: 2011-21881
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-26
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) intends to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the Larose to Golden Meadow Hurricane Protection Project, Post-Authorization Change (PAC) Study. This project was originally authorized in 1965. Construction began in 1972 and is still underway. The PAC Study was initiated to identify and evaluate modifications needed to ensure that completion of project features, designed and constructed before development of the post-Katrina Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) Design Guidelines, are in compliance with these new guidelines. The subject SEIS will supplement the original environmental impact statement (EIS) prepared for the project as authorized in 1965. The Statement of Findings for the original EIS was signed on April 4, 1975. An SEIS was subsequently prepared to address proposed modifications to the authorized plan. The Record of Decision for this first SEIS was signed on May 20, 1985.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Section 408 Permission for the Southport Sacramento River Early Implementation Project, West Sacramento, CA
Document Number: 2011-21878
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-26
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
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) intends to prepare 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 reduction measures along the Sacramento River South Levee in the City of West Sacramento, Yolo County, CA. The project reach extends along the right bank of the Sacramento River south of the barge canal, downstream approximately 6.4 miles to the South Cross Levee, protecting the Southport community of West Sacramento. The 3.3-square mile study area encompasses the area of levee improvement along the river corridor and the potential soil borrow sites. In order to implement the project, the sponsor must acquire 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 standard with Federal and state flood protection criteria, as well as providing 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 Availability for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for a Permit Application for the Proposed Salton Sea Species Conservation Habitat Project at the Salton Sea, in Imperial County, CA
Document Number: 2011-21239
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-19
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District (Regulatory Division), in coordination with the California Natural Resources Agency, has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Salton Sea Species Conservation Habitat (SCH) Project. The Natural Resources Agency is requesting a permit from the Corps of Engineers to discharge dredged or fill material into the Salton Sea, a water of the United States subject to the Corps jurisdiction under section 404 of the Clean Water Act, including permanent impacts up to 24 acres and temporary impacts up to 1,760 acres for the construction of up to 3,770 acres of shallow ponds and associated infrastructure at the southern end of the Salton Sea in Imperial County, California. Compared to existing conditions, the SCH Project would result in a net increase in the extent of jurisdictional aquatic resources by up to 1,986 acres because the ponds would restore such resources located between elevation -228 feet and -231 feet previously lost by the receding Sea. Draft EIS/EIR Comment Process. In an effort to follow sustainable business practices, the Draft EIS/EIR can be downloaded in electronic format from the Natural Resources AgencyDepartment of Water Resources' Web site: http://www.water.ca.gov/ saltonsea/. A hardcopy of the Draft EIS/EIR and documents referenced in the Draft EIS/EIR can be viewed at the following location: California Department of Fish and Game, 78078 Country Club Drive, Suite 109, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203. In addition, the hardcopy Draft EIS/EIR can be viewed at the following public locations: Brawley Public Library, 400 Main Street, Brawley, CA 92227; Calipatria Public Library, 225 West Main Street, Calipatria, CA 92233; Imperial Public Library, 200 West 9th Street, Imperial, CA 92251; El Centro Public Library, 375 South 1st Street, El Centro, CA 92243; Imperial County Free Library, 2098 Frontage Road, Salton City, CA 92275; Mecca-North Shore Public Library, 91-260 Avenue 66, Mecca, CA 92254; and Coachella Branch Library, 1538 7th Street, Coachella, CA 92236. The Corps and the Natural Resources Agency invites interested parties to attend one of the jointly held public hearings to provide the agencies with their views and comments on the Draft EIS/EIR. Comments on the content of the Draft EIS/EIR by Federal, State, and local agencies, affected Indian tribes, and other interested organizations and persons are encouraged and will be considered by the Corps and the Natural Resources Agency and become part of the administrative record for the Corps' decision. The public hearings will be held at: 1. CalipatriaSeptember 14, 2011 at 1 P.M. at the Calipatria Inn and Suites, 700 North Sorenson Avenue, Calipatria, CA 92233. 2. BrawleySeptember 14, 2011 at 6 P.M. at Elks Lodge 1420, 161 South Plaza, Brawley, CA 92227. 3. Palm Desert September 15, 2011 at 1 P.M. at the University of California, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Room B200, Palm Desert, CA 92211. In order for the Corps and the Natural Resources Agency to more accurately process and respond to comments, an online e-form is provided on the Natural Resources AgencyDepartment of Water Resources' Web site http://www.water.ca.gov/saltonsea/ and is the preferred method of receiving comments from interested parties. Alternatively, written comment letters can be provided directly to Ms. Lanika Cervantes or Mr. David Elms at the addresses listed below.
Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a Study on the Feasibility of Deepening Charleston Harbor
Document Number: 2011-20518
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-12
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Charleston District, intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Study (Post-45 study). The purpose of this DEIS and feasibility study is to investigate modification of the existing Charleston Harbor project in the interest of navigation improvements.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Skagit River General Investigation Study (Previously Advertised as the Skagit River Flood Damage Reduction Study), Skagit County, WA
Document Number: 2011-19208
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-29
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, for a proposed flood-risk management project in the Skagit River Basin from Ross Dam to the river mouth at Skagit Bay. This study was requested by Skagit County, Washington, because of the potential for significant flooding on the Skagit River. A DEIS is being prepared because of the potential for impacts on environmental resources, particularly salmonid habitat, and the intense public interest already demonstrated in addressing the flooding problems of the Skagit River. The Skagit River General Investigation (GI) DEIS for the Skagit River Basin is being conducted under the authority of Section 209 of the Flood Control Act of 1962, Public Law 87-874. That section authorized a comprehensive study of Puget Sound, Washington, and adjacent waters including tributaries, in the interest of flood control, navigation, and other water uses and related land resources. This notice of intent (NOI) was originally published in the Federal Register on November 20, 1997 for the Skagit River Flood Damage Reduction Study (62 FR 62019). A public meeting was held and comments were solicited from the public. Due to the amount of time that has lapsed since the issuance of the original NOI, USACE is reissuing the NOI.
Termination of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed Regional Watershed Supply Project in Wyoming and Colorado
Document Number: 2011-18523
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-22
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, Regulatory Branch is notifying interested parties that it has terminated the process to develop a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and has withdrawn the Section 404 Clean Water Act permit application for the proposed `Regional Watershed Supply Project' submitted in 2008 by a private water development entity known as Million Conservation Resource Group (MCRG). The original Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS was published in the Federal Register on Friday, March 20, 2009 (74 FR 11920), with subsequent amended announcements on May 8, 2009 (74 FR 21665) and August 11, 2009 (74 FR 40171).
EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Guidance Regarding Identification of Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act
Document Number: 2011-16617
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-05
Agency: Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
On May 2, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) announced availability of draft guidance (76 FR 24479) that describes how the agencies will identify waters protected by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (Clean Water Act or CWA or Act) and implement the Supreme Court's decisions on this topic (i.e., Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC) (531 U.S. 159 (2001)) and Rapanos v. United States (547 U.S. 715 (2006)) (Rapanos)). The comment period was originally set to expire on July 1, 2011, and the agencies are extending the public comment period by 30 days.
Process To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Foothills West Transportation Access Project
Document Number: 2011-16543
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
In the May 20, 2011 issue of the Federal Register (76 FR 98:29218-29219), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published its intent to prepare a DEIS to identify and analyze the potential impacts associated with the proposed Foothills West Transportation Access Project (Foothills Project). In that notice, the Corps stated the scoping comment period was to end on July 5, 2011. Instructions for submitting comments are provided in the May 20, 2011, Federal Register notice. In response to several requests, the Corps has decided to extend the initial scoping comment period to July 26, 2011.
Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Currituck Sound Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study
Document Number: 2011-16292
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-29
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Currituck Sound Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. The feasibility study is a cost-shared effort, being conducted in partnership with the North Carolina Division of Water Resources (NCDWR), to recommend Federal actions for ecosystem restoration in Currituck Sound. The study is taking a watershed perspective to develop and evaluate alternatives to restore and enhance ecosystem resources in a holistic, collaborative manner, and to ensure full participation of all stakeholders. Significant environmental resources to be addressed during project studies and in the DEIS include, but are not limited to: (1) Endangered and threatened species; (2) Marine and estuarine resources; (3) Fish and wildlife and their habitats, including essential fish habitat; (4) Water quality; (5) Socioeconomic resources; and (6) Cultural resources. Efforts will be made to enhance resource conditions and minimize adverse impacts. The lead Federal agency for this study is the USACE, Wilmington District. As stated above, the NCDWR is the lead State agency and a full cost-sharing partner in the conduct of this study. The DEIS is being prepared in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and will address the relationship of the proposed action to all other applicable Federal and State Laws and Executive Orders. The DEIS is currently scheduled for distribution to the public February 2012.
Board on Coastal Engineering Research
Document Number: 2011-15901
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-24
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
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: July 26-28, 2011. Place: Crowne Jewel Ballroom, Sheraton At The Falls, 300 Third Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303. Time: 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (July 26, 2011); 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (July 27, 2011); 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (July 28, 2011).
