ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

BALDWIN COUNTY and MOBILE COUNTY

NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR A REVIEW OF A FEDERAL AGENCY’S CONSISTENCY DETERMINATION FOR A PROPOSED FEDERAL ACTION

PUBLIC NOTICE - 591

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) hereby gives notice that the NOAA affiliated Alabama GulfCorps has requested, in accordance with 15 CFR 930, review of a proposed federal action pursuant to ADEM Administrative Code division 335-8.

Alabama state managers on the RESTORE Council and have identified several projects that the GulfCorps plans to begin work on in early February 2018.  These projects are all located on state or federal land, or other conserved landholdings that are protected by 501c(3) organizations.  The GulfCorps is funded through the RESTORE Deepwater Horizon funds to provide employment opportunities and training for local conservation corps to participate in coastal habitat restoration.

The following Alabama GulfCorps Projects (for years 1-3) are being reviewed:

  1. Weeks Bay Foundation Property Stewardship - Juniper tract, Rio Vista tract, Rangeline Preserve. The purpose of this project is to provide stewardship of coastal upland habitats through the following actions: 1) eradication of invasive species, 2) vegetative planting, 3) pre-fire preparation (fuel reduction), and 4) pitcher plant bog restoration. The existing habitats include mesic flatwoods with mostly scrub/shrub woody plants, and pitcher plant bog.
  2. Three Mile Creek Apple Snail Removal Project. The purpose of this project is to eradicate Apple Snails from a segment of the Three Mile Creek and Langan Lake headwater where they are heavily populated. These species are on the State’s nuisance species list, and they are known to be destructive to riverine and coastal vegetation.
  3. Grand Bay Savannah Complex and Bog Restoration. The purpose of this project is to provide stewardship of coastal upland habitats through the following actions: 1) eradication of invasive species, and 2) woody vegetative clearing for pitcher plant bog restoration.
  4. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Stewardship. The purpose of this project is to provide stewardship of coastal upland habitats through the following actions: 1) vegetative planting, and 2) repairing trails and infrastructure.

GulfCorps has determined that the proposals are consistent to the maximum extent practicable with the enforceable policies of the Alabama Coastal Area Management Program (ACAMP).

Any person wishing to make comments or provide additional information relative to the proposed projects’ consistency with the ACAMP must submit such comments or information in writing to ADEM at the address below within fifteen (15) calendar days following the publication date of this notice. Only those comments which address issues within the Department’s scope of authority can be considered. All correspondence regarding this proposal should reference application number ACAMP-2018-040.

Alabama Department of Environmental Management

3664 Dauphin Street, Suite B

Mobile, Alabama 36608-1211

Copies of all information submitted are available for public inspection, by appointment, at the ADEM office located at the above address Monday - Friday (except legal holidays), 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Arrangements for copying should be made in advance. The ADEM division 335-8 rules and this Public Notice are available on the internet at http://adem.alabama.gov/newsEvents/publicNotices.cnt

After consideration of all written comments and consideration of the requirements of the Alabama Coastal Area Management Act and ADEM Coastal Program rules, the Department will make a final determination. The Department’s determination, associated documents and all comments received during the public comment period will be available for inspection at the ADEM office located at the above address during normal working hours. Notice of the final permit decision will be sent to any person who requests such notice, in writing, during this comment period.

Notice is hereby given this 22nd day of November, 2017, by authorization of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

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Lance R. LeFleur
Director

Nondiscrimination Statement: The Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in the administration of its programs.