Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment of a Proposed Boundary Expansion of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 132 (Wednesday, July 10, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 132 (Wednesday, July 10, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 32880-32881]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-14713]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment of a
Proposed Boundary Expansion of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National
Estuarine Research Reserve
AGENCY: Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of availability of a draft environmental assessment;
request for comments.
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SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is
soliciting comments from the public on a draft environmental assessment
for a proposed boundary expansion of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM)
National Estuarine Research Reserve.
DATES: Comments must be received no later than 30 days after
publication of this notice.
ADDRESSES: The draft environmental assessment can be downloaded or
viewed at https://coast.noaa.gov/czm/compliance/. You may submit
comments via email to [email protected]. You may also submit
comments or request a copy of the draft environmental assessment by
mail addressed to Stephanie Robinson, Office for Coastal Management,
2234 South Hobson Ave., Charleston, SC 29405. Comments submitted by any
other method or after the comment period may not be considered. All
comments are a part of the public record and may be publicly
accessible. Any personal identifying information (e.g., name, address)
submitted voluntarily by the sender may also be accessible. NOAA will
accept anonymous comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Robinson at (843) 740-1174
and [email protected], or Erica Seiden at (240) 533-0781 and
[email protected] of NOAA's Office for Coastal Management.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Background
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency
for managing the GTM Reserve, has requested to modify the approved
management boundary of the Reserve by adding three new parcels.
Pursuant to 15 CFR 921.33(a), NOAA may require public notice, including
notice in the Federal Register and an opportunity for public comment
before approving a boundary or management plan change. In addition,
changes in the boundary of a Reserve involving the acquisition of
properties not listed in the management plan or final environmental
impact statement (EIS) require public notice and the opportunity for
comment. The Marsh View Preserve parcel was not evaluated in the
Reserve's original EIS. Therefore, NOAA has developed an environmental
assessment (EA) to analyze the effects of requested change to the
Reserve boundary, which would result in a net increase in acreage of
3,346.44 acres, and is publishing notice of the EA's availability for
public review and comment.
II. NOAA Proposed Action and Alternatives
    NOAA is releasing a draft EA prepared in accordance with section
102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as
amended, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(c), and the Council on Environmental Quality
Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 CFR
1500-1508). NOAA's proposed action would be to approve a change in the
management boundary of the GTM Reserve to add three parcels to the
approved boundary.
    The draft EA identifies and assesses potential environmental
impacts associated with the proposed project, and identifies a
preferred alternative and a no action alternative. The preferred
alternative would add three parcels to the Reserve's boundary. Although
the preferred alternative would add three parcels outside the boundary
originally designated for the Reserve, the addition of these three
parcels would allow and enhance the Reserve's ability to: (1) Educate
the community; (2) protect and manage the estuaries and their
watersheds; (3)
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provide aquatic/upland management; and (4) research and monitor the
area. The proposed boundary expansion is therefore preferred over the
no action alternative.
    Dated: July 5, 2019.
Nkolika Ndubisi,
Management and Program Analyst, National Ocean Service, National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2019-14713 Filed 7-9-19; 8:45 am]
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