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Corps of Engineers proposes maintenance dredging of York Harbor Federal Navigation Project in York, Maine

Published Jan. 30, 2015

CONCORD, Mass. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District is proposing maintenance dredging of the York Harbor Federal Navigation Project in York, Maine.


The proposed work involves maintenance dredging to remove shoals in the two 8-foot-deep anchorages and portions of the 10-foot-deep channel. Approximately 80 percent of the anchorages have shoaled in, to depths as shallow as -3 feet mean lower low water (MLLW). These shoals are the result of natural shoaling. The shoals are hindering navigational access and compromising vessel safety. Both commercial fishing boats and recreational boats are moored in the harbor. The town of York has requested this project be maintained.


“The proposed work consists of maintenance dredging of about 42,000 cubic yards of primarily fine-grain sand, silt, and clay, with more coarse-grain sand and gravel from the channel, returning the Federal project to its authorized dimensions,” said Project Manager Jack Karalius, of the Corps’ New England District, Programs/Project Management Division in Concord, Mass.


The work will be performed by a private contractor, using a mechanical dredge and scows, under contract to the government. The dredge will remove the material from the bottom of the harbor and place it in scows which will be towed by tug to the Cape Arundel Disposal Site, about 14 miles away, where the material will be released. The work will be accomplished over about a two-to-four month period, between about Nov. 1 and May 15, of the year or years in which funding becomes available.


The last time the harbor was dredged was in 1996 when approximately 48,000 cubic yards of sediment were mechanically removed from the anchorages, and placed at the Cape Arundel Disposal Site.


Proposed work is being coordinated with: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; National Marine Fisheries Service; Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry; Maine Coastal Program; Maine Department of Marine Resources; Maine State Historic Preservation Office; the Penobscot Nation; and the town of York. An Environmental Assessment is being prepared and will be available for review upon request.  


The public notice for this proposed work, with more detailed information, is available for review on the Corps website at: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/navigation/pubnot2.asp.


Public comments on this proposed work should be forwarded no later than Feb. 28, 2015 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Programs/Project Management Division (ATTN: Mr. Jack Karalius), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751 or by email to nae-pn-nav@usace.army.mil.

Tim Dugan

Release no. 2015-010