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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 16-871


Federal Consistency under the Coastal Zone Management Act; Maintenance Dredging at Shades Beach Launch Ramp

[46 Pa.B. 2622]
[Saturday, May 21, 2016]

 This notice is published under section 306(d)(14) of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C.A. § 1455(d)(14)), regarding public participation during consistency determinations. The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), Coastal Resources Management Program has received notice that Harborcreek Township in Erie County (applicant) is proposing to conduct maintenance dredging at the Shades Beach Launch Ramp facility.

 The applicant has been undertaking maintenance dredging at the Shades Beach Launch Ramp facility under a 10-year maintenance permit that expired on December 15, 2015. Approximately 300—2,400 cubic yards of organic and inorganic sediments have been recovered annually during typical dredging activities. Organic materials are disposed at an upland disposal facility and coarse inorganic material is disposed along the shoreline of Lake Erie east of the mouth of Eight Mile Creek in water depths no greater than -12 feet. The applicant will not conduct dredging activities between September 1 and April 30 of each year. The applicant will also conduct the final 2 years of a 10-year bathymetric monitoring program required under the original permit, 8 years of which have been completed. The requirements for further monitoring will be evaluated in coordination with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Department at the conclusion of that study. The applicant is requesting a 10-year extension of the expired USACE permit along with its previous special conditions.

 This project is subject to Department review for Federal consistency because it is a Federal license and permit activity and will have reasonably foreseeable effects on this Commonwealth's coastal resources or uses.

 In accordance with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulations in 15 CFR Part 930, Subpart D (relating to consistency for activities requiring a Federal license or permit), Harborcreek Township has certified that the proposed activity will be conducted in a manner consistent with the applicable enforceable policies of the Commonwealth's NOAA-approved Coastal Resources Management Program. Interested parties may request a copy of the Federal Consistency Certification from the Department contact listed as follows.

 Questions regarding this review should be directed to Matthew Walderon, Federal Consistency Coordinator, (717) 772-2196 or

 The Department will consider all comments received on or before June 6, 2016, before issuing a final Federal consistency concurrence or objection. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the originator's name and address. Commentators are urged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment system at Written comments should be submitted by e-mail to or by mail to the Department of Environmental Protection, Interstate Waters Office, 400 Market Street, P.O. Box 8465, Harrisburg, PA 17101-8465.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-871. Filed for public inspection May 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]

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