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Title: Programmatic Environmental Assessment : Low-Impact Alterations Conducted by Nonfederal Sponsors or Independent Requestors to Sandbridge Beach Erosion Control & Hurricane Protection Project, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Norfolk District.
Keywords: Beaches
Beach erosion
Erosion control
Hurricane protection
Virginia Beach (Va.)
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Norfolk District.
Abstract: The purpose of this Environmental Assessment is to programmatically address a variety of requests from property owners for minor and low impact activities that alter the Sandbridge Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project (the “Project”), a U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works project. The authority to grant permission for temporary or permanent use, occupation or alteration of any U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works project is contained in Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, as amended, codified at 33 U.S.C. 408 (“Section 408”). Many proposed alterations to Civil Works projects also require a USACE regulatory permit in compliance with Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (33 USC § 403) and/or Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 USC§ 1344) (Section 404/10). USACE regulatory permits that are issued include a NEPA assessment to support a permit decision prior to issuance. However, some proposed alterations do not require a Section 404/10 permit but must still be reviewed with a decision documented and approved by the USACE in accordance with NEPA and Section 408. This EA will allow the District to analyze environmental impacts for proposed actions that are generally related in scope through a Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Decision Document that can be applied to each individual 408 permission. Addressing proposed and future 408 activities through a Programmatic EA will expedite the current review and decision process, reduce fund requirements (labor) and increase residents’ ability to expedite projects for maintenance and construction of structural features. Section 408 authorizes the Secretary of the Army, on the recommendation of the Chief of Engineers, to grant permission for the alteration or occupation or use of a USACE project if the Secretary determines that the activity will not be injurious to the public interest and will not impair the usefulness of the project. The Secretary of the Army’s authority under Section 408 has been delegated to the USACE, Chief of Engineers. The USACE Chief of Engineers has further delegated the authority to the USACE, Directorate of Civil Works, Division and District Commanders, and supervisory Division Chiefs depending upon the nature of the proposed activity.
Description: Programmatic Environmental Assessment
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 66 pages / 2.43 MB
Types of Materials: PDF/A
Appears in Collections:Environmental Documents