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The RC Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (RC PEIS)

To increase efficiency and reduce redundancy in conducting NEPA analyses for a large number of federal actions, we developed a Programmatic Environmental Assessment in 2002 and a supplemental analysis (SPEA) in 2006. These documents covered the majority of potential environmental impacts from commonly-implemented project types. The SPEA was created to account for the evolution of type, scope, and overall number of restoration projects we implemented, as well as to create efficiencies in our environmental review and documentation of NEPA decisions. To account for further changes in the scope and scale of our projects, including our significant beneficial impacts to the coastal environment, we completed a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) in June of 2015.  This was followed by our Record of Decision, signed July 20, 2015.

We use the RC PEIS to provide timely, complete analysis of the environmental impacts of our restoration activities.  All projects that receive NEPA documentation under the RC PEIS are evaluated through a multi-step process involving habitat restoration specialists, independent agency NEPA experts, and the RC’s top officials.   To enhance transparency, a list of projects that received their NEPA documentation under the RC PEIS is available below.

Throughout the development of our PEIS, we sought the input of our stakeholders in the restoration community and the interested public during a three-year process.  Now that the RC PEIS is complete, interested parties can send questions or comments to rc.compliance@noaa.gov and these comments will be included in scoping future NEPA documents for the RC.

Projects Reviewed under the RC PEIS

Project Name

State

Applicant

Project Type

Review Completed

Toussaint Wildlife Area Coastal Wetland Restoration and Fish Passage OH Ducks Unlimited Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 1/30/2017
Unpaved Road Stabilization - Culebra, Puerto Rico  PR Protectores de Cuencas Road Upgrading/Decommissioning; Trail Restoration 1/9/2017
Building Coral Resilience through Restoration in Miami-Dade County, Florida FL Univeristy of Miami  Reef Restoration- Coral 12/15/2016
Carver Cotton Dam Removal and Satucket River Restoration Project MA Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Division of Ecological Restoration Fishways- Technical or Nature-like 12/12/2016
Kilisut Harbor Tidal Restoration Project WA Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 12/8/2016
Martin Slough Instream Enhancement and Flood Reduction Project CA Redwood Community Action Agency Freshwater Stream Channel Restoration 12/8/2016
Hunter Pond Dam Removal and Bound Brook Restoration Project MA The Town on Scituate Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 12/8/2016
Parkers River Tidal Restoration Project MA Town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 12/8/2016
South San Francisco Bay Mountain View Restoration Project CA Ducks Unlimted Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 12/8/2016
Teanaway Community Forest Aquatic Restoration Project WA Confederated tribes and bands of the Yakama Nation Planning, Feasibility Studies, Design Engineering, and Permitting 12/8/2016
Wetland and Stream Restoration in He'eia, O'ahu (Hawaii) HI The Nature Conservancy Invasive Species Control 12/7/2016
Restoring Streams in Wahikuli Watershed, Hawaii HI Coral Reef Alliance  Freshwater Stream Bank Restoration and Erosion Reduction 12/5/2016
Muskegon Lake Mill Debris Restoration Project MI Great Lakes Commission Debris Removal 11/18/2016
Toussaint Wildlife Area Coastal Wetland Restoration and Fish Passage OH Ducks Unlimited Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 11/18/2016
Black Creek Marsh Coastal Wetland Restoration MI Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority Freshwater Stream Channel Restoration 11/4/2016
Toussaint Wildlife Area Coastal Wetland Restoration and Fish Passage OH Ducks Unlimited Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 9/30/2016
Buffalo River Toe of Katherine Street Peninsula Restoration Project NY Great Lakes Commission Debris Removal 9/29/2016
Choptank River Complex Habitat Restoration-Virginia Tributary Additions VA National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Reef Restoration- Shellfish 8/30/2016
Maine Headwaters Project - East Branch Lake Fish Passage ME Atlantic Salmon Federation Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 8/25/2016
