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The Village of Bald Head Island proposes to construct a terminal structure (i.e. groin) at the western end of South Beach in close proximity to the Wilmington Harbor Navigation Project channel. The Project is proposed to address recently accelerating erosion at the western end of South Beach with the intent to protect wildlife habitat, public infrastructure, roads, homes, beaches and protective dunes.

Questions about this project?  Contact:  Ronnie Smith, Regulatory Project Manager

 

Note:  All Project documents and downloads are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.


APPLICATION

1/9/2014


 

Transcript of Public Hearing

 - March 4, 2014


 

The Environmental Impact Statement (Final Version - FEIS)

- 8/1/2014 - PRESS RELEASE ON COMPLETION OF FEIS     -     Public Notice (8/1/2014) on FEIS

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COVER PAGE & TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.0 PROJECT PURPOSE
2.0 SCOPING and PUBLIC INTEREST REVIEW 
3.0 PROJECT ALTERNATIVES
4.0 AFFECTED ENVIRONMENT
5.0 ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES
6.0 AVOIDANCE, MINIMIZATION AND MITIGATIVE MEASURES
7.0 REFERENCES

FIGURES:  Figure Cover Sheet
1.1. Vicinity Map
1.2. Ocean Bar Realignment
1.3. Sand Tube Groinfield

3.1. Lots Available for Relocation Retreat Alternative #2
3.2. Potential Sand Source Areas
3.3 Terminal Groin/Fillet Work Area and Groin Construction Activities (Phase I)

4.1. Study Area Biological Resources
4.2. Study Area Physical Monitoring
4.3. Study Area Delft3D Modeling
4.4. - 4.6 Bald Head Island Shoreline Positions (1855 to 1926), (1926-1989), (1989 and 1996)
4.7. Existing Habitat Area Mapping
4.8. Habitat Area Mapping Potential Sand Sources (1)
4.9. Habitat Area Mapping Potential Sand Sources (2)
4.10. Ocean Hardbottom Mapping
4.11. NC Marine Fisheries Commission - Primary Nursery Area Mapping (1)
4.12. NC Marine Fisheries Commission - Primary Nursery Area Mapping (2)
4.13. Lower Cape Fear River Watershed, Basin 03030005
4.14. Lower Cape Fear River Subbasin 03030005050010
4.15. CAMA Land Use Plan Existing Land Use Map
4.16. CAMA Land Use Plan Future Land Use Map
4.17. FEMA Floodzone and CBRA Mapping
4.18. Predicted Tides for 2014
4.19. Ebb and Flood Velocities Computed by FLOW on April 25, 2009
4.20. Residual Flow Vectors Computed for a One-Month, Tide Only Simulation
4.21. 2001-2011 Aerial Photographs of Bald Head Island
4.22. - 4.23 Measured Daily Discharge at the Cape Fear River, 1969-2010; Location of Wave and/or Wind Measurement Stations
4.24. Wave Data at NOAA Buoy 41013 Located Southeast of Frying Pan Shoals
4.25. Wave Data at the USACE 11-mile ADCP Gauge Located Inside Frying Pan Shoals
4.26. Wave Data at the Oak Island ADCP Gauge Located Inside Frying Pan Shoals
4.27. Wave Data at the Bald Head ADCP Gauge Located Inside Frying Pan Shoals
4.28. WIS Hindcast Stations Relative to the Cape Fear Entrance and Measured Data
4.29. Wave Roses Depicting Hindcast and Measured Wave Conditions in the Study Area
4.30. Computed Sediment Transport Patterns along Bald Head Island
4.31. Reaches of the Federal Navigation Channel Which Routinely Shoal with Beach Compatible Material
4.32. USACE Condition Surveys of the Navigation Channel in the Cape Fear Entrance, 2003 to Present.
4.33. Directional Distribution of the Wave Height at the Oak Island ADCP Relative to the Island’s Dominant Shoreline Orientation of 15 Degrees
4.34. Physical Monitoring Data Collected and Published by USACE at the Hot Spot along Caswell Beach
4.35. Overlay of Measured Areas of Chronic Channel Shoaling Along with Predicted Vectors of Sediment Transport
4.36. Sea Level Trends at Southport, NC (1933-2006) – Adapted from the NOAA Online Data Archive
4.37. CAMA Land Use Plan Infrastructure Map

