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The Town of Topsail Beach has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant (PA) funding through the North Carolina Emergency Management Agency (NCEMA) as a sub-recipient. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Sub-Applicant: Town of Topsail Beach

Project Title: PW- 1014 / 68564 Topsail Beach Sand Replacement

Location of Proposed Work: Start GPS: 34.39322, -77.59288; End GPS: 34.34858, -77.64843

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is for the replacement of sand on an engineered beach located in the VE flood zone (1% annual chance flood elevation with additional hazards due to storm-induced velocity wave action). Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by Pender County Flood Insurance Rate Map Panels 3720420100J, 3720329100J, 372040200J, 3720329200J, 3720421200J, 3720421300J, and 3720422300J, dated 02/16/2007. The beach is functionally dependent on its location within the floodplain and proximity to water. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work will be to pre-disaster condition, within the engineered beach template. The proposed work will take place in wetland classification M2USN/ M2USP per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory. The actions will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.  

Proposed Work and Purpose: 
The Town of Topsail Beach is requesting funds to replace 312,374CY of compatible sand within the 23,900LF engineered beach template. Sand will be dredged via hydraulic or cutterhead dredge from existing Federal channels within New Topsail Inlet, Topsail Creek, Connector Channels, and Banks Channel. Minimization measures will be implemented by placing sand according to an engineered beach template designed to mimic the natural, homeostatic nature and function of the beach and floodplain. The purpose of this project is to repair the beach to pre-disaster condition in order to provide protection to improved property from flooding and future storm surges, as well as provide a quality beach which supports open space use and the town’s tourism industry. 

Project Alternatives:  
Alternative #1 (no action alternative): If no action is taken to repair this facility, the beach would not be restored to pre-disaster conditions which would adversely impact social and economic resources for the community.  

Comment Period:
Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer 
FEMA Region 4
3003 Chamblee Tucker Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4465-NC-00086 11988 COMMENT].  

All comments are due within 30 days of this notice. 

POSTED ON: June 9, 2020

End of Notice


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