Maine Headwaters Project - East Machias River Fish Passage ME Atlantic Salmon Federation Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 8/9/2016
Coastal Resiliency Assessment Study in Six U.S. Watersheds National National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Environmental Education Programs, Partnerships; Training Programs 7/26/2016
Mariposa Creek Fish Passage Feasibility Analysis CA Sonoma  County Water Agency Planning, Feasibility Studies, Design Engineering, and Permitting 6/24/2016
Illabot Creek Restoration WA Skagit River System Cooperative Freshwater Stream Channel Restoration 6/24/2016
Lake Okonoka Habitat Restoration Final Engineering and Design MI Friends of the Detroit River Planning, Feasibility Studies, Design Engineering, and Permitting 6/24/2016
Barstow's Pond Dam Removal MA Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 6/20/2016
Toussaint Wildlife Area Coastal Wetland Restoration and Fish Passage OH Ducks Unlimited Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 6/20/2016
Lost Coast Diversity Strata CA Trout Unlimited Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 6/17/2016
Pennington Creek Steelhead Barrier Removal Project  CA Trout Unlimited Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 6/17/2016
Tack Factory Dam Removal MA North and South Rivers Watershed Association, Inc. Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 6/17/2016
Benbow Dam Removal CA California State Parks Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 6/17/2016
Stony Island Habitat Restoration Project in Detroit Michigan MI Friends of Detroit River Species Enhancement 6/17/2016
Accelerating Recovery across Puget Sound WA The Nature Conservancy  Planning, Feasibility Studies, Design Engineering, and Permitting 6/17/2016
The Sacramento River Willow Bend Preserve Salmonid and Floodplain Restoration Project CA River Partners Planning, Feasibility Studies, Design Engineering, and Permitting 6/17/2016
Muskegon Lake- Lower Muskegon River MI The Great Lakes Commission Wetland Restoration- Fringing Marsh and Shoreline Stabilization 6/17/2016
Muskegon River Restoration at Veterans Memorial Park Design Project MI Great Lakes Commission Invasive Species Control 6/17/2016
Sheepscot River Barrier Removal ME Atlantic Salmon Federation Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 6/17/2016
Winter Lake Restoration Project OR The Nature Conservancy Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 6/17/2016
Willamette River Floodplain Restoration - Lower Middle Fork OR The Nature Conservancy Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 6/17/2016
Hawkins Creek Living Shoreline NC North Carolina Coastal Federation Wetland Restoration- Fringing Marsh and Shoreline Stabilization 6/17/2016
Herring River Restoration Project MA Friends of Herring River Planning, Feasibility Studies, Design Engineering, and Permitting 6/17/2016
Active Coral Propagation - FL FL Coral Restoration Foundation Reef Restoration- Coral 6/17/2016
Unpaved Road Stabilization - Culebra, Puerto Rico  PR Protectores de Cuencas Road Upgrading/Decommissioning; Trail Restoration 6/17/2016
Oyster Restoration Phase II - Pamlico Sound, NC NC North Carolina Coastal Federation  Reef Restoration- Shellfish 6/15/2016
Coonamessett River Restoration  MA Town of Falmouth Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 6/10/2016
Buffalo River Fest Park in-water habitat Restoration NY Great Lakes Comission  Freshwater Stream Bank Restoration and Erosion Reduction 6/10/2016
Buffalo River Blue Tower Turning Basin Restoration Project NY Great Lakes Comission  Freshwater Stream Bank Restoration and Erosion Reduction 6/10/2016
PHASE II Maumee AOC - Howard Farms Wetland Restoration Project OH Ducks Unlimited  Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 6/10/2016
Culebra Unpaved Road Stabilization - Coronel  PR Horsley Witten Group  Road Upgrading/Decommissioning; Trail Restoration 6/6/2016
Coral active propagation - USVI and PR PR Sea Ventures Species Enhancement 6/6/2016
Seeding reefs with Diadema antillarum - Puerto Rico PR Sea Ventures Species Enhancement 6/3/2016
Building Resiliency in the PR Northeast Reserves by Addressing LBSP, Restoring Coral Reef Habitat  PR Protectores de Cuencas, Inc.  Road Upgrading/Decommissioning; Trail Restoration 5/23/2016
Grounding Response - PR and USVI PR Sea Ventures Reef Restoration- Coral 5/18/2016
Sponsorship of Fish Passage 2016: International Conference on River Connectivity MA University of Massachusetts Amherst Environmental Education Programs, Partnerships; Training Programs 5/18/2016
Maryland Oyster Restoration Habitat Creation FY2016-2018 MD Maryland Department of Natural Resources Reef Restoration- Shellfish 5/12/2016
A Partnership to Advance Coastal Resiliency, Climate Adaptation, and Protection and Restoration of Fish Habitat National Restore America's Estuaries Environmental Education Programs, Partnerships; Training Programs 5/12/2016
Penobscot River Restoration Monitoring ME The Nature Conservancy Monitoring- Fish and Wildlife 5/12/2016
Willamette River Floodplain Restoration - Turtle Flats and Lower Coast Fork OR The Nature Conservancy Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 5/12/2016
Muskegon Lake- Lower Muskegon River design and permitting MI Great Lakes Comission Wetland Restoration- Fringing Marsh and Shoreline Stabilization 5/12/2016
Building Resiliency in the Puerto Rico Northeast Reserves PR Protectores de Cuencas, Inc Reef Restoration- Coral 4/27/2016
Newport River Living Shoreline NC North Carolina Coastal Federation Wetland Planting 4/21/2016
Benbow Dam Removal CA California State Parks Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 3/30/2016
Lemon Creek Wetland Restoration Project FL Lemon Bay Conservancy Planning, Feasibility Studies, Design Engineering, and Permitting 3/30/2016
Indian River Lagoon Preserve Impoundment Restoration FL St. Johns Water Management District Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 3/29/2016
Mill Creek Dam Fish Passage Project CA Trout Unlimited Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 3/17/2016
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Living Shoreline NC North Carolina Coastal Federation Wetland Restoration- Fringing Marsh and Shoreline Stabilization 3/16/2016
Hammocks Beach State Park Living Shoreline NC North Carolina Coastal Federation Wetland Restoration- Fringing Marsh and Shoreline Stabilization 3/16/2016
New Dump Island Living Shoreline NC North Carolina Coastal Federation Wetland Restoration- Fringing Marsh and Shoreline Stabilization 3/16/2016
Springer's Point Living Shoreline NC North Carolina Coastal Federation Wetland Restoration- Fringing Marsh and Shoreline Stabilization 3/16/2016
Trinity Center Living Shoreline NC North Carolina Coastal Federation Wetland Restoration- Fringing Marsh and Shoreline Stabilization 3/16/2016
Patapsco River Restoration - Bloede Dam Removal MD American Rivers Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 12/16/2015
Timber (Allen) Dam Removal / Amethyst Brook Restoration Project MA MA DER Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 11/20/2015
Expanding Demand for Living Shorelines in North Carolina NC North Carolina Coastal Federation, Inc. Planning, Feasibility Studies, Design Engineering, and Permitting 11/18/2015
Green Cay Gut Stabilization in Saint Croix East End Marine Park, USVI  VI Horsley Witten Group  Freshwater Stream Bank Restoration and Erosion Reduction 11/18/2015
Mid-Spencer Island Dike Breach WA Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 11/12/2015
Exeter Great Dam Removal NH Town of Exeter Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 11/10/2015
Lemon Creek Wetland Restoration Project FL Lemon Bay Conservancy Planning, Feasibility Studies, Design Engineering, and Permitting 11/10/2015
Muddy Creek Restoration Bridge MA Town of Harwich Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 11/10/2015
Restoring Critical Ecosystem Function to the Eel River  CA Humboldt County Resource Conservation District Wetland Restoration- Sediment Removal 11/10/2015
Muskegon River Restoration at Veterans Memorial Park Design Project MI Great Lakes Commission Wetland Restoration- Sediment Removal 11/9/2015
Clinton River Spillway Habitat Restoration  MI Macomb County Public Works Office Invasive Species Control 10/27/2015
Blackstone Brook Culvert Replacement ME The Atlantic Salmon Federation and The Nature Conservancy Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 9/29/2015
Mattamiscontis Loop Road Fish Passage Restoration Projects ME The Nature Conservancy Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 9/29/2015
Mark West Creek Habitat Enhancement and Dam Removal Design Project CA Sonoma  County Water Agency Planning, Feasibility Studies, Design Engineering, and Permitting 9/11/2015
Terwer Creek Stream and Riparian Enhancement Project CA Yurok Tribe Freshwater Stream Channel Restoration 9/11/2015
Muskegon Lake Wetland Restoration Project - Bear Creek MI Great Lakes Commission Wetland Restoration- Sediment Removal 8/31/2015
Smith Island Estuarine Restoration WA Snohomish County, WA Wetland Restoration- Levee and Culvert Removal 8/24/2015
Ed Bill's Pond Dam Removal CT American Rivers Fish Passage- Dam and Culvert Removal/Modification 8/21/2015