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Final Public Notice: Hammocks Beach State Park FEMA Project

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Final Public Notice: Hammocks Beach 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: Hammocks Beach State Park Recreation Damage

Location of Proposed Work:

  • Kayak docks (34.66965, -77.14287)
  • Wooden walkway (34.633611, -77.138188)

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is for repairs to two kayak docks and a walkway, which are located in a Floodplain. Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the Onslow County Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Numbers: 3720535300J, 3720536200J, dated 11/03/2005. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work will be installed within existing bodies of water but will have no effect on the local floodplain. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by similar flooding events due to its location within a Floodplain. As such, measures have been identified to protect these facilities against future flooding events, as well as minimize the short-term and long-term impacts on the floodplain.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources used force account and contracts to replace two kayak docks, three wood planks, and 240 square feet of wooden walkway. A priority of this project is to minimize the impact of floods on human health, safety, or welfare and increase the useful life of the structure or facility.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (no action alternative): The "no action" alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on Hammocks Beach State Park as kayak docks are functionally dependent on being located on the water, and the walkway provides beach access, thus facilitating open space use.

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-01979 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 15 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: October 15, 2019