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MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW PERMIT

A permit has been issued for the Miami International Boat Show.

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FLORIDA STATEWIDE PROGRAMMATIC BIOLOGICAL OPINION (SWPBO)

On December 4, 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) signed the Florida Statewide Programmatic Biological Opinion (SWPBO).  The SWPBO is based on the NMFS review of the impacts associated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District's (USACE's) authorization of minor in-water activities throughout Florida.  The SWPBO analyzes the effects from 11 categories of activities on sea turtles (loggerhead, leatherback, Kemp's ridley, hawksbill, and green); smalltooth sawfish; Johnson's seagrass; sturgeon (Gulf, shortnose, and Atlantic); corals (elkhom, staghom, boulder star, mountainous star, lobed star, rough cactus, and pillar); North Atlantic right whales; and designated critical habitat for Johnson's seagrass, smalltooth sawfish, Gulf sturgeon, loggerhead sea turtle, North Atlantic right whale, and elkhom and staghom corals in accordance with Section 7 of the ESA.  The SWPBO will help expedite ESA consultation between the USACE and the NMFS for those 11 categories of minor in-water activities, provided the proposed work is in compliance with the specific Project Design Criteria (PDCs) that have been assessed for each activity.  To view the SWPBO please click here.

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JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT REGULATORY DIVISION RESTRUCTURING

Jacksonville District has recently restructured and now has 3 Permit Branches:  North, South and West.  The restructuring balances workload & resources, improves consistency with our application of the Regulatory program, improves flexibility and capability, and establishes special permitting teams for transportation and mining.  Click HERE for a new map of permitting office locations and areas of geographic responsibility.

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FINAL RULE DEFINING THE SCOPE OF WATERS PROTECTED UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have published the final rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The effective date of this rule will be August 28, 2015.

This final rule reflects consideration of the extensive public comments received on the proposed rule. The rule will ensure protection for the nation’s public health and aquatic resources, and increase CWA program predictability and consistency by clarifying the scope of ‘‘waters of the United States’’ protected under the Act.

The Federal register notice, dated June 29, 2015, is available HERE

Additional information can be found on the Regulatory HQ page

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SETBACK GUIDANCE FOR STRUCTURES ALONG CERTAIN FEDERAL CHANNELS

In December 1998, the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) provided public notice of the setback criterion to be utilized for the review of structures proposed to be placed along certain Federal channels.  Since that time, operational circumstances have dictated the need to make some modifications to the setback guidance. These modifications are necessary to allow operation and maintenance of the Federal channels to be accomplished in an efficient, cost-effective and environmentally acceptable manner.  The below link is the most recent guidance released by the Corps.

        December 18, 2013 Setback Guidance for Structures along Certain Federal Channels

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South Central 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 128+955 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, and as well as sand source alternatives. The Draft EIS (DEIS) is available for public review and comment. The Corps anticipates a Notice of Availability (NOA) of the DEIS will be published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2014. The NOA initiates the start of the official 45-day comment period which will end on January 26, 2015.

Tarmac King Road Limestone Mining

South Central Palm Beach Island Comprehensive Shoreline Stabilization Project

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