The RIM, Green Book, and ITM set forth a tiered approach to testing proposed dredge sediments for open water disposal under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. This approach requires the proposed dredge sediment be shown to be suitable for disposal starting with simple, inexpensive tests. The Marine Analysis Section of the Regulatory Division will prepare Sampling and Analysis Plans (SAPs) for applicants that follow this tiered approach. The data produced by a SAP will be used to determine if the sediment is suitable for disposal as proposed and the decision will be recorded in a Suitability Determination (SD).
To request a SAP, contact the New England District Regulatory Division at 978-318-8335, as the request is part of the permit application process.