TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: This district has received a complete modification request proposing the modification of an existing mitigation bank pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. §1344) as described below:
APPLICANT: LPI Wetland Mitigation, Ltd.
Mr. Richard Ames
13041-2 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, Florida 33919
LOCATION: The 4,670-acre Little Pine Island Mitigation Bank (LPIMB) is bordered by Pine Island Creek and Pine Island to the west and Matlacha Pass and the town of Matlacha to the east, within Sections 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 36, Township 44 south, Range 22 east; in Lee County, near Fort Myers, Florida.
APPROXIMATE CENTRAL COORDINATES – Latitude: 26.613125°
MODIFICATION SUMMARY: This Public Notice is issued to advertise the requested revisions to the final Mitigation Banking Instrument (MBI) approved by the Corps on January 14, 1997. Pursuant to 33 CFR 332.8(d)(4), the Corps has posted a full copy of the LPIMB MBI Modification online so that it is available for review by the public. The MBI Modification may be downloaded from the Regulatory In-Lieu Fee and Bank Information Tracking System (RIBITS) at web address: https://ribits.usace.army.mil.
Once on the RIBITS homepage, select "Jacksonville" from the "ALL DISTRICTS" drop down menu located in the lower left corner of the screen. Once the district filter has been selected, click on the “Banks & ILF Sites” link located in the Navigation box (upper left corner). This will generate a list of projects, scroll down the list and click on the “Little Pine Island MB” link. On this page, click on the "Cyber Repository" link located on the menu bar above the General Information box, then click on the MODIFICATION folder to access the MBI Modifications associated with the project.
If you are unable to access the web address, a copy of the MBI Modification is available upon request to the project manager listed at the end of this public notice.
MODIFICATION GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: The proposed MBI Modification includes the transfer of Sponsorship from Mariner Properties Developments, Inc. to LPI Wetland Mitigation Bank, Ltd. The modification also proposes changes to the authorized habitat configuration. These changes are a result of a post-restoration review of the conditions following implementation of the mitigation plan. Based on these changes, the original credit determination was reevaluated for the affected areas and the credit release schedule was revised. The last component of the modification is a request to expand the LPIMB mitigation service area to include all USGS 8-digit Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) sub-basins that connect to coastal fringe wetlands in Southwest Florida. These include the following: Big Cypress Swamp, Caloosahatchee River, Charlotte Harbor, Myakka River, Peace River, Sarasota Bay, Manatee River, Little Manatee River, Alafia River, Tampa Bay, Crystal-Pithlachascotee River, and the Hillsborough River sub-basins.
NOTE: This public notice is being issued based on information furnished by the applicant. This information has not been verified or evaluated to ensure compliance with laws and regulation governing the regulatory program.
Comments regarding the proposed mitigation bank should be submitted in writing to the District Engineer at the address below within 30 days from the date of this notice.
If you have any questions concerning this proposed project, you may contact Ms. Amy Thompson by electronic mail at Amy.D.Thompson@usace.army.mil, by fax at 904-232-1904, or by telephone at 904-232-3974 or at the following address:
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT CORPS OF ENGINEERS
P. O. BOX 4970
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32232-0019
IMPACT ON NATURAL RESOURCES: Preliminary review of this application indicates that an Environmental Impact Statement will not be required. Coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Marine Fisheries Services, and other Federal, State, and local agencies, environmental groups, and concerned citizens generally yields pertinent environmental information that is instrumental in determining the impact the proposed action will have on the natural resources of the area. By means of this notice, we are soliciting comments on the potential effects of the project on threatened or endangered species or their habitat
EVALUATION: After the end of the comment period, the district engineer will review all comments received and make an initial determination as to the potential of the proposed project to provide compensatory mitigation for activities authorized by Department of the Army permits. That determination will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal, must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. Factors relevant to the proposal will be considered including conservation, economics, esthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historical properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food, and fiber production, mineral needs, considerations of property ownership, and in general, the needs and welfare of the people.
The Corps is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, State, and local agencies and officials; Indian Tribes; and other Interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the proposed activity. All comments received will be considered by the Corps during the formulation of the initial determination of potential for the proposed activity.
REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING: Any person may request a public hearing. The request must be submitted in writing to the District Engineer within the designated comment period of the notice and must state the specific reasons for requesting the public hearing.