Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), DOC.
Notice of intent to evaluate.
The NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) announces its intent to evaluate the performance of the Chesapeake Bay-Virginia National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Guam Coastal Zone Management Program.
The Coastal Zone Management Program evaluation will be conducted pursuant to section 312 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA), as amended and regulations at 15 CFR part 923, subpart L. The National Estuarine Research Reserve evaluation will be conducted pursuant to sections 312 and 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA), as amended and regulations at 15 CFR part 921, subpart E and part 923, subpart L.
The CZMA requires continuing review of the performance of states and territories with respect to coastal program and research reserve program implementation. Evaluation of Coastal Zone Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves requires findings concerning the extent to which a state or territory has met the national objectives, adhered to its Coastal Management Program document or Reserve final management plan approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance awards funded under the CZMA.
The evaluations will include a site visit, consideration of public comments, and consultations with interested Federal, state, territory and local agencies and members of the public. Public meetings will be held as part of the site visits.
Notice is hereby given of the dates of the site visits for the listed evaluations, and the dates, local times, and locations of the public meetings during the site visits.
The Chesapeake Bay-Virginia National Estuarine Research Reserve evaluation site visit will be held April 28-30, 2003. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be on Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at 7 p.m., in the Wilson House Seminar Room, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, Virginia.
The Guam Coastal Zone Management Program evaluation site visit will be held April 15-26, 2003. One public meeting will be held during the site visit. The public meeting will be on Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at 6 p.m., in the Governor's Cabinet Conference Room, Adelup, Guam. Copies of states' and territories' most recent performance reports, as well as OCRM's notifications and supplemental request letters to the states and territories, are available upon request from OCRM. Written comments from interested parties regarding these Programs are encouraged and will be accepted until 15 days after the last public meeting. Please direct written comments to Ralph Cantral, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th floor, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. When the evaluations are completed, OCRM will place a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Final Evaluation Findings.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ralph Cantral, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, (301) 713-3155, Extension 118.Start Signature
(Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog 11.419
Coastal Zone Management Program Administration)Start Printed Page 11067
Dated: March 3, 2003.
Jamison S. Hawkins,
Acting Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management.
[FR Doc. 03-5472 Filed 3-6-03; 8:45 am]
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