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Final Public Notice: Goose Creek State Park FEMA Project

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Final Public Notice: Goose Creek State Park FEMA Project

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through the North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub-recipient.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives and to provide public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.


Sub-Applicant: N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Project Title: Goose Creek State Park Boardwalk & Beach Erosion

Location of Proposed Work:

  • Flatty Creek Trail (latitude: 35.47439 to 35.47391; longitude: -76.92670 to -76.92710)
  • Goose Creek Trail (35.46925, -76.91523)
  • Ivey Gut Trail Section 1 (35.47460, -76.91298)
  • Ivey Gut Trail Section 2 (latitude: 35.47578 to 35.47581; longitude: -76.91796, -76.91813)
  • Palmetto Boardwalk Trail (latitude: 35.47299 to 35.48464; longitude: -76.90738 to -76.93450)
  • Swim Beach (35.46081, -76.90089)

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone (SFHA):

This project is for repairs to the Goose Creek State Park boardwalk and swim beach, which are located in an AE Zone. Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by Beaufort County Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps: 3720660200K and 3720662200K, dated 11/30/18. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by similar flooding events due to its location within an AE Zone. The proposed work will take place in wetland classification Freshwater Forested/Shrub Wetland per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory. The actions will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources plans to utilize contracts and force accounts for repairs to the Goose Creek State Park boardwalk and swim beach to restore the facility back to pre-disaster design, capacity and function. Repairs will consist of removal and replacement of 16 LF boardwalk sections, as well as replacement of 831.83 CY of native sand for beach restoration. Restoration of Goose Creek State Park to pre-disaster condition will promote open-space usage within the surrounding community and restore a local resources for recreational and economic benefits.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (no action): The "no action" alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on Goose Creek State Park because access would continue to deteriorate. The park functions as a crucially important economic and recreational resource. Additionally, the park promotes the natural and beneficial values served by the floodplain, inspires open space usage in the surrounding communities and protects improved property from storms.

Alternative #2 (relocation): The relocation alternative is not practicable as the boardwalks and swim beach are a functionally dependent aspect of Goose Creek State Park. Boardwalks provide access for recreational guests throughout the park, and the swim beach provide an economic benefit to both the park and surrounding communities.

Comment Period: 

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer
FEMA Region 4
3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, GA 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-01694 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: November 6, 2019