Skip to Content

Notice

Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble

AGENCY:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice of intent to evaluate and notice of availability of final findings.

SUMMARY:

The NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) announces its intent to evaluate the performance of the Hudson River (New York) National Estuarine Research Reserve and the California Coastal Commission Coastal Management Program.

The Coastal Zone Management Program evaluation will be conducted pursuant to section 312 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended (CZMA) 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 CZMA and regulations at 15 CFR Part 921, Subpart E and Part 923, Subpart L. The CZMA requires continuing review of the performance of states with respect to coastal program implementation. Evaluation of Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves requires findings concerning the extent to which a state 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. Start Printed Page 68416

Each evaluation will include a site visit, consideration of public comments, and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public. A public meeting will be held as part of the site visit. 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.

Dates and Times:

The Hudson River (New York) National Estuarine Research Reserve evaluation site visit will be held December 1-4, 2008. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Norrie Point Environmental Center, 256 Norrie Point Way, Staatsburg, New York.

The California Coastal Commission evaluation site visit will be held December 8-12, 2008. Two public meetings will be held during the week. The first public meeting will be held on Monday, December 8, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Ventura County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, California. The second public meeting will be held on Friday, December 12, 2008, at 9 a.m. at San Francisco City Hall, Legislative Chamber Room 250, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, California.

ADDRESSES:

Copies of states' most recent performance reports, as well as OCRM's evaluation notification and supplemental information request letters to the states, 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 held for a Program. Please direct written comments to Kate Barba, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. When the evaluation is completed, OCRM will place a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Final Evaluation Findings.

End Preamble Start Supplemental Information

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice is hereby given of the availability of the final evaluation findings for the Florida, Alaska, and Alabama Coastal Management Programs (CMP) and the San Francisco Bay (CA) National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). Sections 312 and 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA), as amended, require a continuing review of the performance of coastal states with respect to approval of CMPs and the operation and management of NERRs.

The states of Florida, Alaska, and Alabama were found to be implementing and enforcing their federally approved coastal management programs, addressing the national coastal management objectives identified in CZMA Section 303(2)(A)-(K), and adhering to the programmatic terms of their financial assistance awards. The San Francisco Bay NERR was found to be adhering to programmatic requirements of the NERR System.

Copies of these final evaluation findings may be obtained upon written request from: Kate Barba, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or Kate.Barba@noaa.gov.

Start Further Info

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kate Barba, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, (301) 563-1182.

Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog 11.419 Coastal Zone Management Program Administration.

Start Signature

Dated: November 4, 2008.

Christopher C. Cartwright,

CFO/CAO, NOAA's National Ocean Service.

End Signature End Further Info End Supplemental Information

[FR Doc. E8-27256 Filed 11-17-08; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 3510-22-P