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January 13, 2014: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Puerto Rico Seagrass Fund - Request for Proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in consultation/coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, seeks one or more project managers to conduct an a initial assessment of seagrass bed conditions in the nearshore waters between Guánica (Punta Jorobado) and Santa Isabel (Punta Petrona) in Puerto Rico.

Up to $150,000 are available through NFWF's Puerto Rico Seagrass Fund for a project manager who will identify seagrass protection and restoration opportunities based on observed anthropogenic impacts to seagrass, and recommend priority conservation locations and strategies. Proposals are due by March 6th.

The Puerto Rico Seagrass Fund was established with funds from a consent decree entered in relation to U.S. v. Authority for the Port of the Americas (Case No. 3:12-cv-02033-JAG [D.P.R.]). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office together comprise the Interagency Advisory Team (IAT), which will advise the project manager on assessment scope and methodology.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Puerto Rico Seagrass Fund – Initial Assessment RFP webpage at http://www.nfwf.org/seagrassfund/Pages/initial-assessment-rfp.aspx.

You may also contact Michelle Olson at michelle.olson@nfwf.org or 202-595-2437 if you have any questions in this regard. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

August 15, 2013: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers publishes Final Environmental Impact Statement for Tarmac King Road limestone mining

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announced today that it has completed and published the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed King Road limestone mining activities in southern Levy County.

Under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the Corps regulates the placement of dredged or fill materials into waters of the United States, including wetlands. The permit applicant, Tarmac America, LLC had proposed mining approximately 3,900 acres of a 4,800-acre area about 80 miles north of Tampa. The site is located in southwest Levy County, off King Road west of U.S. Route 19, approximately five miles north of the town of Inglis, Fla. Tarmac proposed to mitigate for impacts to approximately 2,000 acres of wetlands and 1,800 acres of uplands by restoring, enhancing and preserving adjacent wetland and upland areas.

The purpose of the proposed project is to provide a source of affordable construction-grade limestone aggregate, including aggregate that meets Florida Department of Transportation specifications for buildings and infrastructure. Aggregate is a construction material that can be used alone or mixed with other materials to make concrete and asphalt. The objectives of the King Road EIS were to evaluate existing environmental and socioeconomic conditions and potential future impacts associated with the proposed mining activities and to assess possible alternatives to mining at the proposed Levy County site.

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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 a Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Town of Palm Beach and Palm Beach County’s proposal to construct beach nourishment and dune restoration projects between Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) R-monuments 128+955 and R–138+551 with sand placement and the construction of seven (7) low profile, shore-perpendicular groins (groin field). All sand is proposed to be sourced from an upland sand mine. The Corps will evaluate a range of reasonable alternatives, and identify and assess the project's anticipated environmental effects. An EIS is required since the Corps determined the project may result in potentially significant adverse effects on the human environment. A Draft EIS (DEIS) is scheduled to be available in April 2014 for a 60-day public review and comment, and the Corps will publish in April 2014 a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register that will start the comment period.

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July 12 2013: Jacksonville District Releases Addendum to the Final Areawide Environmental Impact Statement addressing phosphate mining in Central Florida Phosphate District.

The USACE has prepared an Addendum to the Final AEIS to respond to the comments received during the comment period on the Draft AEIS and not included in the Final AEIS, and to provide a Spanish language translation of the Executive Summary. There are no changes to the content of the Spanish language Executive Summary relative to that provided with the Final AEIS. The Addendum also provides corrections to the surface water hydrology analysis. However, these changes do not change the determinations of significance or effect made for any of the alternatives, including the Applicants' Preferred Alternative, that are stated in the Final AEIS.

The review period for the Addendum ends on August 12, 2013, 30 days from the date on which the Notice of Availability for this Addendum appears in the Federal Register. Comments may be provided in writing to the USACE address below or by email to john.p.fellows@usace.army.mil. Questions concerning the project, or requests for copies of the Final AEIS should be directed to John Fellows, by phone at 813-769-7070, or email at john.p.fellows@usace.army.mil.

Revised Final Areawide EIS on Phosphate Mining in the Central Florida Phosphate District

Ridge Road Extension

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Permit applicants Pasco County and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) propose to extend the existing Ridge Road approximately eight miles east of its current terminus at Decubellis/Moon Lake Road, to U.S. Highway 41. The proposed project also includes a 4-ramp interchange at its intersection with Suncoast Parkway. Since the proposed work includes impacts to water bodies that are under the jurisdiction of the Corps, the applicants are required by the Clean Water Act to obtain a Department of the Army permit. The proposal requires impacts to approximately 59 acres of wetlands.

Everglades Agricultural Area A-1 Environmental Impact Statement

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed and released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Shallow Flow Equalization Basin in the Everglades Agricultural Area as proposed by the South Florida Water Management District. A Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register on July 5, 2013. 

Final EIS - Everglades Agricultural Area A-1 Shallow Flow Equalization Basin