Archers Creek, Ribbon Creek, and Broad River; U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC; Danger Zone
Document Number: 2011-15091
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-17
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to amend its regulations for two existing danger zones that are located adjacent to the rifle range and pistol range at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina. These danger zones were established in the 1960s. The proposed amendments include reformatting the existing regulations for clarity, modifying the boundaries of the danger zones, and modifying the hours of range operations from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. These amendments will enhance the ability of the U.S. Marine Corps to provide for the safe operation of the existing rifle and pistol ranges.
Notice of Intent to Grant Partially Exclusive License of the United States Patent Application No. 12/365,698, “Reusable Sample Holding Device Permitting Ready Loading of Very Small Wet Samples,” Filed Feb 4, 2009
Document Number: 2011-15084
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-17
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
In accordance with 37 CFR 404.7(a) (1) (i), announcement is made of a prospective partially exclusive license of the following U.S. Patent Application 12/365,698 Filed February 04, 2009 (published on Aug. 5, 2010 with Pub. No. US 2010/0193398 A1) to Hummingbird Scientific, Inc for achieving commercial sales of a reusable sample holding device permitting ready loading of very small wet samples for use with high resolution imaging systems of various types, to include those requiring a vacuum environment.
Notice of Availability of a Final General Conformity Determination and Record of Decision for the San Pedro Waterfront Project, Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA
Document Number: 2011-14587
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-13
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
In September 2009, the Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Los Angeles Harbor Department published a joint final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR), including the Corps' draft general conformity determination (Section 3.2 and Appendix D.7), for the Federal action associated with the San Pedro Waterfront Project (Project) in the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. Comments were received on the final EIS/EIR and included draft general conformity determination until October 29, 2009. A general conformity determination was necessary because Project construction would require Federal action (i.e., issuance of a Corps permit for work and structures in and over navigable waters, discharges of fill into waters of the U.S., and transport and disposal of dredged material in ocean waters) and not all the Federal action's direct and indirect emissions would be below specified de minimis thresholds (40 CFR 93.153(b)). On May 9, 2011 and May 11, 2011, the Corps made a final general conformity determination and completed its environmental review and executed the Record of Decision (ROD), respectively, for the Federal action associated with the Project. The Corps considered and responded to all comments received in making the final general conformity determination and executing the ROD. The public can request copies of the final general conformity determination document or the ROD from the Corps at the address listed below, or can view or download the final general conformity determination document from the Corps' Web site (http:// www.spl.usace.army.mil/regulatory/POLA.htm, scroll down to the link under San Pedro Waterfront [formerly Bridge to Breakwater]) or the Port of Los Angeles' Web site (http://www.portoflosangeles.org/environment/ public_notices.asp, scroll down to link under San Pedro Waterfront Project). In addition, copies of the final general conformity document are available for review during the next 30 days at the following libraries: L.A. Public Library, Central Branch, 630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles California; L.A. Public Library, San Pedro Branch, 931 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, California; and L.A. Public Library, Wilmington Branch, 1300 North Avalon, Wilmington, California.
Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Kennecott Utah Copper LLC Tailings Expansion Project, Near Magna, Salt Lake County, UT, Permit Application Number SPK-2009-1213
Document Number: 2011-14560
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-13
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District (Corps), will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Kennecott Utah Copper Tailings Expansion Project, an expansion of an active commercial mining operation near Magna, Salt Lake County, UT. Kennecott Utah Copper LLC (KUC) has applied for a Department of the Army (DA) permit to fill approximately 721 acres of waters of the United States, including wetlands, to construct the project. The basic project purpose is surface mining. The overall project purpose is to increase tailings storage capacity for future mine life extensions.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the St. Lucie South Beach and Dune Restoration Project Located in St. Lucie County, Florida
Document Number: 2011-13836
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-03
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is issuing this notice to advise the public that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been completed and is available for review and comment.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Combined Operational Plan, Miami-Dade County, FL
Document Number: 2011-13348
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Combined Operational Plan (COP) is an integrated operational plan for Water Conservation Area 3 (WCA-3), Everglades National Park (ENP) and the South Dade Conveyance System (SDCS), that includes the completed modifications of the Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) Project as described by the Modified Waters Deliveries to Everglades National Park and the Canal-111 South Dade (C-111SD) projects. The purpose of COP is to define water management operations for the completed MWD and C-111SD projects that are consistent with their respective project purposes as defined by their authorizing legislation and further refined by their respective general design memorandum (GDM) and general reevaluation report (GRR). This integrated operational plan will complete the MWD project.
Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Folsom South of U.S. Highway 50 Specific Plan Project, in Sacramento County, CA, Corps Permit Application No. SPK-2007-02159
Document Number: 2011-13050
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-26
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 (USACE), Sacramento District has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Folsom South of U.S. Highway 50 Specific Plan Project, a proposed master-planned, mixed use development within southeastern Sacramento County. On July 2, 2010, USACE published a notice in the Federal Register (75 FR 38500), informing the public of the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that analyzes the potential effects of implementing each of six (6) on-site land-use and eleven (11) off-site water supply alternative scenarios for a mixed-use development in the approximately 3,502-acre Folsom South of U.S. Highway 50 Specific Plan Project Area. The FEIS has been prepared to respond to comments received from agencies, organizations, and members of the public on the 2010 DEIS, and to present corrections, revisions, and other clarifications and amplifications of the 2010 DEIS, including minor project modifications made in response to these comments and as a result of the applicants' ongoing planning efforts. The FEIS has been prepared as joint documents with the City of Folsom (City). The City is the local agency responsible for preparing an Environmental Impact Report in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The USACE is the lead Federal agency responsible for the FEIS and information contained in the DEIS and FEIS serves as the basis for a decision regarding issuance of an individual permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. It also provides information for Federal, state and local agencies having jurisdictional responsibility for affected resources. All incoming comments on the FEIS will be considered by USACE and responses will be provided for substantive issues raised which have not been addressed in the DEIS or FEIS.
Withdrawal of Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Project, Virginia & Maryland
Document Number: 2011-12916
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-25
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Baltimore and Norfolk Districts published a notice of intent (NOI) (74 FR 47927) for the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery, MD and VA study on September 18, 2009. That NOI announced that the Corps Baltimore and Norfolk Districts would prepare a single, integrated Native Oyster Restoration Master Plan (master plan) and programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for native oyster recovery in the entire Chesapeake Bay (inclusive of both Maryland and Virginia) and that the document would be tiered to the Programmatic EIS for Oyster Restoration in Chesapeake Bay Including the Use of a Native and/or Nonnative Oyster. In August 2009, the record of decision for Oyster Restoration in Chesapeake Bay including the Use of a Native and/or Non-Native Species was signed. The preferred alternative identified in the 2009 PEIS recommends ``using a combination of alternatives that involves only the native Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica).'' Consistent with the preferred alternative, the Corps will expand upon and further develop plans and recommendations for Chesapeake Bay native oyster restoration in the master plan. However since the master plan will not be identifying site-specific construction areas for restoration and the larger issue of oyster restoration Bay-wide, has been reviewed, a PEIS for the master plan is no longer warranted. Therefore, the Corps is withdrawing its NOI to prepare a PEIS.
Public Scoping Meeting and Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement for Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project in Liberty County and Harris County, TX
Document Number: 2011-12912
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-25
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, has received a permit application for a Department of the Army Permit pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344) from the Coastal Water Authority (SWG-2009-00188) for the proposed Coastal Water Authority's Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project located in eastern Liberty County with the 26.5-mile corridor extending southwestward from the Trinity River to a discharge point near the confluence of Luce Bayou with Lake Houston. The primary Federal involvement associated with the proposed action is the discharge or dredged or fill material into waters of the United States, including jurisdictional wetlands, and the construction of structures that may affect navigable waters. 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 Statement (EIS) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act to render a final decision on the permit applications. The Corps' decision will be to either issue, issue with modification or deny Department of the Army permits for the proposed action. The EIS will assess the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of the construction and operation of the interbasin conveyance, associated facilities, and appurtenances and is intended to be sufficient in scope to address Federal, State and local requirements, environmental issues concerning the proposed action, and permit reviews.
United States Navy Restricted Area, Menominee River, Marinette Marine Corporation Shipyard, Marinette, WI
Document Number: 2011-12816
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-05-24
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is amending its regulations to establish a restricted area in the waters of the Menominee River at the Marinette Marine Corporation Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The restricted area is necessary to provide adequate protection of U.S. Navy combat vessels, their materials, equipment to be installed therein, and crew, while located at the property of Marinette Marine Corporation.
Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement To Consider Issuance of a Department of the Army Permit Pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the Sabine Mining Company's Proposal To Construct, Operate, and Reclaim the Rusk Permit Area, Rusk, Panola, and Harrison Counties, TX (USACE Project No. SWF-2007-00560)
Document Number: 2011-12512
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
In accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fort Worth District has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). This FEIS evaluates project alternatives and potential impacts to the natural, physical and human environment as a result of the Sabine Mining Company's proposal to construct, operate and reclaim the Rusk Permit Area. The USACE regulates this proposed project pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The proposed activity would involve the discharge of dredged and fill material into waters of the United States associated with the proposed construction, operation and reclamation of the Rusk Permit Area.
