Naval Base San Diego dredging plan unveiled

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Los Angeles District has received an Application for Permit for the Naval Maintenance Dredging of Approach Corridors at the mouth of Chollas Creek and Piers 1-3, 7-8, and Piers 10-13 at Naval Base San Diego (NBSD), San Diego, CA.


The proposed action consists of maintenance dredging of up to 61,937 cubic yards to restore berthing and naval fleeting areas, with upland disposal of unsuitable dredged material at nearby landfills (467 cy) and ocean disposal of suitable dredged material at LA-5 (61,937 cy).

The combined area proposed for dredging work is approximately 11.44 acres with up to 5.0 acres of ocean disposal work at the ODMDS.

The dredged material will be clamshell dredged via a crane barge and then transported via barge to the Mole Pier (unsuitable material) and the suitable material will be towed to the LA-5 ODMDS via barge and discharged at the LA-5 ODMDS.

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.

The benefit, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments.

Corps permits are necessary for any work, including construction and dredging, in the Nation’s navigable water and their tributary waters.