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SAJ-2009-03523 (SP-CGK)

Published Nov. 19, 2018
Expiration date: 12/19/2018

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has received an application for a Department of the Army permit pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. §403) as described below:

APPLICANT: Florida Inland Navigation District
c/o Mark Crosley
1314 Marcinski Road
Jupiter, Florida 33477

WATERWAY AND LOCATION: The project would affect waters of the United States associated with the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). The project site is located at two specific locations within the ICW, adjacent to the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum (Area 1) and Las Olas Boulevard (Area 2), in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida.

APPROXIMATE CENTRAL COORDINATES:

Area 1: Latitude: 26.115906°
             Longitude: -80.108931°

Area 2: Latitude: 26.119994°
             Longitude: - 80.109352°

PROJECT PURPOSE:

Basic: The basic project purpose is to improve water access.

Overall: The overall project purpose is to improve water access within the ICW in Broward County.

PROPOSED WORK: The applicant requests a 5-year time extension from the date the existing permit expires (January 22, 2019). More specifically, the work still needed for the time extension includes removing approximate 4,100 cubic yards in total (Area 1 and Area 2) of sediment to a maximum depth of -17 feet Mean Low Water (MLW) that will be dredged after existing sub-aqueous utility lines underneath the two areas are removed.

EXISTING CONDITIONS: The project site is located within the ICW in Broward County. The navigation channel contains a variety of habitats including silty, barren bottom, and hardbottom with an assortment of hard and soft corals and seagrass beds.

PERMIT HISTORY: On January 22, 2014, the Corps issued a Standard Permit to deepen the ICW channel to accommodate larger vessels by dredging along a 14,400 linear foot distance (43.61 acres) (282,491 cubic yards) to a maximum depth of -17 feet Mean Low Water (MLW) (project depth of -15 feet MLW and 2 feet over dredge) in order to create a uniform depth throughout the ICW channel. The permit expires January 22, 2019. The applicant is requesting a 5-year time extension to their permit to dredge the remaining 4,100 cubic yards of material.

AVOIDANCE AND MINIMIZATION INFORMATION: The applicant has provided the following information in support of efforts to avoid and/or minimize impacts to the aquatic environment:
• All resource areas will be avoided
• Dredging activities shall maintain a 10 foot buffer between any seagrasses and the top of the stabilized post-construction side slope.

COMPENSATORY MITIGATION: No aquatic resources are being impacted as a result of the proposed project. Therefore, no compensatory mitigation is being required. The applicant will provide pre- and post- submerged aquatic resources surveys. In the event that seagrasses are located within the dredge footprint once the pre-construction survey is conducted, the application is prepared to provide a compensatory mitigation plan.

CULTURAL RESOURCES: The Corps is not aware of any known historic properties within the permit area. By copy of this public notice, the Corps is providing information for review. Our final determination relative to historic resource impacts is subject to review by and coordination with the State Historic Preservation Officer and, if applicable those federally recognized tribes with concerns in Florida and the Permit Area.

ENDANGERED SPECIES:

Use of the 2013 Manatee Key results in the following pathway: A, B, C, G, N, O, P “Paragraph 4.” The Corps has determined the proposed project may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus), The Corps has received programmatic concurrence from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife with this determination pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.

The Corps has determined the proposal may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect
the Smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinate) and swimming green, hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, leatherback, and loggerhead sea turtles (Chelonia mydas, Eretmochelys imbricata, Lepidochelys kempii, Dermochelys coriacea, Caretta caretta). The project will not adversely modify any species’ designated critical habitat. The Corps will request National Marine Fisheries Service concurrence with this determination pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.

ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT (EFH): This notice initiates consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service on EFH as required by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 1996. The proposal would impact approximately 2.54 acres of sand bottom utilized by various life stages of penaeid shrimp complex, reef fish, stone crab, spiny lobster, migratory/pelagic fish, and snapper/grouper complex associated with mud, shell, sand and rock substrate and water column EFH. After reviewing a submerged aquatic resource survey that was conducted between August 8th and August 14th, 2017, our initial determination is that the proposed action would not have a substantial adverse impact on EFH or Federally managed fisheries in the ICW. While there are resources, such as seagrasses, located in the project vicinity, aquatic resources are not located within the project footprint. Our final determination relative to project impacts and the need for mitigation measures is subject to review by and coordination with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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. The jurisdictional line has been verified by Corps personnel.

AUTHORIZATION FROM OTHER AGENCIES: Water Quality Certification may be required from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and/or one of the state Water Management Districts.

COMMENTS regarding the potential authorization of the work proposed should be submitted in writing to the attention of the District Engineer through the Palm Beach Gardens Permits Section, 4400 PGA Boulevard, Suite 500, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410 within 30 days from the date of this notice.

The decision whether to issue or deny this permit application will be based on the information received from this public notice and the evaluation of the probable impact to the associated wetlands. This is based on an analysis of the applicant's avoidance and minimization efforts for the project, as well as the compensatory mitigation proposed.

QUESTIONS concerning this application should be directed to the project manager, Christian Karvounis, in writing at the Palm Beach Gardens Permits Section, 4400 PGA Boulevard, Suite 500, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; by e-mail at Christian.G.Karvounis@usace.army.mil; or, by telephone at (561)-472-3516.

IMPACT ON NATURAL RESOURCES: 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.

EVALUATION: The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision 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. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered including cumulative impacts thereof; among these are 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. Evaluation of the impact of the activity on the public interest will also include application of the guidelines promulgated by the Administrator, EPA, under authority of Section 404(b) of the Clean Water Act or the criteria established under authority of Section 102(a) of the Marine Protection Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972. A permit will be granted unless its issuance is found to be contrary to the public interest.

The US Army Corps of Engineers (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 impacts of this proposed activity. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition, or deny a permit for this proposal. To make this determination, comments are used to assess impacts to endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.

COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT CONSISTENCY: In Florida, the State approval constitutes compliance with the approved Coastal Zone Management Plan. In Puerto Rico, a Coastal Zone Management Consistency Concurrence is required from the Puerto Rico Planning Board. In the Virgin Islands, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources permit constitutes compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Plan.

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.