Notice of Availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Mechanical and Artificial Creation and Maintenance of Emergent Sandbar Habitat in the Riverine Segments of the Upper Missouri River, Missouri River Basin, United States
Document Number: 2011-12511
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-20
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 intends to file a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (FPEIS) for the Mechanical and Artificial Creation and Maintenance of Emergent Sandbar Habitat on the Riverine Segments of the Upper Missouri River with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The FEIS is available for final public review. Details on the proposed action, location and areas of environmental concern addressed in the FPEIS are provided below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Notice of Intent To Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statements/Environmental Impact Reports for the Sutter Basin Feasibility Study and the Section 408 Permission for the Feather River West Levee Project, Sutter and Butte Counties, CA
Document Number: 2011-12510
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
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) intends to prepare a separate Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for each of the following related flood risk management study efforts in north-central California: a Feasibility Study of flood risk management and related water resources problems in the Sutter Basin conducted by USACE under the authority of the Flood Control Act of 1962 (Pub. L. 87-874); and 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), the proposed Feather River West Levee Project (FRWLP), sponsored by the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) as a locally driven flood management improvement project. The two projects are being studied in close coordination because they partially overlap in their study areas, purpose, potential improvements, potential effects, and involved parties. Therefore, a joint scoping process is being conducted for the two projects to explain the relationship between the two efforts and obtain public input in a manner that is convenient, efficient, and integrated. Figures of the two project areas can be viewed at the SBFCA Web site at: http://www.sutterbutteflood.org/index.php/noticesdocuments. Sutter Basin Feasibility Study. On March 20, 2000, the State of California entered into a feasibility cost-sharing agreement (FCSA) with USACE to initiate a feasibility study. An amendment to the FCSA was signed in 2010, which included SBFCA as a non-Federal sponsor. The purpose of the study is to address flood risk, ecosystem restoration and recreation-related issues in the study area. If a Federal interest is determined, the study would result in a decision document, a General Investigation Feasibility Study report and EIS/EIR, which would be the basis for a recommendation to Congress for authorization. The Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) and SBFCA are coordinating with USACE on the feasibility study. USACE, as the Federal lead agency under NEPA, and SBFCA, as the state lead agency under CEQA in coordination with CVFPB, have determined that an EIS/EIR will be prepared to describe alternatives, potential environmental effects, and mitigation measures. FRWLP. SBFCA is planning the FRWLP to construct improvements to the west levee of the Feather River from Thermalito Afterbay to the Sutter Bypass confluence to meet Federal, state, and local flood protection criteria and goals. In 2010, an assessment district was enacted to provide local funding toward flood management improvements. These funds may be matched with those from the Early Implementation Program (funded through previous state bonds) administered by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). In order to implement the project, the sponsor must acquire 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 purpose of the FRWLP would be to construct improvements as quickly as possible in advance of and compatible with the Sutter Basin Project. USACE, acting as the Federal lead agency under NEPA, and SBFCA, acting as the state lead agency under the CEQA in coordination with CVFPB, have determined that an EIS/EIR will be prepared to describe alternatives, potential environmental effects, and mitigation measures.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Foothills West Transportation Access Project
Document Number: 2011-12371
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Alaska District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to identify and analyze the potential impacts associated with the proposed Foothills West Transportation Access Project (Foothills Project). The Corps is the lead Federal agency; the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR) are participating as cooperating agencies in the DEIS development process. The Corps will be evaluating a permit application for work under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be used as a basis for the permit decision and to ensure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Proposed Authorization Under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit Program of U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Categorical Exclusions
Document Number: 2011-11831
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-13
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to authorize Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) approved categorical exclusions for recurring conservation, restoration, and survey related activities under Nationwide Permit 23 (NWP 23). The Corps is requesting comment on the appropriateness of including these NRCS categorical exclusions under nationwide permit authorization and any conditions or restrictions that should be added so that those categorically excluded activities can be verified by NWP 23 to permit discharges of dredged or fill material and/or structures or work in waters of the United States. These NRCS categorically excluded activities have been approved by Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and have been finalized by the NRCS.
Notice of Intent To Grant Partially Exclusive License of the United States Patent Application No. 12/243,708, Filed October 01, 2008 Entitled: “Biogenic Template for Enhanced Sorption of Contaminants”
Document Number: 2011-11634
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-12
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
In accordance with 37 CFR 404.7(a)(1)(i), announcement is made of a prospective partially exclusive license of the following U.S. Patent Application 12/243,708 Filed October 01, 2008 to Nereus Environmental LLC for use in soils and water remediation within the environmental remediation services industry.
Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Indianapolis, White River (North), IN, Flood Damage Reduction Project
Document Number: 2011-11347
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-10
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), Louisville District will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to disclose potential impacts to the natural, physical, and human environment resulting from implementation of alternatives formulated to address reliability risks associated with Indianapolis, White River (North), IN, Flood Damage Reduction Project. The currently authorized and partially completed project does not meet current performance standards nor does it provide the level of protection for which the project was authorized. A full array of alternatives will be formulated to meet the purpose and need of this study. After full consideration of all alternatives, the best plan will be selected to achieve acceptable risk levels.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Zoar Levee and Diversion Dam, Dam Safety Modification Study, Tuscarawas County, OH
Document Number: 2011-10867
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-04
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 an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to disclose potential impacts to the natural, physical, and human environment resulting from implementation of alternatives formulated to address reliability risks associated with Zoar Levee and Diversion Dam. These high hazard structures do not meet current performance standards and exceed acceptable risk levels. A full array of alternatives will be formulated to meet the purpose and need of this study. After full consideration of all alternatives, the best plan will be selected to achieve acceptable risk levels.
EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Guidance Regarding Identification of Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act
Document Number: 2011-10565
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-02
Agency: Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) are publishing for public comment proposed guidance that describes how the agencies will identify waters protected by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (Clean Water Act or CWA or Act) and implement the Supreme Court's decisions on this topic (i.e., Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC) (531 U.S. 159 (2001)) and Rapanos v. United States (547 U.S. 715 (2006)) (Rapanos)). The agencies believe that under this proposed guidance the number of waters identified as protected by the Clean Water Act will increase compared to current practice and this improvement will aid in protecting the Nation's public health and aquatic resources. The proposed guidance is consistent with the principles established by the Supreme Court cases and is supported by the agencies' scientific understanding of how waterbodies and watersheds function. In addition, the agencies believe that when the revised guidance is finalized and goes into effect, it will improve CWA program predictability and clarity regarding the scope of ``waters of the United States'' protected under the Act and that this improvement will have benefits for both the government and regulated parties. When finalized, this guidance would supersede previously issued guidance on this matter. This guidance will apply to all CWA programs, including section 303 water quality standards, section 311 oil spill prevention and response, section 401 water quality certification, section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits, and section 404 permits for discharges of dredged or fill material. The agencies seek public comment on all aspects of the proposed guidance, including interpretations and scientific underpinnings. In addition to this guidance, the agencies expect to propose revisions of existing regulations to further clarify which waters are subject to CWA jurisdiction, consistent with the Supreme Court's decisions. Public comment on any such revisions will be requested at the time they are proposed.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Update of the Shoreline Management Plan and Supplement to the Master Plan, Eufaula Lake, OK
Document Number: 2011-9902
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-25
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The purpose of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is to address alternatives and environmental impacts associated with an update of the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) and supplement to the Master Plan (MP), Eufaula Lake, Oklahoma. The EIS would likewise evaluate alternatives and environmental impacts associated with specific proposals for recreational development facilities on Federal lands at Eufaula Lake as identified through the SMP update and MP supplement process.
Withdrawal of Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for a Proposed 278 Megawatt Circulating Fluidized Bed Electric Generating Unit by East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc., in Clark County, KY
Document Number: 2011-9000
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-13
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) today withdraws its Notice of Intent (74 FR 48236, September 22, 2009) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for a proposed 278 megawatt circulating fluidized bed electric generating unit by East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc. (EKPC), in Clark County, Kentucky. EKPC withdrew its application for a Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act permit to construct the facility permit on December 3, 2010.
Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the `Īao Stream Flood Control Project, Wailuku, Maui, HI
Document Number: 2011-7735
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-08
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 (USACE) gives notice that a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared for the proposed action to correct a design deficiency in the existing `[Imacr]ao Stream Flood Control Project, Wailuku, Maui, HI. This effort is being proposed under Section 203 of the Flood Control Act of 1968 (Pub. L. 90-483) and is necessary to provide the authorized level of reduced flood risk to the town of Wailuku. The County of Maui, Department of Public Works (DPW) is the non-Federal sponsor and the lead agency for compliance with the Hawai`i law on Environmental Impact Statements.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed South Coast Rail Project, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of the Army Permit Application Number NAE-2007-00698
Document Number: 2011-7070
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-25
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 implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), the New England District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to evaluate a proposed establishment of public transportation service between Boston and the Cities of New Bedford and Fall River, MA. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT; formerly the Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works or EOT) has submitted an application for a Department of the Army permit to discharge fill material into waters of the United States (U.S.), ranging in area from approximately 10.3 to approximately 21.5 acres (depending on the alternative selected), including wetlands, incidental to the establishment of transportation infrastructure. The Notice of Intent for preparation of the DEIS was published in the Federal Register (73 FR 64927, October 31, 2008).
Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning Project, Honolulu, HI
Document Number: 2011-6426
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-18
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, Honolulu District has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to inform a decision on an application from Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning, LLC to construct a seawater air conditioning system (SWAC) at Kaka`ako on the south shore of O`ahu. The applicant's overall project purpose is to provide a renewable-energy air conditioning system for downtown Honolulu buildings. In order to obtain deep, cold seawater to chill fresh water that would circulate through the SWAC system and return it to the ocean after it has passed through onshore heat exchangers, the applicant proposes to construct intake and return pipelines in adjacent coastal waters. The proposed pipeline staging and installation sites are located within the navigable waters of the United States and the proposed activity is subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Proposed onshore improvements and upland infrastructure are briefly described to provide an overview of the project, but their impacts to terrestrial environmental resources are not a primary focus of the document. Of primary federal concern are potential effects of proposed in- water construction, including the discharge of fill material at the offshore pipeline receiving pit, and operation of the system on the quality of the human environment. The DEIS considers alternative cooling technologies, cooling station designs and locations, pipeline installation methods, diffuser location and depth, and intake design. It evaluates two alternatives involving different pipeline alignments. Identified environmental resources potentially affected include marine biota and habitat; water quality; navigation and other human use; noise; and air quality.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Port of Gulfport Expansion Project, Harrison County, MS (Department of the Army Permit Number SAM-2009-1768-DMY)
Document Number: 2011-5672
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-11
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District (USACE) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with the construction and operation of a project proposed by the Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA). As part of the NEPA process, the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will be a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has expressed interest in acting as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS. The proposed project as described in the application filed on March 17, 2010, proposed filling approximately 700 acres of open-water benthic habitat. Since submittal of the application, the proposed project footprint has been modified by the MSPA to reduce the overall potential fill required for implementation and to not include any impacts to the Gulfport Harbor Federal Navigation Channel or Turning Basin. The currently proposed project involves filling of up to 400 acres of open-water bottom in the Mississippi Sound, 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 proposed expanded port facility will be elevated 25 feet above sea level to provide protection against future tropical storm surge events. The EIS will evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed project, connected actions, and alternatives. The EIS will also assist the USACE in deciding whether to issue a Department of the Army permit. The purpose of this Notice of Intent (NOI) is to inform and educate the public of the proposed project; invite public participation in the EIS process; announce the plans for a 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 habitats.
Inland Waterways Users Board
Document Number: 2011-4499
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-01
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: April 1, 2011. Location: The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, 100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 at 504-566-7006 or 1-888-627-8180. Time: Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting is scheduled to adjourn at approximately 1 p.m. Agenda: The Board will be provided the status of the funding for inland navigation projects and studies and the status of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, the funding status for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 and the FY 2012 budget, consider the implementation of the Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS) Investment Strategy report recommendations, as well as be updated on the work being performed by the Hurricane Projection Office.
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Upper Machodoc Creek and the Potomac River, Dahlgren, VA; Danger Zone
Document Number: 2011-4280
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-25
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is amending its regulations for the existing danger zone in the vicinity of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, in King George County, Virginia. The amendment changes the description of the hazardous operations in the area, the hours of operation, and expands the boundaries of a portion of the danger zone. The amendment is necessary to protect the public from potentially hazardous conditions which may exist as a result of use of the areas by the United States Navy.
