Environmental Assessment for Black Walnut Point Communications Tower, Tilghman Island, Talbot County, Maryland (March 2013)
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) applied for and was awarded funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Port Security Grant Program to facilitate the collection and distribution of radar track data and video as a means of protecting commercial shipping and other vessel traffic using, approaching or leaving the Port of Baltimore. The proposed action is the construction of a new communications tower to support maritime surveillance equipment in Talbot County, Maryland. The purpose of the project is to provide the NRP with the capability to detect and track small vessels moving on the Chesapeake Bay and their relationship to commercial shipping. This EA has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the President’s Council on Environmental Quality regulations to implement NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Part 1500 through 1508), and FEMA’s regulations implementing NEPA (44 CFR Part 10).