5.1. Predicted MLLW Shoreline after a 9-year Simulation for Each Alternative 
5.2. Predicted Cumulative Sedimentation and Erosion after 9 Years for Alternative 1
5.3. Predicted Cumulative Sedimentation and Erosion after 9 Years for Alternative 2
5.4. Predicted Cumulative Sedimentation and Erosion after 9 Years for Alternative 3
5.5. Predicted Cumulative Sedimentation and Erosion after 9 Years for Alternative 4
5.6. Predicted Cumulative Sedimentation and Erosion after 9 Years for Alternative 5
5.7. Predicted Cumulative Sedimentation and Erosion after 9 Years for Alternative 6
5.8. Estimated MHHW Shorelines after a 9-Year simulation of Each Alternative
5.9. - 5.10 Predicted 3-Year Cumulative Erosion and Sedimentation for the Sand-Filled Tube Groin Plus Beach Fill Scenario & 5.10. Hypothetical Cumulative Volume Changes along the Respective Fill Placement Areas for Project Alternatives 3-6
5.11. Maximum Dune Elevation between Survey Baseline STA 0+00 and 106+00
5.12. Current Habitat Area Mapping and Predicted 9-Yr MHHW Shorelines
5.13. 9-Yr MHHW Alternative #1 Existing Habitat Areas
5.14. 9-Yr MHHW Alternative #1 Predicted Habitat Areas
5.15. 9-Yr MHHW Alternative #2 Existing Habitat Areas
5.16. 9-Yr MHHW Alternative #2 Predicted Habitat Areas
5.17. 9-Yr MHHW Alternative #3 Existing Habitat Areas
5.18. 9-Yr MHHW Alternative #3 Predicted Habitat Areas
5.19. 9-Yr MHHW Alternative #4 Existing Habitat Areas
5.20. 9-Yr MHHW Alternative #4 Predicted Habitat Areas
5.21. 9-Yr MHHW Alternative #5 Existing Habitat Areas
5.22. 9-Yr MHHW Alternative #5 Predicted Habitat Areas
5.23. 9-Yr MHHW Alternative #6 Existing Habitat Areas
5.24. 9-Yr MHHW Alternative #6 Predicted Habitat Areas
5.25. Peak Ebb Tidal Flow Computed following 1-Month Tide Only Simulation under Terminal Groin with 1.2Mcy Beach Fill and Tube Groins Conditions
5.26. Direct Comparison of Peak Flood Velocities for With and Without Terminal Groin Conditions
5.27. Direct Comparison of Peak Ebb Flows for With and Without Terminal Groin Conditions
5.28. - 5.29 Predicted Cumulative Channel Shoaling within the Limits of Baldhead Shoal Channels 1 and 2 after 9 Years for Each Considered Alternative & 5.29. Predicted Change in Channel Shoaling within Baldhead Shoal Channels 1 and 2 relative to that predicted for Alternative 5
5.30. At-Risk Property Assessment Predicted Shorelines, All Alternatives
5.31. At-Risk Property Alternative #1
5.32. At-Risk Property Alternative #2
5.33. At-Risk Property Alternative #3
5.34. At-Risk Property Alternative #4
5.35. At-Risk Property Alternative #5
5.36. At-Risk Property Alternative #6
5.37. Infrastructure Impacts Predicted Shorelines, All Alternatives


APPENDICES
Appendix A. SB151 Legislation
Appendix B. Inlet Management Plan
Appendix C. Scoping Documents
Appendix D. COMMENT‐ RESPONSE ON DEIS
Appendix E. USACE Hydrographic Surveys
Appendix F. BALD HEAD CREEK BORROW SITE EXPANSION AND GEOTECHNICAL ANALYSIS (OLSEN AND ASSOCIATES, INC. APRIL 2014)
Appendix G. BALD HEAD CREEK ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY (Tidewater Atlantic Research, Inc. April 2014) & NC STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE LETTER (July 3, 2014)
Appendix H. Project Design Drawings - Proposed Action (Olsen Associates)
Appendix I. Design Engineering Analysis for Terminal Groin Length
Appendix J. South Amelia Island Terminal Groin – Aerial Photographs
Appendix K. Archaeological Survey and SHPO Letter
Appendix L. Bald Head Island Historic Aerial Imagery
Appendix M. Bird Nesting Data (1984-2011)
Appendix N. TELEMETRY DATA SUMMARY - CAPE FEAR RIVER (Prepared by NC Division of Marine Fisheries)
Appendix O. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: NEARSHORE AND ESTUARINE FISHERIES DATA (NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTH CAROLINA INLETS)
Appendix P. Station Location Map 
Appendix Q. Environmental Consequences Summary Table (by Alternative)
Appendix R. Fish Larvae Response Model
Appendix S. U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE BIOLOGICAL OPINION (6/19/14)
Appendix T. Sea Turtle Nesting Locations (2007-2011)
Appendix U. Understanding the Costs and Benefits of Shoreline Change
Appendix V. Storm Response Simulation
Appendix W. Cumulative Effects Analysis


