By Civil Engineering Unit Cleveland
Sector Field Office Fort Macon
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has prepared this EA to evaluate the potential environmental impacts from constructing a new Multi-Mission Station Facility (hereafter referred to as the Multi-Mission Building [MMB]); demolishing selected existing onshore facilities; and permanently homeporting an 87’ coastal patrol boat (CPB) at Station Fort Macon. Collectively, these activities constitute the Proposed Action evaluated in this EA. Construction of the MMB would replace multiple onshore buildings at Station Fort Macon that were damaged during Hurricane Florence in September 2018, including the Station Building. Personnel and functions at Station Fort Macon would be relocated to the new MMB upon its completion, and the selected onshore facilities would be demolished. The 87 CPB would be relocated from USCG Base Portsmouth (Virginia) and permanently homeported at Station Fort Macon to remedy the current absence of patrol boats in the Sector North Carolina area of responsibility (AOR).
The USCG’s Proposed Action consists of three primary components: 1) construct and operate a new, 30,780-gross square foot (GSF) MMB; 2) demolish existing facilities at Station Fort Macon that do not meet USCG resistance and resiliency requirements, and remove temporary office trailers at the station, following completion of the proposed MMB; and 3) permanently homeport an 87-foot CPB at Station Fort Macon. The Proposed Action would meet applicable USCG requirements for vessel homeporting and onshore facilities and bring Station Fort Macon to FOC.