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Housatonic River dredging finished early

USACE, New England
Published April 3, 2018
District contractor Cashman Dredging performs work on the Housatonic River.

District contractor Cashman Dredging performs work on the Housatonic River.

The New England District team and its contractor, Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Company, LLC of Quincy, Massachusetts, completed dredging a portion of the Housatonic River Federal Channel in Connecticut two months ahead of schedule.  The project, originally estimated to cost $9.3 million, came in under budget.  The state of Connecticut is the project sponsor.

“The project was finished in December,” said Project Manager Erika Mark.  “Our dredge window was October 1 through March 31, so that is the time frame the contractor had to get the work done.  They began dredging in mid-October and finished in December so there was plenty of time to spare.”

A total of 273,881 cubic yards of clean, fine grain sand was dredged from the channel.  As an added benefit, 228,064 cubic yards of that material was placed onto Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut to nourish the eroding beach, located 33 miles from the dredge site.

Besides project manager Erika Mark, other team members that contributed to the success of this project were retired Project Manager Jack Karalius, Valerie Cappola, Fred Pike, Ray Goff, Megan Cullen, Jeff Preston and Jeff Gaeta.

New England District Team members are familiar with the Housatonic River with the first project occurring in 1871.  Since then, the District has made several improvements to facilitate navigation for commercial and recreational vessels.

The Pawcatuck River Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study

   This proposed plan is presented  to facilitate public involvement in the review and commenting on the remedy selection process for the Nantucket Memorial Airport (NMA) Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS.) 
    The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a No Action under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act for the Munitions Response Site-1, Project Number D01MA049901 at NMA located on Nantucket Island, MA.  The proposal was prepared using the Guide to Preparing Superfund Proposed Plans, Records of Decision, and Other Remedy Selection Decision Documents (USEPA, 1999).
    The final decision for NMA Site-1 site will be made after reviewing and considering all information submitted during the public comment period. The proposed decision may be modified based on new information or public comments. The public is encouraged to review and comment on the proposed plan.
    The FUDS program addresses the potential explosives safety, health, and environmental issues resulting from past munitions use at former defense sites under the Department of Defense (DoD) Military Munitions Response Program, established by the U.S. Congress under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program.  
    FUDS only applies to properties that transferred from DoD before October 17, 1986 and the first priority of USACE is the protection of human health, safety, and the environment. 
    The Army is the executive agent for the FUDS Program, and USACE is the lead agency for investigation/reporting and remedial decision-making at this munitions site with regulatory support provided by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

Updated: 05 December 2016