[Federal Register Volume 61, Number 208 (Friday, October 25, 1996)]
[Notices]
[Pages 55311-55312]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 96-27399]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs


Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final Environmental 
Impact Statement for the Proposed Swinomish Marina, LaConner, 
Washington

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (SFEIS) 
for the proposed Swinomish Marina at LaConner, Washington, is now 
available for public review.

DATES: A Record of Decision will be issued after November 24, 1996. 
Public comments will be accepted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, pursuant to the Section 10/
404 and Swinomish Tribal Coastal Zone Management Permit applications, 
until November 18, 1996.

ADDRESSES: Comments on the Section 10/404 Permit application may be 
addressed to Mr. Jack Gossett, Project Manager, Regulatory Branch, U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box C-3755, Seattle, Washington 98124-
2255. Comments on the Swinomish Tribal Coastal Zone Management Permit 
application may be sent to the Natural Resources Manager, Planning 
Department, Swinomish Tribal Community, P.O. Box 817, LaConner, 
Washington 98257.
    Copies of the SFEIS are available for review at (1) the Office of 
the Portland Area Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 911 NE 11th 
Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232-4169; (2) the Puget Sound Agency, Bureau 
of Indian Affairs, 3006 Colby Avenue, Everett, Washington 98201; and 
(3) the Swinomish Office of Planning and Community Development, 
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, 950 Moorage Way, LaConner, 
Washington 98257. A limited number of individual copies of the SFEIS 
may also be obtained from this last address, or by calling that office 
at (503) 466-3163.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jim LeBret, Team Leader, 
Resources, Environmental and Regulatory Compliance, Portland Area 
Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 
97232-4169, telephone (503) 231-6749, FAX (503) 231-2275.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is 
proposing to develop a 1200 slip salt water marina and related upland 
support facilities on the Swinomish Indian Reservation in Skagit 
County,

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Washington. The purpose of the project is to establish an economic base 
for the Swinomish Indian Tribe, meet regional demands for boat moorage, 
and restore historic intertidal habitat conditions. The proposed 
development is situated along the western shore of the Swinomish 
Channel, immediately south of State Route 20. The 239.8 acre project 
site is comprised of three elements: (1) the marina basin (57.8 acres); 
(2) the wetland mitigation site (62.8 acres); and (3) the upland 
commercial site (119.2 acres).
    The project involves the excavation of approximately 1,800,000 
cubic yards of silty sandy material from existing agricultural fields 
and from 4.9 acres of palustrine wetlands. The excavated material will 
be disposed on site and used to develop the upland commercial site. The 
project will include the dredging of 4.92 acres and filling of 4.67 
acres of palustrine wetland. Mitigation will include the creation of 
22.2 acres of new intertidal wetland and the enhancement, by 
reintroducing tidal conditions, of another 40.6 acres.
    This document is supplemental to both a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (DEIS) prepared in 1987, and a supplement to the 1987 DEIS, 
prepared in 1992 (SDEIS). These two previous documents examined a 
preferred alternative of developing a marina within a tidal flat on 
tribal land, a second alternative to develop a marina on the site 
described in the 1996 document, and a third, no action alternative. The 
conclusion reached in the 1992 SDEIS was to pursue as ``preferred'' the 
second alternative, and abandon the plan to develop the tidal flat as 
described in the original, 1987 DEIS. The net effect of the change in 
alternatives will produce approximately 62.8 acres of restored wetland, 
tidal flat and inter-tidal habitat.
    This notice is published pursuant to 1501.7 of the Council on 
Environmental Quality Regulations, 40 CFR parts 1500-1508, implementing 
the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended (42 USC 4371 et. seq.), Department of the Interior 
Manual (516 DM 106), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to 
the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.

    Dated: October 18, 1996.
Ada E. Deer,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 96-27399 Filed 10-24-96; 8:45 am]
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