USACE Recieves New Biological Opinion on 2012 Nationwide Permits
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has received a final biological opinion from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries on the USACE nationwide permits that were reissued on Feb. 13, 2012, and went into effect on March 19, 2012. The biological opinion was issued on Nov. 24, 2014, and it concludes the re-initiated programmatic consultation on the Endangered Species Act that began in July 2012 between the two agencies. For the full article on the USACE Headquarters Page, please click here. To view the biological opinion, please click here.
Jacksonville District Navigable Waters Lists
In Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, exercises section 10 (of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899) regulatory jurisdiction over the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. Additionally, all or portions of tributaries to the above waters may also be subject to section 10 authority. However, complete lists of all rivers, streams, creeks, ponds, and lakes subject to Corps section 10 authority are not available. You can find the current "List of Navigable Waters of the United States within the Jacksonville District" through this link or within the SourceBook under Other Permitting Factors.
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.