** Public comment period open until November 4, 2016 **
NEW YORK – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announces the availability of the Draft Limited Reevaluation Report and Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Draft HSLRR/SEA) and General Conformity (GC) Determination which supports the draft Statement of Conformity (dSOC) for the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay for Coastal Storm Risk Management, Union Beach, New Jersey for a 30 day review period for the public to submit written comments.
With the passage of Public Law 113-2, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, the Army Corps has been provided the authority and funding to complete ongoing coastal storm risk management projects and studies in the Northeast, including this project.
The Army Corps has evaluated and prepared a Draft HSLRR/SEA for the currently authorized, but unconstructed coastal storm risk management project that was originally designed to provide for beach erosion control and hurricane protection within the Union Beach area of the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay region.
Reports and documents for the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook, Union Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management Study are available for review and downloadable from the Army Corps’ New York District website:
Public comments on the Draft HSLRR/EA should be submitted to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
New York District
Planning Division-Environmental Branch (ATTN: Mr. Matthew Voisine)
26 Federal Plaza
New York, New York 10278-0090
Via E-mail to: Project Biologist Matthew.Voisine@usace.army.mil and Project Planner Karen.Ashton@usace.army.mil
Comments received by November 4, 2016 regarding the Draft HSLRR/SEA will assist in the agency’s evaluation of the project changes and will be reflected in the project record.
All written comments, including contact information, will be made a part of the administrative record, available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Administrative Record, or portions thereof, may also be posted on a Corps of Engineers’ Internet website. Due to resource limitations, this office generally cannot acknowledge receipt of comments or respond to individual letters of comments.
Additionally, the Army Corps will also be conducting a public information meeting on October 20, 2016. Details are as follows:
Memorial Elementary School
221 Morningside Ave.
Union Beach, N.J. 07735
Time: 6 p.m.
Format: Poster board session, followed by a presentation and question and answer session starting at 7 p.m.