The USACE New York District has received an application from the New York City Economic Development Corporation to perform maintenance dredging of a marina and entrance channel in Hammond Cove, with open-water disposal of the dredged material at the Western Long Island Sound Disposal Site and at a state-approved upland site.
The proposed work involves mechanical dredging, using an “environmental” clamshell bucket to remove soft sediments, to 5-feet below the plane of Mean Low Water, with 1-foot of overdepth dredging, an approximate total of 10,500 cubic yards from a total area of approximately 7,460 square yards (67,140 square feet).
Independent evaluations of various aspects of the proposed project will be performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New England District, the State of Connecticut, and the State of New York in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.
“The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources,” said USACE in its announcement.
USACE is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, state, and local agencies and officials; Indian Tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity.
Any comments received will be considered by the Corps of Engineers to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal.
The deadline for submitting the comments is June 6, 2019.