Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain and Wetlands




Early Notice and Public

Review of a Proposed Activity

in a 100-Year Floodplain

and Wetlands

To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals

This is to give notice that the Town of Bayside has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Orders 11988 and 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, to determine the potential effect that its activity in the floodplain and wetlands will have on the human environment for the Copano Bay Shoreline Stabilization project under the Disaster Recovery Program – DRS220254. As a result of Hurricane Ike on September 13, 2008 and Hurricane Dolly on July 23, 2008, the existing shoreline protection features (natural bluffs and bulkheads) were overtopped by the storm surge and tides, causing them to fail to function as the primary protection against flood waters. The proposed project is to address failure of the affected system by stabilizing the bluff face and reducing erosion from storm surge events. HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds will be used by the Town of Bayside to install erosion control mats with related bank reshaping, select fill material, miscellaneous erosion control measures, and perform site work associated with construction. The 100-year floodplain area was based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Floodplain Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Panel 4815850004A, effective March 18, 1985. The proposed project is partially located in Zone A12 within the 100-year floodplain. Impacts include approximately 0.042 acre in the floodplain. Minor fill and excavation activities will be conducted as needed to level the shoreline to the slope of the control mats and will follow closely to preconstruction contours. These activities will minimize impacts to the floodplain area. The project would impact approximately 0.004 acre of delineated tidal fringe wetlands adjacent to the project site. The area of impact is very small, and additional planting of tidal fringe areas as well as the erosion protection would mitigate these impacts. The proposed project is located along the shoreline approximately 225 feet south of Wood Street to approximately 560 feet south of Wood Street, for a total of 335 linear feet, in Bayside, Refugio County, Texas.

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received by the Town of Bayside at the following address on or before October 11, 2013 or a minimum of 15 calendar days after the publication, whichever is later: Ken Dahl, Mayor, P.O. Box 194, Bayside, Texas 78332 and (361) 529-6520, during the hours of 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Fridays.

Date: 9/26/13