Draft Environmental Impact Statement

(DEIS) 1/3/2014


NEPA/EIS WORK PLAN

- Originally published 3/20/12


Public Notice - Originally published 3/14/2012

The Wilmington District, Corps of Engineers (Corps) received an application from Dare County for a permit to dredge 2.6 million cubic yards of beach-quality sediments from an offshore borrow source located 1.7 miles east of Cape Hatteras, and deposit the material along approximately 2.9 miles of oceanfront shoreline at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Village of Buxton, in Dare County, North Carolina.

The National Park Service and the Corps are cooperating agencies during the environmental review of this project as part of the project area involves ocean front beach within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The Corps will be the lead agency for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) purposes but will coordinate closely with the Park Service on resource management related issues.

This section contains project reports and documents related to the review of this proposed action.

Questions about this project?  Contact Mr. Raleigh Bland, Project Manager, Washington Field Office

 

 Name of Document  File Size  Date Posted

 SAW-2015-01612-PN      Public Notice     -      Plans 

 0.5MB/ 6MB

 9/18/15

 FINAL Environmental Assessment:  (PDF download in sections)

Part One     -    Part Two    -     Part Three     -     Part Four

 

26MB/ 31MB  13MB/ 6MB

 

10/5/15

Appendix A - Littoral Processes  15MB  10/5/15

Appendix B - Biological Assessment      Part One    -    Part Two

 14MB/ 18MB  10/5/15
Appendix C - Geotechnical Data Report  22MB  10/5/15
Appendix D - EFH Assessment  7MB  10/5/15
Appendix E - Biological Monitoring  13MB  10/5/15
Appendix F - Cultural Resources Report  7MB  10/5/15
Appendix G - Monitoring and Mitigation  26MB  10/5/15
     

 

Figure Eight Island Terminal Groin 



Corps ID # SAW-2006-41158 

Applicant: Figure Eight Island Homeowners Association



Questions about this project? Contact: Mickey Sugg, Regulatory Project Manager

 

 Project Documents
 Name of document  Date posted

Comments Received About the Supplementary EIS

Please note:  Comments that reference attachments will have the attachments hyperlinked and accessible from the email or correspondence within each PDF document.

Agency Comments  -  Individual's Comments 1  & Individual's Comments 2 (Redacted for Privacy, Second file added 1/13/16)  -  Organization's Comments

 

12/17/2015

Links updated 1/8/16; Second individual comments added 1/13/16

9/2/2015 Public Hearing held on September 2, 2015 at the Ogden Elementary School, Wilmington, on the environmental impact report for this project.

  • Presentation on Figure "8" Island Shoreline Management Project           
 9/29/2015

 

Public Notice announcing a Public Hearing and extension of the commenting period on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Figure Eight Island Shoreline Management Project.  Comment Deadline Extension: September 14, 2015

Public Notice for SEIS (comment deadline 8/24/2015 - hyperlink opens to new window)

Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) - July 2015

 

 07/31/2015

 

07/09/2015

DEIS Comments Received August 20, 2012

Agency Comments  -  Organization Comments  -  Individual Comments

Note: Comments submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District (District) regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Figure Eight Island Shoreline Management Project (Action ID 2006-41158) in response to the District’s May 18, 2012 Public Notice. Personally identifying Information that is considered exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C.A 552 (b)(6) has been redacted.

 08/20/2012
Transcript of June 7 Public Hearing: Minutes, Index  07/09/2012
Amended Public Notice to Extend Comment Period  05/31/2012
Public Notice - June 7 Public Meeting Announcement

Plans with Public Notice
 05/18/2012

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)  - NOTE: Due to reported difficulties with the document download capability on this web site, this DEIS is linked to the following "drop box" account for download.  This should facilitate access and speed download. 5/2/13

Link to DEIS download folder

DEIS download #1 (14 MB PDF):  Executive Summary - Table of Contents - Chapter 1 Introduction - Chapter 2 Purpose and Needs - Chapter 3 Project Alternatives - Chapter 4 Affected Environment - Chapter 5 Consequences - Chapter 6 Avoidance and Minimization - Chapter 7 Literature Cited

DEIS download #2 (4 MB Zip):  Appendix A Scoping, Appendix C- Cultural Resources Report, Appendix E- Summary of Impacts Table, Appendix F - CEA

