Environmental Assessment, North Shoreline Channel Cameras Towers, Texas Port Security Grant Program (April 2012)
The purpose of the Port Security Grant Program is to provide for activities which help to enhance the security and safety of ports in the United States. The Port of Corpus Christi is one of the top four U.S. strategic seaports for the Department of Defense for deploying combat forces overseas. There are currently no intruder deterrence or detection devices in a remote area at the upper end of the inner harbor channel. The Port of Corpus Christi needs to improve maritime domain awareness by providing continuous surveillance along 3.5 miles of unprotected shoreline. This is important because the shoreline is a potential direct route for terrorist attack on the oil and chemical dock facilities along the inner harbor channel. This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations to implement NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508), and FEMA’s regulations implementing NEPA (44 CFR Part 10). FEMA is required to consider potential environmental impacts before funding or approving actions and projects. The purpose of this EA is to analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project. FEMA will use the findings in this EA to determine whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).