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Greater Orlando Aviation Authority East Airfield

The ±1,342-acre GOAA project includes selection of the East Airfield as a large contiguous site at MCO for development of high and medium intensity aviation and aviation support facilities, medium intensity land uses, and related infrastructure; and the reduction of existing wildlife hazard attractants on the East Airfield site through removal of wetlands, non-storm water management surface waters and active wildlife hazard management.  While the site is proposed for development in the future, GOAA has a current need to maintain wildlife hazards, consistent with Federal Aviation Authority requirements, through implementation of their Wildlife Hazard Management Plan.

After performing a comprehensive alternatives analysis, the alternative proposing fill in 208.73 acres of waters of the United States (WoUS; 171.13 acres of wetlands and 37.6 acres of non-wetland waters) and 85 acres of wetland preservation has been determined to be the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative.  GOAA proposes to fully offset the functional loss of 208.73 acres of WoUS, by deducting 114.7 mitigation credits previously authorized by the Corps at the BRENSOLA site on the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Osceola County, Florida, within the same watershed (Upper Kissimmee River Basin) as the proposed discharge.  The BRENSOLA tracts are two of eight tracts which GOAA purchased and successfully completed enhancement, restoration, and preservation activities.  The tracts are within the Disney Wilderness Preserve, an 11,500 acre regionally significant mitigation project which includes the 8,480 acre Walker Ranch mitigation site.  Conservation of the mitigation site conserves larger, more sustainable tracts of land connected to the Kissimmee River and forms a significant part of that wildlife corridor.

 

All Aboard Florida, Phase II – Orlando to Miami, Florida Intercity Passenger Rail Project

 The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is a cooperating agency in Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed All Aboard Florida, Phase II – Orlando to Miami, Florida Intercity Passenger Rail Project (Project).  The FRA published a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Project in the Federal Register; on August 21, 2015.  Copies of the FEIS are available for public review online at FRA’s website http://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0819.  The FRA signed its Record of Decision (ROD) on December 15, 217.  Copies of FRA’s ROD are available at https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P1077.  The Corps used the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for its specific purposes of documentation under the National Environmental Policy Act.  The Crops reviewed the FEIS and determined that the applicant’s preferred alternative is the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative (LEDPA).  The Corps will issue permits to AAF for the permanent loss of 247.23 acres wetlands (163.51 acres of forested wetlands, 83.25 acres of herbaceous wetlands, 0.47 acres of estuarine (mangrove) wetlands).  AAF will mitigate the loss of wetland services through the purchase of federal credits at federally approved mitigation banks whose service area covers the Project.

 

 

Public Hearing Denial Letter for SAJ-2012-01564

Record of Decision (ROD) for SAJ-2012-01564

Permit for SAJ-2012-01564

SR 7 Extension 

East Lake Tohopekaliga Drawdown Environmental Impact Statement

Hanover Capital Partners - Vista Lakes

Central Florida Phosphate Mining

Final Area wide Environmental Impact Statement

      DA Permit for SAJ-2009-03221

Regional General Permit (RGP) SAJ-114

The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposes to issue Regional General Permit (RGP) SAJ-114 to authorize the discharge of dredged or fill material into non-tidal waters of the United States, including non-tidal wetlands, for the construction of residential, commercial, recreational and institutional projects, and their components, which comprise or are necessary for the construction, use and maintenance of such projects. The proposed RGP is limited to non-navigable and non-tidal waters, including non-tidal wetlands, which are located in the St. Andrews Bay and Choctawhatchee Bay Watersheds in western Bay and eastern Walton Counties, Florida.

Public Notice: A public notice concerning the proposed RGP issuance can be found here: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Public-Notices/

Public Meeting: A meeting jointly sponsored by the Corps and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be held on August 31, 2016, 5:00 to 6:00 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to present the proposed RGP and EMA to the interested public by presenting details of the RGP and EMA and to answer questions from the public. The location of the meeting is at the Panama City Beach City Council Meeting Room in City Hall at 110 South Arnold Road, Panama City Beach, Florida.