DEIS download #3 (48 MB PDF): Appendix B Engineer Report (without subparts)

DEIS download #4 (7 MB PDF): Appendix B - Subpart A of Engineer Report - Cleary Report (images - without figures)

DEIS download #5 (45 MB PDF):  Appendix B - Subpart A of Engineer Report - Cleary Report Figures

DEIS download #6 (15 MB PDF):  Appendix B - Subpart B of Engineer Report

DEIS download #7 (24 MB PDF):  Appendix D - Geotechnical

 05/23/2012





This request is from the Town of Holden Beach for a terminal groin and beach fill project in waters of the US.  The proposed terminal groin is one component of the Town of Holden Beach’s ongoing comprehensive beach management program, described in the Holden Beach 2009 Beach Management Plan. A terminal groin structure on the eastern end of Holden Beach is an alternative that is being considered as the preferred method to reduce the high erosion losses that have historically occurred at the east end of Holden Beach, in addition to proactive sand management of Lockwoods Folly Inlet.

Questions about this project?  Contact:  Emily Hughes, Regulatory Project Manager

News:  A public hearing to receive public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) will be held at the Holden Beach Town Hall at 110 Rothschild Street, Holden Beach, NC 28462, on September 24th, at 6:00pm.

 

 Project Documents
 Name of document  Date posted
Draft Environmental Impact Statement   8/28/2015
Public Notice announcing DEIS & Public Hearing  8/28/2015
   
Comments Summarized from 3/8/2012 Scoping Meeting 05/08/2013
Historic Aerial Photography of Lockwood Folly Inlet 05/08/2013
Public Notice of Scoping Meeting 05/08/2013
Work Plan 05/08/2013 

 

Ocean Isle Beach Terminal Groin
Corps ID # SAW-2011-01241
This request is from the Town of Ocean Isle Beach for a terminal groin and beach fill project in waters of the US.

The Town is actively seeking shoreline protection measures to mitigate the chronic erosion problem on the east end of the island caused by Shallotte Inlet’s influence on the movement of littoral sediment in the area.

A terminal groin structure on the eastern end of Ocean Isle Beach is an alternative that is being considered as the preferred method to reduce the high erosion losses that have historically occurred at the east end of Ocean Isle Beach, in addition to proactive sand management of Shallotte Inlet.

Questions about this project?  Contact:  Tyler Crumbley, Regulatory Project Manager

 

 Project Documents
 Name of document  Date posted

 Final Environmental Impact Statement

 4/29/2016
   
 Previously published project documents:  

Comments received on the Federal Register publication of the Ocean Isle Shoreline Protection Project;

SAW-2011-01241:   Vol 1      Vol 2    Vol 3

 7/28/2015
 DRAFT - Environmental Impact Statement  1/23/2015
   
 Plan of Study  03/12/2013
 Summary of 10/3/12 Scoping Meeting Comments  10/09/2012
 Public Notice of Scoping Meeting  09/21/2012
 Project Description  09/17/2012

 

 

 

Action ID: 200110096 - Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Phosphate Division, Aurora Operation

Aurora, Beaufort County, North Carolina

This permit was issued.

The Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Phosphate Division, Aurora Operation (PCS) applied for Department of the Army authorization to undertake an approximately 11,909 acre mine advance into an approximately 15,100 acre project area surrounding its current mining operation located north of Aurora, Beaufort County, North Carolina. The proposed expansion would occur over an approximately 37 year period and would impact approximately 4,135 acres of waters of the United States including wetlands adjacent to The Pamlico River, South Creek and Durham Creek. The Purpose and Need for the proposed action is to continue mining its [the applicant’s] phosphate reserve in an economically viable fashion. More specifically, the applicant’s purpose and need is to implement a long-term systematic and cost-effective mine advance within the project area for the ongoing PCS mine operation at Aurora, North Carolina. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Regulatory Division (Corps) has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to examine the impacts of the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action. Specific plans and location information are fully described in the final EIS (FEIS).

PCS Phosphate Company has contacted the Corps of Engineers Wilmington District concerning planned potential impacts to wetlands and waters of the United States, potentially including navigable waters, needed to continue its phosphate mining operations. The location for these potential impacts may be off of NC 306, adjacent to the Pamlico River, South Creek, and associated tributaries, north of Aurora, in Beaufort County, North Carolina.

Project documents

Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) - (download zip archives) Volume 1 (161 MB); Volume 2 - (20 MB); Volume 3 (140MB)