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Posted 9/24/2015

Release no. 2015-086


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Tim Dugan
978-318-8264
cenae-pa@usace.army.mil

CONCORD, Mass. – At the request of the city of Milford, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District is proposing maintenance dredging of portions of the Milford Harbor Federal Navigation Project in Milford, Conn. The proposed work involves removal of approximately 14,000 cubic yards of sandy material from portions of the 10-foot channel of the Federal navigation project in Milford Harbor.

 

“Natural shoaling processes and storm events have reduced available depths in the 10-foot-deep entrance channel in Milford Harbor to as shallow as –1 foot mean lower low water,” said Project Manager Jack Karalius, of the Corps’ New England District, Programs and Project Management Division in Concord, Mass. “Given these conditions and current vessel drafts, shoaling within the project is limiting safe navigation.”

 

Without dredging, channel conditions will continue to deteriorate, which will deter and/or interfere with the use of the river and harbor by recreational and commercial vessels. Contingent upon receiving the necessary approvals, maintenance dredging will be completed by the government-owned special purpose dredge, the Currituck, or a similar dredge.

 

The dredged material will be placed in the nearshore environment, in an area approximately 1,500 feet long by 1,000 feet wide, off of Bayview Beach in Milford, approximately one mile to the east. The Corps favors using the nearshore placement areas option because it is environmentally-sound, cost-effective and keeps the clean sediments in the littoral system.

 

An Environmental Assessment for this work is being prepared and will be available for review upon request. The material to be dredged has undergone physical and chemical analyses.

 

Proposed work is being coordinated with: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; National Marine Fisheries Service; U.S. Coast Guard; Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Office of Long Island Sound Programs; Connecticut Department of Agriculture (Bureau of Aquaculture and Laboratory Services); Connecticut Historical Commission; Mohegan Tribe; Mashantucket Pequot Tribe; and the city of Milford Harbor Management Commission.

 

The public notice with more details is online at: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/PublicNotices.aspx.

Public comments on this proposed work should be forwarded no later than Oct. 24, 2015 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Programs and Project Management Division (ATTN: Mr. Jack Karalius), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751 or by email to nae-pn-nav@usace.army.mil.