The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mobile District, has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Port of Gulfport Expansion Project (PGEP) for 30-day public and agency review.
The FEIS presents the results of the USACE’s analysis of the environmental effects of the proposed project.
If approved, the USACE determined that the PGEP would impact the waters of the United States in the following ways:
- Filling of 196.5 acres of estuarine mud and sand bottom habitat for the expansion of port facilities and permanent conversion of 85 acres to deeper habitat.
- Dredging of approximately 7.68 million cubic yards of material for the expansion of port facilities and deepening of the existing port-maintained turning basin.
- Disposal of dredge sediments in either the Biloxi Marsh Complex Beneficial Use Site, the Pascagoula Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site, the Harrison County Development Commission’s dredged material disposal site, or another approved upland disposal area.
The FEIS is expected to be published in the Federal Register on June 9. The 30-day public and agency review will follow.