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PN16-63 (Peige Mitigation Bank) 2016-01568 - Baltimore Co.

Posted: 12/7/2016

Expiration date: 1/7/2017


                                                                             Public Notice                       

U.S. Army Corps                             In Reply to Application Number

 bestlogotif

Maryland Department of

the Environment

of Engineers                   NAB-2016-01568-M37 (Peige Mitigation Bank)

Baltimore District                     

PN-16-63                                      Comment Period: December 7, 2016 to January 7, 2017

                                     

THE PURPOSE OF THIS PUBLIC NOTICE IS TO SOLICIT COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC CONCERNING THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF A PRIVATE COMMERCIAL MITIGATION BANKING INSTRUMENT, CONSISTING OF THE ENCLOSED MITIGATION BANK PROSPECTUS FOR THE PROPOSED PEIGE MITIGATION BANK, AND THE POTENTIAL OF THE PROPOSED MITIGATION BANK TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE COMPENSATORY MITIGATION FOR ACTIVITIES AUTHORIZED BY DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY AND STATE OF MARYLAND PERMITS. 

 

At this time, no decision has been made as to whether or not a permit will be issued, or whether the proposed Mitigation Banking Instrument for the Peige Mitigation Site will be approved.  We are requesting comments to determine if approval should be granted for this proposed commercial mitigation banking instrument and associated mitigation bank site for the purpose of providing compensatory mitigation for unavoidable aquatic resource impacts, including wetlands, authorized by Department of the Army and Maryland Department of the Environment permits. 

 

At this time, an application for work in waters of the United States to construct the Peige Mitigation Bank site has not been received.  A preliminary review of the proposal indicates that there may be waters of the United States, including wetlands within the project area.  These areas may be regulated pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the Maryland Nontidal Wetlands Protection Act, and the Maryland Waterway Construction Act, and the work described below may require Department of the Army and Maryland Department of the Environment authorization.  A preliminary review indicates that the proposed work may qualify for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorization under Nationwide Permit (NWP) #27 (Aquatic Habitat Restoration, Establishment, and Enhancement Activities).  NWP #27 has undergone a full public interest review as required by Corps regulations (33 CFR 320.4(a)), and NEPA documentation has been prepared that addresses environmental considerations.

 

A copy of the proposed Prospectus is available at:  http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx

as an attachment to the electronic copy of this public notice.  Those receiving a hard copy of this public notice who desire a copy of the proposed Prospectus may either access the above website link or, may request a hard copy of the document by contacting Mr. Nick Ozburn, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 410.962.6083 (Nicholas.R.Ozburn@usace.army.mil) or Ms. Kelly Neff, Maryland Department of the Environment, Wetlands and Waterways Program at 410.537.4018 (kelly.neff@maryland.gov).  The Prospectus provides a summary of the information regarding the proposed mitigation banking instrument and the Peige Mitigation Bank site in accordance with the Department of Defense/Environmental Protection Agency Final Rule on Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources (33 CFR Parts 325 and 332 and 40 CFR Part 230).

 

 

 

 

Oversight of this mitigation bank will be undertaken by the Maryland Interagency Review Team (IRT), which is comprised of Federal and State regulatory and resource agencies.  The Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers serves as chair of the IRT, and the Maryland Department of the Environmental (MDE) as co-chair the IRT.

 

APPLICANT:  Mr. Jim Morris

                        Ecotone, Inc

            2120 High Point Road

            Forest Hill, Maryland 21050

 

WATERWAY AND LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED WORK:  The proposed mitigation bank is located in Middle River, Baltimore County, Maryland (39°19’43.41” N, ‑76º22’44.77” W). 

The proposed mitigation bank will involve wetland re-establishment and enhancement activities in existing wetlands and uplands of the Seneca Creek Watershed.  The proposed bank comprises approximately 10 acres of a 59.4 acre site

 

BANK DESCRIPTION:  The proposed Peige Mitigation Bank would provide compensatory mitigation for unavoidable wetland impacts for projects authorized by the Corps and MDE.  The proposed mitigation bank would involve the re-establishment and enhancement of existing wetlands within an approximate 10 acre bank site.  The goal of the proposed mitigation bank involves the restoration of approximately 10 acres of non-tidal forested wetlands and the enhancement of 1,000 square feet of non-tidal forested wetlands.  Additionally, the mitigation bank proposes the overall protection and preservation of the approximate 10 acre bank site.  All areas comprising the proposed Peige Mitigation Bank would receive long term protection through a legal conservation instrument.  The proposed geographic service area for the bank is the Gunpowder-Patapsco River Basin (Federal 8 digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 02060003).   

