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Categorical Exclusion Determinations: B3.16

Existing Regulations

B3.16: Research activities in aquatic environments
Small-scale, temporary surveying, site characterization, and research activities in aquatic environments, limited to: (a) Acquisition of rights-of-way, easements, and temporary use permits; (b) Installation, operation, and removal of passive scientific measurement devices, including, but not limited to, antennae, tide gauges, flow testing equipment for existing wells, weighted hydrophones, salinity measurement devices, and water quality measurement devices; (c) Natural resource inventories, data and sample collection, environmental monitoring, and basic and applied research, excluding (1) large-scale vibratory coring techniques and (2) seismic activities other than passive techniques; and (d) Surveying and mapping. These activities would be conducted in accordance with, where applicable, an approved spill prevention, control, and response plan and would incorporate appropriate control technologies and best management practices. None of the activities listed above would occur within the boundary of an established marine sanctuary or wildlife refuge, a governmentally proposed marine sanctuary or wildlife refuge, or a governmentally recognized area of high biological sensitivity, unless authorized by the agency responsible for such refuge, sanctuary, or area (or after consultation with the responsible agency, if no authorization is required). If the proposed activities would occur outside such refuge, sanctuary, or area and if the activities would have the potential to cause impacts within such refuge, sanctuary, or area, then the responsible agency shall be consulted in order to determine whether authorization is required and whether such activities would have the potential to cause significant impacts on such refuge, sanctuary, or area. Areas of high biological sensitivity include, but are not limited to, areas of known ecological importance, whale and marine mammal mating and calving/pupping areas, and fish and invertebrate spawning and nursery areas recognized as being limited or unique and vulnerable to perturbation; these areas can occur in bays, estuaries, near shore, and far offshore, and may vary seasonally. No permanent facilities or devices would be constructed or installed. Covered actions do not include drilling of resource exploration or extraction wells.

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  • August 22, 2016

    Development of Optimal Control for three different WEC Devices
    Award Number: DE-EE0007173
    CX(s) Applied: B3.16
    Water Power Program
    Date: 8/2/2016
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 11, 2016

    The Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS)
    Award Number: DE-EE0006518
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.16
    Water Power Program
    Date: 8/9/2016
    Location(s): OR
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 20, 2016

    Model Validation and Site Characterization for Early Deployment Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) Sites and Establishment of Wave Classification Scheme – Wave Instrumentation Deployment; NEPA Tracking No. 16-017
    Award Number: DE-AC36-08GO28308
    CX(s) Applied: B3.16
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    Date: 07/13/16
    Location(s): OR
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 26, 2016

    Unobtrusive Multi-static Serial LiDAR Imager (UMSLI) for Wide-area Surveillance and Identification of Marine Life at MHK Installations
    Award Number: DE-EE0006787
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.3, B3.16
    Water Power Program
    Date: 05/19/2016
    Location(s): FL
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 11, 2016

    Enabling Sustainable Landscape Design for Continual Improvement of Operating Bioenergy Supply Systems
    Award Number: DE-EE0007088
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.16, B5.15
    Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 03/08/2016
    Location(s): MD
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • October 29, 2015

    Ouagga Mussel Study Funding
    CX(s) Applied: B3.16
    Date: 10/29/2015
    Location(s): Nevada
    Offices(s): Bonneville Power Administration

  • August 3, 2015

    Icebreaker Foundation Engineering & Assessment
    Award Number: DE-EE0006714
    CX(s) Applied: B3.16
    Wind Program
    Date: 08/03/2015
    Location(s): OH
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 17, 2015

    Advanced Laboratory and Field Arrays (ALFA) for Marine Energy
    Award Number: DE-EE0006816
    CX(s) Applied: B3.16
    Water Power Program
    Date: 06/17/2015
    Location(s): OR
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 4, 2015

    Hydro Research Foundation University Research Awards - HRF - University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Award Number: DE-EE0002668/EE0006506
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.16, B3.6
    Water Power Program
    Date: 06/04/2015
    Location(s): MA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 1, 2014

    Hydro Research Foundation - Duke
    Award Number: DE-EE0006506
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B3.16
    Date: 12/01/20147
    Location(s): CO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • October 29, 2014

    Hydrothermal Liquefaction Pathways for Low-Nitrogen Biocrude from Wet Algae
    Award Number: DE-EE0006635
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.16, B3.6
    Date: 10/29/2014
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • September 3, 2014

    One-Step Super Emitters for High Efficiency Solar Cells
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Date: 09/03/2014
    Location(s): Arkansas
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Award Number: DE-EE0006691

  • September 3, 2014

    New England Aqua Ventus I - 100% Hull Design
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B3.16
    Date: 09/03/2014
    Location(s): Maine
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office
    Technology Office: Wind Program
    Award Number: DE-EE0006713

  • May 28, 2014

    Hydro Research Foundation University Research Awards- Cornell
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.16
    Date: 05/28/2014
    Location(s): New York
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 14, 2013

    Advances in the Recovery of Uranium from Seawater: Studies under Real Ocean Conditions
    CX(s) Applied: B3.16
    Date: 11/14/2013
    Location(s): Massachusetts
    Offices(s): Idaho Operations Office

  • September 13, 2013

    Characterizing the Response of the Cascadia Margin Gas Hydrate Reservoir to Climate Change
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.11, B3.16
    Date: 09/13/2013
    Location(s): Washington
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 12, 2013

    Deepwater Offshore Bat and Avian Monitoring Program
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.16
    Date: 08/12/2013
    Location(s): Maine
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 3, 2013

    Outdoor, Small-and Pilot-Scale Research and Development
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B1.24, B3.4, B3.6, B3.8, B3.11, B3.16
    Date: 07/03/2013
    Location(s): Tennessee
    Offices(s): Oak Ridge Office

  • June 17, 2013

    Characterization of Pliocene and Miocene Formations in the Wilmington Graben, Offshore Los Angeles
    CX(s) Applied: B3.16
    Date: 06/17/2013
    Location(s): California
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • May 23, 2013

    Chesapeake Light Tower Survey, Assessment, and Cost Estimate
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.16
    Date: 05/23/2013
    Location(s): Virginia
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 6, 2013

    Gulf Offshore Wind Project
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.6, B3.16
    Date: 02/06/2013
    Location(s): Texas
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 17, 2013

    Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.16
    Date: 01/17/2013
    Location(s): Virginia
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 13, 2012

    Advancement of the Kinetic Hydropower System (KHPS) to DOE TRL 7/8
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B3.16
    Date: 12/13/2012
    Location(s): New York
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 5, 2012

    Partial Validation of Coupled Models and Optimization of Materials for Offshore Wind Structures
    CX(s) Applied: B3.3, B3.16, B5.18
    Date: 11/05/2012
    Location(s): Maine
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • September 27, 2012

    Gas Hydrate Dynamics on the Alaskan Beaufort Continental Slope: Modeling and Field Characterization
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.16
    Date: 09/27/2012
    Location(s): Alaska
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory