State of Texas coastal nonpoint pollution control program: Environmental assessment
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State of Texas coastal nonpoint pollution control program: Environmental assessment

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    This environmental assessment is prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. to assess the environmental impacts associated with the approval and implementation of the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program (coastal nonpoint program) submitted to NOAA and EPA by the State of Texas. Section 6217 of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA), 16 U.S.C. 1455b, requires states and territories with coastal zone management programs that have received approval under section 306 of the Coastal Zone Management Act to develop and implement coastal nonpoint programs. For purposes of this environmental assessment, the proposed action is the conditional approval of the Texas coastal nonpoint program. The Texas program includes management measures for agricultural, forestry, and marina nonpoint source categories and for protection of wetlands, riparian areas, and vegetated treatment systems and for many aspects of the urban development and hydromodification categories. Texas requested an exclusion for the dryland rowcrop subcategory of the agricultural source category in a portion of its 6217 management area. NOAA and EPA find that the State has provided sufficient justification for this exclusion. NOAA and EPA find that the Texas program meets many of the requirements of section 6217 and their proposed action is to approve the program with conditions. To receive final approval of its program, Texas will need to meet the conditions, which include completing development of certain aspects of its program addressing urban and hydromodification sources and providing a revised legal opinion that the State has the authority that can be used to prevent nonpoint pollution and require management measure implementation, as necessary. NOAA and EPA have determined that the conditional approval of the Texas coastal nonpoint program will not result in any significant environmental impacts different from those analyzed in the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement prepared for the 6217 program and will have an overall beneficial effect on the environment.
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