 

WORK REQUIRING DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY AND MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AUTHORIZATION: A preliminary jurisdictional determination has been performed for the proposed mitigation bank site.  The mitigation bank construction may permanently and/or temporarily impact potential jurisdictional waters and wetlands through the discharge of dredged and/or fill material, including grading activities.  A site visit conducted by representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the IRT on May 17, 2016, indicates that the proposed work may impact jurisdictional waters of the United States, including wetlands, and may qualify for Corps authorization under NWP #27 and an MDE authorization.  The project proposes permanent impacts to 2,109 square feet nontidal emergent wetland, temporary impacts to 1,000 square feet nontidal emergent wetland, temporary impact to 46,893 square feet nontidal wetland buffer, and impacts to 33,341 square feet 100-year floodplain.  The proposed work must be approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and MDE prior to regulated construction activities commencing.

 

SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS:

 

Written comments concerning the activity described above must be submitted directly to the District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, CENAB-OP-RMN Attn: Mr. Nick Ozburn, 10 S. Howard St., Baltimore, Maryland, 21201, and/or Attn: Ms. Kelly Neff, Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 430, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1708, within the comment period as specified above to receive consideration.

 

The purpose of this proposed mitigation bank is to provide compensatory mitigation for future unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources that result from activities permitted by the Corps under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and MDE under the Maryland Nontidal Wetlands Protection Act and the Maryland Waterways Construction Act.  The mitigation bank would be used to comply with special conditions for compensatory mitigation of permitted projects by providing in-kind compensation for authorized aquatic resource impacts.  The mitigation bank may only be used for future projects after all appropriate and practicable steps to avoid and minimize adverse impacts to aquatic resources, including wetlands and streams, have been demonstrated.  Remaining unavoidable

 

aquatic resource impacts must be compensated to the extent appropriate and practicable. The utilization of approved and established mitigation banks with available credits is given preference to

other forms of compensatory mitigation in the hierarchy of potential mitigation options as contained in the Final Rule on Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources. 

 

The final mitigation banking instrument does not provide ultimate Department of the Army or MDE authorization for specific future projects impacting waters of the United States; exclude such future projects from any applicable statutory or regulatory requirements; or preauthorize the use of credits from the bank for any particular project.  The Corps and MDE provide no guarantee that any particular individual or general permit will be granted authorization to use this Mitigation Bank to compensate for unavoidable aquatic resource impacts associated with a proposed permit, even though compensatory mitigation may be available within the defined service area.

 

The decision whether to approve this mitigation bank and issue a permit for the impacts to waters of the United States will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts including cumulative impacts of the proposed bank on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources.  The benefit which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments.  All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered including the cumulative effects, thereof; among those are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, cultural values, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, flood plain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people.

 

A preliminary review of this application indicates that the proposed work will not affect listed species or their critical habitat pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, as amended.  As the evaluation of this proposal continues, additional information may become available which could modify this preliminary determination.   Review of the latest published version of the National Register of Historic Places indicates that there is a nearby site eligible for inclusion (The Scott-Andrew House, located south of the proposed mitigation property).  However, in a letter dated January 20, 2016, the Maryland Department of Planning indicated that after reviewing the Phase I Archaeological Report, the proposed mitigation bank would have no effect on the historic site.  The Corps concurs with this determination.  Currently unknown archeological, scientific, prehistoric, or historical data may be lost or destroyed by the work to be accomplished under the requested permit for the mitigation bank construction.  As the evaluation of this proposal continues, additional information may become available which could modify this preliminary determination.

 

The applicant must obtain any State or local government permits which may be required.  

 

If you have any questions concerning this matter, or require a hardcopy of the Prospectus, please contact Mr. Nick Ozburn, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 410.962.6083 (Nicholas.R.Ozburn@usace.army.mil) or Ms. Kelly Neff, Maryland Department of the Environment, Wetlands and Waterways Program at 410.537.4018 (kelly.neff@maryland.gov).  

 

It is requested that you communicate the foregoing information concerning the proposed work to any persons known by you to be interested and not being known to this office, who did not receive a copy of this notice.

 

bestlogotif                       Public Notice                       

U.S. Army Corps           In Reply to Application Number

 

Maryland Department of

the Environment

of Engineers                   NAB-2016-01568-M37 (Peige Mitigation Bank)

Baltimore District                     

PN-16-63          Comment Period: December 7, 2016 to January 7, 2017

                                     

THE PURPOSE OF THIS PUBLIC NOTICE IS TO SOLICIT COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC CONCERNING THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF A PRIVATE COMMERCIAL MITIGATION BANKING INSTRUMENT, CONSISTING OF THE ENCLOSED MITIGATION BANK PROSPECTUS FOR THE PROPOSED PEIGE MITIGATION BANK, AND THE POTENTIAL OF THE PROPOSED MITIGATION BANK TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE COMPENSATORY MITIGATION FOR ACTIVITIES AUTHORIZED BY DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY AND STATE OF MARYLAND PERMITS. 

 

At this time, no decision has been made as to whether or not a permit will be issued, or whether the proposed Mitigation Banking Instrument for the Peige Mitigation Site will be approved.  We are requesting comments to determine if approval should be granted for this proposed commercial mitigation banking instrument and associated mitigation bank site for the purpose of providing compensatory mitigation for unavoidable aquatic resource impacts, including wetlands, authorized by Department of the Army and Maryland Department of the Environment permits. 

 

At this time, an application for work in waters of the United States to construct the Peige Mitigation Bank site has not been received.  A preliminary review of the proposal indicates that there may be waters of the United States, including wetlands within the project area.  These areas may be regulated pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the Maryland Nontidal Wetlands Protection Act, and the Maryland Waterway Construction Act, and the work described below may require Department of the Army and Maryland Department of the Environment authorization.  A preliminary review indicates that the proposed work may qualify for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorization under Nationwide Permit (NWP) #27 (Aquatic Habitat Restoration, Establishment, and Enhancement Activities).  NWP #27 has undergone a full public interest review as required by Corps regulations (33 CFR 320.4(a)), and NEPA documentation has been prepared that addresses environmental considerations.

 

A copy of the proposed Prospectus is available at:  http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx

as an attachment to the electronic copy of this public notice.  Those receiving a hard copy of this public notice who desire a copy of the proposed Prospectus may either access the above website link or, may request a hard copy of the document by contacting Mr. Nick Ozburn, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 410.962.6083 (Nicholas.R.Ozburn@usace.army.mil) or Ms. Kelly Neff, Maryland Department of the Environment, Wetlands and Waterways Program at 410.537.4018 (kelly.neff@maryland.gov).  The Prospectus provides a summary of the information regarding the proposed mitigation banking instrument and the Peige Mitigation Bank site in accordance with the Department of Defense/Environmental Protection Agency Final Rule on Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources (33 CFR Parts 325 and 332 and 40 CFR Part 230).

 

 

 

 

Oversight of this mitigation bank will be undertaken by the Maryland Interagency Review Team (IRT), which is comprised of Federal and State regulatory and resource agencies.  The Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers serves as chair of the IRT, and the Maryland Department of the Environmental (MDE) as co-chair the IRT.

 

APPLICANT:  Mr. Jim Morris

                           Ecotone, Inc

   2120 High Point Road

   Forest Hill, Maryland 21050

 

WATERWAY AND LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED WORK:  The proposed mitigation bank is located in Middle River, Baltimore County, Maryland (39°19’43.41” N, ‑76º22’44.77” W). 

The proposed mitigation bank will involve wetland re-establishment and enhancement activities in existing wetlands and uplands of the Seneca Creek Watershed.  The proposed bank comprises approximately 10 acres of a 59.4 acre site

 

BANK DESCRIPTION:  The proposed Peige Mitigation Bank would provide compensatory mitigation for unavoidable wetland impacts for projects authorized by the Corps and MDE.  The proposed mitigation bank would involve the re-establishment and enhancement of existing wetlands within an approximate 10 acre bank site.  The goal of the proposed mitigation bank involves the restoration of approximately 10 acres of non-tidal forested wetlands and the enhancement of 1,000 square feet of non-tidal forested wetlands.  Additionally, the mitigation bank proposes the overall protection and preservation of the approximate 10 acre bank site.  All areas comprising the proposed Peige Mitigation Bank would receive long term protection through a legal conservation instrument.  The proposed geographic service area for the bank is the Gunpowder-Patapsco River Basin (Federal 8 digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 02060003).   

