[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 118 (Wednesday, June 19, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36753-36754]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-14561]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of Study Initiation.

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SUMMARY: The Congressional response to the devastation in the wake of 
Hurricane Sandy included a mandate to collaborate with federal, state, 
tribal and local government agencies to regionally address the 
vulnerability of coastal populations at risk within the boundaries of 
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) North Atlantic Division. The 
goals of the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study authorized under 
the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, Public Law 113-2, are to (1) 
reduce flood risk to vulnerable coastal populations, and (2) promote 
coastal resilient communities to ensure a sustainable and robust 
coastal landscape system, considering future sea-level rise and climate 
change scenarios. In addition, the Comprehensive Study will identify 
activities warranting further analysis and institutional barriers to 
comprehensive implementation. A draft of the North Atlantic Coast 
Comprehensive Study will be available for public review and comment in 
early 2014 and a final report is due to Congress in January 2015. The 
study will identify those areas warranting more detailed evaluations; 
however, USACE is not authorized to develop designs or implement such 
projects at this time. Although potential environmental impacts will be 
generally evaluated, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 
compliance processes will not be completed due to the scale of the 
study. Full NEPA and other environmental compliance would be required 
as part of future detailed evaluations before any actions could be 
implemented.

ADDRESSES: For media contacts please contact Mr. Justin Ward, U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers, Public Affairs, 302 General Lee Avenue, Brooklyn, 
NY 11252, at justin.m.ward@usace.army.mil or at (347) 370-4550.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Justin Ward, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, Public Affairs.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study 
will include a coastal risk reduction framework, by State, including a 
range of structural, non-structural and programmatic measures for

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approximately 31,000 miles of shore and coastline, planning level cost 
estimates and anticipated risk reduction and benefits per measure. The 
Comprehensive Study will also include storm suite modeling, coastal GIS 
analyses, economic evaluations, an assessment of green infrastructure 
and ecosystem goods and services, regional sediment management and 
climate change and sea-level rise considerations. Additional 
information and a study area map may be found at: http://www.nad.usace.army.mil/CompStudy. Furthermore, interested parties can 
access the Web site and subscribe to receive periodic electronic mail 
updates on the study's progress.

    Dated: June 11, 2013.
Amy M. Guise,
Chief, Planning Division, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers.
[FR Doc. 2013-14561 Filed 6-18-13; 8:45 am]
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