Restricted Area, Potomac River, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Quantico, VA
Document Number: 2011-4277
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-25
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of February 4, 2011 (76 FR 6327), establishing a restricted area in the waters of the Potomac River extending offshore from the Marine Corps Air Facility (MCAF) at Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCB Quantico), located in Quantico, Virginia.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Subsequent Environmental Impact Report for the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel
Document Number: 2011-4239
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-25
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Port of West Sacramento (Port) propose to reinitiate the previously authorized deepening from -30 feet mean lower low water (MLLW) to -35 feet MLLW and selective widening of the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel (SRDWSC). This project was partially completed in 1990, but was suspended due to lack of funding. The USACE is the lead agency for this project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Port is the lead agency for this project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Areawide Environmental Impact Statement for Phosphate Mining Affecting Waters of the United States in the Central Florida Phosphate District (CFPD)
Document Number: 2011-3738
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Jacksonville District, has received permit applications for Department of the Army permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) from phosphate mining companies in Central and Southwest Florida to discharge fill in Waters of the United States for the purpose of phosphate ore extraction (i.e., creation of new phosphate mines, expansions of existing mines, and construction of attendant facilities) within the CFPD. The three specific projects being considered, and their Department of the Army file numbers, are CF Industries' South Pasture Extension (SAJ-1993- 01395), Mosaic Fertilizer LLC's Four Corners Surface Tract (1995- 00794), and Mosaic Fertilizer LLC's Ona Mine (SAJ-1998-02067). The Corps has determined that, when viewed collectively, the separate proposed phosphate mining-related projects have similarities that provide a basis for evaluating their environmental consequences together in one comprehensive environmental impact statement. As part of the permit review process, the Corps is evaluating the environmental effects of these similar actions. The primary Federal involvement associated with the Proposed Action is the discharge of dredged or fill material into Waters of the United States, including jurisdictional wetlands. Issuance of Federal authorizations for the Proposed Activities would constitute a ``Major Federal Action.'' Based on the continued applications for expanded mining in the CFPD, the size of the project area, the CFPD characteristics, and the potential environmental impacts, both individually and cumulatively, of the Proposed Action, the Corps will prepare an Areawide Environmental Impact Statement (AEIS) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to render a final decision on the permit applications. The Corps' decision will be to either issue, issue with modifications, or deny Department of the Army permits for the Proposed Action. The Draft AEIS (DAEIS) is intended to be sufficient in scope to address Federal, State, and local requirements and environmental issues concerning the Proposed Action and permit reviews. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has agreed to be a cooperating agency on the study.
Proposal To Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits
Document Number: 2011-3371
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-16
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is soliciting comments for the reissuance of the existing nationwide permits (NWPs), general conditions, and definitions, with some modifications. The Corps is also proposing to issue two new NWPs and two new general conditions. The Corps is requesting comment on all aspects of these proposed nationwide permits. More specifically, the Corps is requesting comments on options for NWP 21, which authorizes discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States associated with surface coal mining activities, such as reissuing NWP 21 with modifications or not reissuing NWP 21. The Corps is also seeking comments on whether to reissue NWP 48 with modifications to authorize new commercial shellfish aquaculture activities or to issue a separate NWP to authorize only new commercial shellfish aquaculture activities. The reissuance process starts with today's publication of the proposed NWPs in the Federal Register for a 60-day comment period. The purpose of this Federal Register notice is to solicit comments on the proposed new and modified NWPs, as well as the NWP general conditions and definitions. Shortly after the publication of this Federal Register notice, each Corps district will publish a public notice to solicit comments on their proposed regional conditions for the new and modified NWPs. The comment period for these district public notices will be 45 days.
Notice of Information for Additional NEPA Public Scoping Meetings for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (“GLMRIS”)
Document Number: 2011-3221
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-14
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
In a November 16, 2010, Federal Register Notice (75 FR 69983), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District announced in a notice of intent that it will prepare a feasibility report and an environmental impact statement (EIS) for GLMRIS, and it will host a public scoping meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on December 15, 2010. In a December 8, 2010, Federal Register Notice (75 FR 76447), USACE announced the metropolitan locations where USACE would be hosting nine (9) additional public scoping meetings for GLMRIS but did not include specific meeting details. In a January 4, 2010, Federal Register Notice (76 FR 336), USACE announced the meeting details for the nine (9) additional public scoping meetings. The January 4, 2010 notice also announced USACE's intent to host two (2) additional public scoping meetings in Milwaukee, WI and New Orleans, LA, but it did not include meeting details. This notice announces the meeting details for these locations. This notice also announces the rescheduled meeting date and location for the Ann Arbor, MI public scoping meeting. USACE, in consultation with other federal agencies, Native American tribes, state agencies, local governments and non-governmental organizations, is conducting a feasibility study of the options and technologies that could be applied to prevent aquatic nuisance species (ANS) transfer between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins through aquatic pathways.
Restricted Area, Potomac River, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Quantico, VA
Document Number: 2011-2478
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-04
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 the Potomac River extending offshore from the Marine Corps Air Facility (MCAF) at Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCB Quantico), located in Quantico, Virginia. The restricted area will address current security needs at MCB Quantico, including the protection of military assets at MCAF which includes the Presidential Helicopter Squadron (HMX-1). The restricted area will also protect public health by preventing vessels from disturbing a planned environmental remediation area that is located to the northeast of MCAF.