 

WORK REQUIRING DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY AND MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AUTHORIZATION: A preliminary jurisdictional determination has been performed for the proposed mitigation bank site.  The mitigation bank construction may permanently and/or temporarily impact potential jurisdictional waters and wetlands through the discharge of dredged and/or fill material, including grading activities.  A site visit conducted by representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the IRT on May 17, 2016, indicates that the proposed work may impact jurisdictional waters of the United States, including wetlands, and may qualify for Corps authorization under NWP #27 and an MDE authorization.  The project proposes permanent impacts to 2,109 square feet nontidal emergent wetland, temporary impacts to 1,000 square feet nontidal emergent wetland, temporary impact to 46,893 square feet nontidal wetland buffer, and impacts to 33,341 square feet 100-year floodplain.  The proposed work must be approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and MDE prior to regulated construction activities commencing.

 

SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS:

 

Written comments concerning the activity described above must be submitted directly to the District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, CENAB-OP-RMN Attn: Mr. Nick Ozburn, 10 S. Howard St., Baltimore, Maryland, 21201, and/or Attn: Ms. Kelly Neff, Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 430, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1708, within the comment period as specified above to receive consideration.

 

The purpose of this proposed mitigation bank is to provide compensatory mitigation for future unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources that result from activities permitted by the Corps under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and MDE under the Maryland Nontidal Wetlands Protection Act and the Maryland Waterways Construction Act.  The mitigation bank would be used to comply with special conditions for compensatory mitigation of permitted projects by providing in-kind compensation for authorized aquatic resource impacts.  The mitigation bank may only be used for future projects after all appropriate and practicable steps to avoid and minimize adverse impacts to aquatic resources, including wetlands and streams, have been demonstrated.  Remaining unavoidable

 

aquatic resource impacts must be compensated to the extent appropriate and practicable. The utilization of approved and established mitigation banks with available credits is given preference to

other forms of compensatory mitigation in the hierarchy of potential mitigation options as contained in the Final Rule on Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources. 

 

The final mitigation banking instrument does not provide ultimate Department of the Army or MDE authorization for specific future projects impacting waters of the United States; exclude such future projects from any applicable statutory or regulatory requirements; or preauthorize the use of credits from the bank for any particular project.  The Corps and MDE provide no guarantee that any particular individual or general permit will be granted authorization to use this Mitigation Bank to compensate for unavoidable aquatic resource impacts associated with a proposed permit, even though compensatory mitigation may be available within the defined service area.

 

The decision whether to approve this mitigation bank and issue a permit for the impacts to waters of the United States will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts including cumulative impacts of the proposed bank on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources.  The benefit which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments.  All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered including the cumulative effects, thereof; among those are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, cultural values, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, flood plain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people.

 

A preliminary review of this application indicates that the proposed work will not affect listed species or their critical habitat pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, as amended.  As the evaluation of this proposal continues, additional information may become available which could modify this preliminary determination.   Review of the latest published version of the National Register of Historic Places indicates that there is a nearby site eligible for inclusion (The Scott-Andrew House, located south of the proposed mitigation property).  However, in a letter dated January 20, 2016, the Maryland Department of Planning indicated that after reviewing the Phase I Archaeological Report, the proposed mitigation bank would have no effect on the historic site.  The Corps concurs with this determination.  Currently unknown archeological, scientific, prehistoric, or historical data may be lost or destroyed by the work to be accomplished under the requested permit for the mitigation bank construction.  As the evaluation of this proposal continues, additional information may become available which could modify this preliminary determination.

 

The applicant must obtain any State or local government permits which may be required.  

 

If you have any questions concerning this matter, or require a hardcopy of the Prospectus, please contact Mr. Nick Ozburn, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 410.962.6083 (Nicholas.R.Ozburn@usace.army.mil) or Ms. Kelly Neff, Maryland Department of the Environment, Wetlands and Waterways Program at 410.537.4018 (kelly.neff@maryland.gov).  

 

It is requested that you communicate the foregoing information concerning the proposed work to any persons known by you to be interested and not being known to this office, who did not receive a copy of this notice.

 

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