Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

September 23, 2022

September 23, 2022 17:00PM

Coastal Coordination Advisory Committee



On January 10, 1997, the State of Texas received federal approval of the Coastal Management Program (CMP) (62 Federal Register pp. 1439 - 1440). Under federal law, federal agency activities and actions affecting the Texas coastal zone must be consistent with the CMP goals and policies identified in 31 TAC Chapter 501. Requests for federal consistency review were deemed administratively complete for the following project(s) during the period of September 5, 2022 to September 16, 2022.  As required by federal law, the public is given an opportunity to comment on the consistency of proposed activities in the coastal zone undertaken or authorized by federal agencies.  Pursuant to 31 TAC §§506.25, 506.32, and 506.41, the public comment period extends 30 days from the date published on the Texas General Land Office web site. The notice was published on the web site on Friday, September 23, 2022.  The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:

Applicant: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Location: The project site is located adjacent to Keith Lake, Johnson Lake, Shell Lake, Salt Lake, and Salt Bayou, approximately 6 miles south of Port Arthur, in Jefferson County, Texas.

Latitude & Longitude (NAD 83): 29.748748, - 94.003184

Project Description: The applicant proposes to beneficially use dredged material to restore approximately 1,951.02 acres of estuarine marsh in the JD Murphree Wildlife Management Area – Salt Bayou Unit. The restoration area will be comprised of nine separate cells. A perimeter berm will be created around each cell using borrow material mechanically dredged from the interior of the cell. Upon completion of cells, hydraulically dredged material will be beneficially placed to restore soil elevations within the cell to a level that will support emergent wetlands. The discharge of approximately 7,836,125 cubic yards of fill material into approximately 1,951 acres is necessary for the construction of the containment levees and training dikes, and to restore soil elevations within the cells.

Type of Application: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit application # SWG-2022-00162. This application will be reviewed pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.  Note: The consistency review for this project may be conducted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as part of its certification under §401 of the Clean Water Act.   

CMP Project No: 23-1015-F1

Further information on the applications listed above, including a copy of the consistency certifications or consistency determinations for inspection, may be obtained from the Texas General Land Office Public Information Officer at 1700 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701, or via email at pialegal@glo.texas.gov. Comments should be sent to the Texas General Land Office Coastal Management Program Coordinator at the above address or via email at federal.consistency@glo.texas.gov.


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