NOTICE OF PROPOSED SECTION 401 WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION
HAWAII STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
File No. WQC0851
DOCKET NO. WQC0851
April 2, 2018
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) proposes to issue a Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC), which includes conditions and requirements, to City and County of Honolulu (CCH), Department of Design and Construction (DDC) for its Mauna Lahilahi Beach Park Rock Revetment Project for Application for the Department of the Army (DA), Standard Permit (IP) under File No. POH-2010-00248 to be authorized under Clean Water Act (CWA, 33 U.S.C. 1344), Section 404, and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (RHA, 33 U.S.C. 403).
The Owner information is as follows:
Owner: City and County of Honolulu (CCH),
Department of Design and Construction (DDC)
Facilities Division (FD)
Contact: Mr. Clifford Lau, Chief, Facilities Division
Phone: (808) 768-8478
Fax No (808) 768-4000
The scope of this project includes building a new rock revetment along the shoreline to replace the existing sandbag revetment. The north end of the revetment will be moved seaward to provide a runup and drainage zone for waves that enter through the breakwater gap and overtop the revetment. The revetment toe will be in the ocean below mean higher high water (MHHW).
The receiving State waters are classified by the DOH as Marine Waters, Class A, for Embayment. It is the objective of Class A waters that their use for recreational purposes and aesthetic enjoyment be protected. Any other use shall be permitted as long as it is compatible with the protection and propagation of fish, shellfish, and wildlife, and with recreation in and on these waters. These waters shall not act as receiving waters for any discharge which has not received the best degree of treatment or control compatible with the criteria established for this class. No new sewage discharges will be permitted within embayments. No new industrial discharges shall be permitted within embayments with some exceptions.
Based on an evaluation of the Section 401 WQC Application, the supporting information, which are relevant to water quality considerations, and when all requirements and conditions contained in this proposed Section 401 WQC are fully complied with, there is a reasonable assurance that the discharges resulting from the proposed construction activities will be conducted in a manner which will not violate the applicable water quality standards and will comply with the applicable provisions of CWA, Sections 301, 302, 303, 306, and 307.
This proposed Section 401 WQC shall expire two (2) years from the date of issuance or when the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation Plan for the section of the marine waters is established by the DOH and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or until the applicable WQS are revised or modified, or DA IP (File No. POH-2010-00248) is modified, revoked, suspended, or expired, or when the project related construction activities are completed, whichever is earlier. If the applicable WQS is revised or modified, before the proposed expiration date, and such that the activity complies with the revisions or modifications to the WQS, this Section 401 WQC shall continue to be valid for the remainder of the two-year period.
The Director may, upon receipt of written request from CCH-DDC administratively extend the expiration date of the issued Section 401 WQC. The request shall be submitted at least 30 calendar days before the Section 401 WQC expires and shall include appropriate color photographs demonstrating that the project is in fact under physical construction or submit a document that demonstrates the project is under the contract to construct and the purpose of extending the expiration date is to allow the contractor to complete the project construction.
Persons wishing to comment upon or object to the proposed determinations or request a public hearing should submit their comments or request in writing no later than 30 calendar days from the date of this notice either in person or by mail, to:
Clean Water Branch
Environmental Management Division
Department of Health
2827 Waimano Home Road, Room 225
Pearl City, Oahu, Hawaii 96782
Copies of the application, proposed Section 401 WQC and other information on file are available for public inspection, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:45 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., at the DOH office address shown above. Copies may be bought. The application and proposed Section 401 WQC are also available on the Internet at:
http://health.hawaii.gov/cwb/site-map/home/public-notices-and-updates and on the WPC Viewer located at: http://eha web.doh.hawaii.gov/wpc-viewer. For more information or if you have special needs due to disability that will aid you in inspecting and/or commenting on the public notice permit and related information, please contact Mr. Darryl Lum, Supervisor of the Engineering Section, at the above address or (808) 586-4309 (Voice) at least seven (7) calendar days before the comment deadline. For those who use a TTY/TDD, please call through Sprint Relay Hawaii, at 1-711 or 1-877-447-5991.
All written comments and requests received on time will be considered. If the DOH determines that there is significant public interest, a public hearing may be held after at least 30 calendar days of public notice.
If the DOH’s position is substantially unchanged, after considering all timely written comments and all oral comments at any public hearing that may be held, the DOH will issue or deny the Section 401 WQC, as appropriate, and this action will be final.
Please notify anyone you know who would be interested in this matter.
VIRGINIA PRESSLER, M.D.
Director of Health