RGP and Exhibits:

Proposed Regional General Permit SAJ-114 - Exhibits 1 through 6 - Exhibits 7 through 13

Exhibits 14 through 20 - Exhibits 21 through 30 - Exhibits 31 through 34

Southeast Market Pipeline

Collectively, US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Jacksonville, Savannah, and Mobile Districts approved the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Southeast Markets Pipelines Project on August 5, 2016.  The ROD supports five separate permit decisions for the Hillabee Expansion, Sabal Trail, and Florida Southeast Connection Projects as proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco), Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC (Sabal Trail), and Florida Southeast Connection, LLC (FSC), respectively.  These are separate, but connected, natural gas transmission pipeline projects collectively referred to as the Southeast Market Pipelines (SMP) Project.  This project includes expanding the Transco Hillabee pipeline in Alabama and interconnecting it to the Sabal Trail pipeline in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.  The Sabal Trail pipeline traverses portions of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida to a new Central Florida Hub (CFH), located south of Orlando, Florida.  From the CFH the FSC pipeline continues to the Martin County Next Generation Clean Energy Center, to deliver natural gas to Florida Power and Light (FPL) customers.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was the lead Federal agency for preparing the December 2015 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the SMP Project.  The FERC FEIS is available HERE.  The Corps independently reviewed the FEIS and determined that the applicants’ preferred alternative, with the inclusion of three route variations, is the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative (LEDPA).  In total, the five permits will authorize temporary effects to 705 acres of wetlands, permanently convert 203 acres of forested wetlands to non-forested wetlands, and permanently eliminate 4 acres of wetlands.  The permits also will authorize temporary work within several waterways (e.g., creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes).  Compensatory mitigation will be provided for these impacts. 

On August 11, 2016, the Corps Jacksonville District authorized work proposed within the State of Florida by Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC under Department of the Army permit SAJ-2013-03030.  The permit, ROD and attachments for SAJ-2013-03030 are below:

Permit - Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC

    Permit SAJ-2013-03030

    Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)   

    FERC Certificate

    Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan

    Location Map

    Work Corridor: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7Part 8

    Work Corridor (continued): Part 9 - Part 10 - Part 11 - Part 12 - Part 13 - Part 14

    AZ-Ocala Route     

    Deerfield Route

    Wetland Impacts

    Waterbody Crossings

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Permit

    US Fish & Wildlife Service Biological Opinion

 Record of Decision

    Record of Decision (ROD) for SAJ-2013-03030

     Appendix 1 & 2 - Appendix 3 through 6 - Appendix 7 Part 1 - Appendix 7 Part 2 - Appendix 7 Part 3 - Appendix 7 Part 4 & Appendix 8

 

On August 11, 2016, the Corps Jacksonville District authorized work proposed by Florida Southeast Connection, LLC under Department of the Army permit SAJ-2013-03099.  The permit, ROD and attachments for SAJ-2013-03099 are below:

Permit - Florida Southeast Connection, LLC

    Permit SAJ-2013-03099

    Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)

    FERC Certificate

    Plan and Procedures

    Location Map

    Work Corridor

    Wetland Impacts

    Waterbody Crossings

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Permit - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4

    US Fish & Wildlife Service Biological Opinion

Record of Decision

    Record of Decision (ROD) for SAJ-2013-03099

    Appendix 1 and 2 - Appendix 3 through 6 - Appendix 7 Part 1 - Appendix 7 Part 2 - Appendix 7 Part 3

    Appendix 7 Part 4 and Appendix 8

 


 

Southern Palm Beach Island Comprehensive Shoreline Stabilization Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Jacksonville District is conducting an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for two shoreline stabilization projects proposed by the Town of Palm Beach and Palm Beach County. The two similar projects include beach construction and nourishment and dune restoration projects between Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) R-monuments 129-210 and R–138+551, and sand placement with construction of seven (7) low profile, shore-perpendicular groins (groin field) near Lantana Public Beach. The Corps evaluated six build alternatives, as well as sand source alternatives. The Final EIS (FEIS) is available for public review and comment. The Corps anticipates a Notice of Availability (NOA) of the FEIS will be published in the Federal Register on June 17, 2016. The NOA initiates the start of the official 30-day comment period which will end on July 18, 2016.

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Tarmac King Road Limestone Mining

Ridge Road Extension

Everglades Agricultural Area A-1 Environmental Impact Statement

Central Florida Phosphate Mining

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Improving the Regulatory Process in Southwest Florida, Lee and Collier Counties, Florida