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Portland Harbor Commission seeking permit to dredge in Portland Harbor and Fore River, Maine

USACE, New England District
Published June 23, 2020

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District has received a permit application from the Portland Harbor Commission for dredging of Rye Harbor and Fore River in Portland and South Portland, Maine.

The proposed work involves the dredging of accumulated sediment at 47 separate waterfront sites including 21 piers, 10 marinas, a public boat launch, and a commercial barge landing. Two of the sites will directly affect mapped eelgrass beds. The applicant proposed compensation measures seeking to lessen the project's impact on aquatic resources by either restoring eelgrass in Portland Harbor and Casco Bay or a prorated purchase of credits from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Fund (Maine’s In-Lieu-Fee program).

The proposed work will be coordinated with federal and state agencies. The dredging events are expected to take place for at least five seasons and between November 1st and March 15th of any year. The Public Notice with more detailed information, is available for review on the Corps website: https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Portals/74/docs/regulatory/PublicNotices/2020/NAE-2020-00214-PN.PDF

Public comments on this proposed work should be forwarded no later than July 23, 2020 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Maine Project Office 442 Civic Center Drive, Suite 350, Attn: Colin Greenan, Augusta, Maine 04330; or by email to colin.m.greenan@usace.army.mil. Please reference file # NAE-2020-00214.

Sally Rigione

Release no. 20-055