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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to evaluate by any of the following
methods:
Public Meeting and Oral Comments:
A public meeting will be held in
Brunswick, Georgia. For the specific
location, see
SUPPLEMENTARY
INFORMATION
.
Written Comments: Please direct
written comments to Carrie Hall,
Evaluator, Planning and Performance
Measurement Program, Office for
Coastal Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305
East-West Highway, 11th Floor, N/
OCM1, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910,
or email comments Carrie.Hall@
noaa.gov. Comments that the Office for
Coastal Management receives are
considered 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 publicly
accessible. NOAA will accept
anonymous comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Ralph Cantral, Evaluator, Planning and
Performance Measurement Program,
Office for Coastal Management, NOS/
NOAA, 2234 South Hobson Avenue,
Charleston, SC 29405, by phone at (843)
740–1143 or email comments
Ralph.Cantral@noaa.gov. Copies of the
previous evaluation findings and 2016–
2020 Assessment and Strategy may be
viewed and downloaded on the internet
at http://coast.noaa.gov/czm/
evaluations. A copy of the evaluation
notification letter and most recent
progress report may be obtained upon
request by contacting the person
identified under
FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION CONTACT
.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: Section
312 of the Coastal Zone Management
Act (CZMA) requires NOAA to conduct
periodic evaluations of federally
approved state and territorial coastal
programs. The process includes one or
more public meetings, consideration of
written public comments, and
consultations with interested Federal,
state, and local agencies and members of
the public. During the evaluation,
NOAA will consider the extent to which
the state has met the national objectives,
adhered to the management program
approved by the Secretary of Commerce,
and adhered to the terms of financial
assistance under the CZMA. When the
evaluation is completed, NOAA’s Office
for Coastal Management will place a
notice in the Federal Register
announcing the availability of the Final
Evaluation Findings.
You may participate or submit oral
comments at the public meeting
scheduled as follows:
Date: August 28, 2019.
Time: 5:30–6:30 p.m., local time.
Location: Susan Shipman
Environmental Learning Center, Georgia
Department of Natural Resources, 1
Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA
31520.
Written public comments must be
received on or before September 6,
2019.
Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog
11.419, Coastal Zone Management Program
Administration.
Dated: July 5, 2019.
Nkolika Ndubisi,
Management and Program Analyst, National
Ocean Service, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration.
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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.
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 steph.robinson@
noaa.gov. 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 steph.robinson@noaa.gov, or Erica
Seiden at (240) 533–0781 and
erica.seiden@noaa.gov 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.
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RIN 0648–XR014
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to
Specified Activities; Taking Marine
Mammals Incidental to Bremerton
Ferry Terminal Dolphin Relocation
Project in Washington State
AGENCY
: National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Commerce.
ACTION
: Notice; incidental harassment
authorization; request for comments on
proposed renewal.
SUMMARY
: NMFS received a request from
the Washington State Department of
Transportation (WSDOT) for the
Renewal of their currently active
incidental harassment authorization
(IHA) to take marine mammals
incidental to the dolphin (a man-made
structure that protects other structures
from being struck by boats) relocation
project at the Bremerton Ferry Terminal
in Washington State. These activities
consist of activities that are covered by
the current authorization but will not be
completed prior to its expiration.
Pursuant to the Marine Mammal
Protection Act (MMPA), prior to issuing
the currently active IHA, NMFS
requested comments on both the
proposed IHA and the potential for
renewing the initial authorization if
certain requirements were satisfied. The
Renewal requirements have been
satisfied, and NMFS is now providing
an additional 15-day comment period to
allow for any additional comments on
the requested Renewal not previously
provided during the initial 30-day
comment period.
DATES
: Comments and information must
be received no later than July 25, 2019.
ADDRESSES
: Comments should be
addressed to Jolie Harrison, Chief,
Permits and Conservation Division,
Office of Protected Resources, National
Marine Fisheries Service. Physical
comments should be sent to 1315 East-
West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
and electronic comments should be sent
to ITP.Fowler@noaa.gov.
Instructions: NMFS is not responsible
for comments sent by any other method,
to any other address or individual, or
received after the end of the comment
period. Comments received
electronically, including all
attachments, must not exceed a 25-
megabyte file size. Attachments to
electronic comments will be accepted in
Microsoft Word or Excel or Adobe PDF
file formats only. All comments
received are a part of the public record
and will generally be posted online at
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/
incidental-take-authorizations-under-
marine-mammal-protection-act without
change. All personal identifying
information (e.g., name, address)
voluntarily submitted by the commenter
may be publicly accessible. Do not
submit confidential business
information or otherwise sensitive or
protected information.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Amy Fowler, Office of Protected
Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401.
Electronic copies of the original
application, Renewal request, and
supporting documents (including NMFS
Federal Register notices of the original
proposed and final authorizations, and
the previous IHA), as well as a list of the
references cited in this document, may
be obtained online at: https://
www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/
incidental-take-authorizations-under-
marine-mammal-protection-act. In case
of problems accessing these documents,
please call the contact listed above.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Background
The MMPA prohibits the ‘‘take’’ of
marine mammals, with certain
exceptions. Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and
(D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et
seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce
(as delegated to NMFS) to allow, upon
request, the incidental, but not
intentional, taking of small numbers of
marine mammals by U.S. citizens who
engage in a specified activity (other than
commercial fishing) within a specified
geographical region if certain findings
are made and either regulations are
issued or, if the taking is limited to
harassment, a notice of a proposed
incidental take authorization is
provided to the public for review.
Authorization for incidental takings
shall be granted if NMFS finds that the
taking will have a negligible impact on
the species or stock(s) and will not have
an unmitigable adverse impact on the
availability of the species or stock(s) for
taking for subsistence uses (where
relevant). Further, NMFS must prescribe
the permissible methods of taking and
other ‘‘means of effecting the least
practicable adverse impact’’ on the
affected species or stocks and their
habitat, paying particular attention to
rookeries, mating grounds, and areas of
similar significance, and on the
availability of such species or stocks for
taking for certain subsistence uses
(referred to here as ‘‘mitigation
measures’’). Monitoring and reporting of
such takings are also required. The
meaning of key terms such as ‘‘take,’’
‘‘harassment,’’ and ‘‘negligible impact’’
can be found in section 3 of the MMPA
(16 U.S.C. 1362) and the agency’s
regulations at 50 CFR 216.103.
NMFS’ regulations implementing the
MMPA at 50 CFR 216.107(e) indicate
that IHAs may be renewed for
additional periods of time not to exceed
one year for each reauthorization. In the
notice of proposed IHA for the initial
authorization, NMFS described the
circumstances under which we would
consider issuing a Renewal for this
activity, and requested public comment
on a potential Renewal under those
circumstances. Specifically, on a case-
by-case basis, NMFS may issue a one-
year IHA Renewal when (1) another year
of identical or nearly identical activities
as described in the Specified Activities
section is planned or (2) the activities
would not be completed by the time the
IHA expires and a second IHA would
allow for completion of the activities
beyond that described in the Dates and
Duration section of the initial IHA. All
of the following conditions must be met
in order to issue a Renewal:
A request for Renewal is received
no later than 60 days prior to expiration
of the current IHA;
The request for Renewal must
include the following:
(1) An explanation that the activities
to be conducted beyond the initial dates
either are identical to the previously
analyzed activities or include changes
so minor (e.g., reduction in pile size)
that the changes do not affect the
previous analyses, take estimates, or
mitigation and monitoring
requirements; and
(2) A preliminary monitoring report
showing the results of the required
monitoring to date and an explanation
showing that the monitoring results do
not indicate impacts of a scale or nature
not previously analyzed or authorized.
Upon review of the request for
Renewal, the status of the affected
species or stocks, and any other
pertinent information, NMFS
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