October 23, 2013
USFWS releases S-curves beach nourishment
draft compatibility determination for public review
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the draft compatibility
determination for the S-Curves beach nourishment interim protection for
Highway 12 project to the public for review and comment until Nov.
The work proposed will be conducted on Pea Island
National Wildlife Refuge. Comments are being sought on the benefits and
impacts from issuing a permit to allow beach nourishment as a one-time
solution for interim protection of Highway 12 while a permanent bridge
across the area in northern Rodanthe is being planned and constructed.
wildlife refuges are required by law to determine the compatibility of
any proposed non-wildlife dependent use with the mission of the
national wildlife refuge system and the purpose for which a particular
refuge was established.
Mike Bryant, manager of Pea Island refuge, found the beach nourishment project “compatible” on a one-time basis.
reviewing the available information and according to my best
professional judgment, I find that the Phase IIb Beach Nourishment
project affecting Refuge beach and as requested by NCDOT can be found
compatible with the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System and
the purpose for establishing Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on a
one-time basis,” he wrote. “This determination is conditional upon full
compliance with all terms and provisions of the Special Use Permit,
including an unconditional commitment to the Refuge monitoring program
The conditions that USFWS placed on the permit include the suitability of the sand source.
draft compatibility statement says, “Approval of the requested use to
place 1,126,104 yards of sand on 8,685 linear feet of refuge beach can
be granted only if the borrow source material is within the range of
suitability with natural beach sand. Sand suitability for any disposal
action is determined by the refuge manager and will be based upon
standards that are known to have minimal impact on refuge resources and
with opportunity for recovery of marine invertebrates.”
added, “The mission of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is to
protect migratory birds and other native wildlife and their breeding
grounds and habitat for the benefit of the American people,” said
refuge manager Mike Bryant. He added, “We want the community to
be informed about the work being proposed and to have an opportunity to
weigh in on the pros and cons of that work.”
If you wish
to review the Draft Compatibility Determination, copies are available
at the refuge administrative office at 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, on
the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge web site at http://www.fws.gov/peaisland,
and at the Dare County Public Libraries. Written comments may be
sent to: Refuge Manager, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, P.O.
Box 1969, Manteo, NC 27954 or e-mailed to [email protected].
comments must be submitted no later than close of business (4 p.m.) on
Nov. 8. If you need additional information, please contact Refuge
Biologist Dennis Stewart at 252- 473-1131, ext. 231.
Carolina Department of Transportation’s most recent estimate is that
the nourishment project will be completed next April.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Click here to read the draft compatibility survey for beach nourishment at the S-curves.