USA: Chatham Seeks Corps Permit for Dredging Program
The town of Chatham is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, to conduct work in waters of the United States in conjunction with dredging and disposal of dredge material in Chatham, Mass.
The town of Chatham proposes dredging and the discharge of dredged material below the high tide line of waters of the United States for the dredging of seven waterway sites and disposal of dredge material at 17 disposal sites in the town of Chatham.
Six of the proposed dredge sites have been previously permitted by the Corps and are, therefore, maintenance dredging sites. One of the dredge sites is new dredging. Also, two of the dredge sites are Federal Navigation Projects maintained by the Corps.
All of the proposed disposal sites have been previously permitted by the Corps. Fourteen of the disposal sites are beach nourishment sites and three of the disposal sites are nearshore sites. The total amount of proposed dredging is 336,850 cubic yards.
Dredging would be performed by both mechanical and hydraulic means. The purpose of this Corps permit review is to bring all of the town’s dredging and disposal activities under one comprehensive permit. This will provide the town the flexibility they need to dredge and nourish the highest priority areas and allow for effective and efficient use of town resources.
The permit will be valid for 10 years.
Press Release, May 1, 2013