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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 17-1623


Federal Consistency under the Coastal Zone Management Act; Deploy Temporary Buoys in the Schuylkill River

[47 Pa.B. 6125]
[Saturday, September 30, 2017]

 This notice is published under section 306(d)(14) of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C.A. § 1455(d)(14)), regarding public participation during consistency determinations. The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), Coastal Resources Management Program has received notice that the City of Philadelphia—Bartram's Garden is proposing to deploy temporary buoys in the Schuylkill River to display local tidal changes for educational purposes.

 The proposed project will consist of 7 1/2-inch diameter hard styrofoam fishing industry buoys, strung in lengths of 6 feet on 1/8-inch stainless steel wire rope with stainless steel thimble and ferrule hardware. The buoy strands will be attached to anchor weights placed on the riverbed. The colored buoys will submerge in sequence as the tide flows and re-emerge as the tide ebbs to provide a visualization of the tidal change for observers. A total of 310 buoys will be deployed in 13 locations within the open waters of the Schuylkill River within the City of Philadelphia for a total proposed impact of 1,217 linear feet. The temporary display will be in place for a maximum of 2 years. The applicant is seeking Federal authorization from the United States Army Corps of Engineers to complete the project.

 This project is subject to Department review for Federal consistency because it is a Federal license and permit activity and will have reasonably foreseeable effects on this Commonwealth's coastal resources or uses.

 In accordance with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulations in 15 CFR Part 930, Subpart D (relating to consistency for activities requiring a Federal license or permit), the City of Philadelphia—Bartram's Garden has certified that the proposed activity will be conducted in a manner consistent with the applicable enforceable policies of the Commonwealth's NOAA-approved Coastal Resources Management Program. Interested parties may request a copy of the Federal Consistency Certification from the Department contact listed as follows.

 Questions regarding this review should be directed to Matthew Walderon, Federal Consistency Coordinator, at (717) 772-2196 or

 The Department will consider all comments received no later than October 10, 2017, before issuing a final Federal consistency concurrence or objection. All comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the originator's name and address. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's eComment system at Written comments may be submitted by e-mail to or by mail to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-1623. Filed for public inspection September 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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