The Hingham Shipyard Marinas, LLC is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, to dredge an existing boat basin located in the Weymouth Back River at 24 Shipyard Drive in Hingham, Massachusetts.
The proposed work involves maintenance dredging of two areas in an existing boat basin, which have a total of 4.3 acres, to -7 feet mean lower low water (MLLW), with 1 foot overdredge. The basin was last dredged in 1951.
Approximately 10,800 cubic yards of sandy and silty materials will be mechanically dredged and disposed of at the Massachusetts Bay Disposal Site (MBDS). The proposed work is necessary to restore safe navigation and to give the marina access to, and use of, the waterway, USACE said.
The dredging portion of this project will impact approximately 4.3 acres of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for various species and life stages.
Further consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding EFH conservation recommendations is being conducted and will be concluded prior to the final permit decision, USACE said.