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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-1222



Federal Consistency under the Coastal Zone Management Act; Schuylkill River Trail Extension (56th to 61st Streets)

[50 Pa.B. 4615]
[Saturday, September 5, 2020]

 This notice is published under section 306(d)(14) of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA) (16 U.S.C.A. § 1455(d)(14)), regarding public participation during consistency determinations. The Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) Coastal Resources Management Program has received notice that the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (Applicant) is proposing the Schuylkill River Trail Extension (56th to 61st Streets) project in the City of Philadelphia.

 The Applicant is proposing the construction of a 12-foot wide asphalt trail approximately 1,850 linear feet long, a fishing dock and an observation deck along the Schuylkill River between 56th Street and 61st Street in the City of Philadelphia. The project will also include the removal of existing impervious surfaces and limited site clearing. The project will have a total limit of disturbance of 131,559 square-feet (3.02 acres). The existing site is primarily pervious area with various concrete pads and bulkheads along the edge of the Schuylkill River. The properties surrounding the site are zoned medium and heavy industrial and undeveloped or developed with industrial uses. The project is being constructed on undeveloped portions of the subject properties. The fishing pier is being constructed above an existing deck. At the riverside of the proposed pier five 16-inch diameter steel pipe piles will be driven into the ground below the mean high-water (MHW) and the mean low water elevations. The decking material for the elevated overlook is perforated metal grating and is located above the MHW elevation. The overlook is supported by columns set on a concrete pile cap supported by four steel pipe piles. Disturbance is proposed at the MHW elevation for one of the concrete pile caps and associated steel pipe piles. Eighteen square-feet of permanent disturbance is proposed below the MHW line. The remainder of the proposed structure is above the MHW line. The decking material for the elevated overlook is perforated metal grating and is located above the MHW elevation.

 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 section 307 of the CZMA (16 U.S.C.A. § 1456) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulations at 15 CFR Part 930, Subpart D (relating to consistency for activities requiring a Federal license or permit), Schuylkill River Development Corporation 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 can be directed to Matthew Walderon, Federal Consistency Coordinator, at or (717) 772-2196.

 The Department will consider all comments received on or before Monday, September 21, 2020, before issuing a final Federal consistency concurrence or objection. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. All comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the commentator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment tool at or by e-mail to Written comments can be mailed to the Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, 400 Market Street, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-1222. Filed for public inspection September 4, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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