Presentations held on Port Everglades deepening project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District conducted online presentations regarding its proposed Port Everglades Harbor project Jan. 21 and continues to solicit public comment on its related Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

The Port Everglades deepening project is designed to meet future growth of commerce due to the global adaptation of post-Panamax scale ships.

The authorized plan calls for deepening and widening various segments of the harbor, the reconfiguration of the U.S. Coast Guard Station, and construction of an environmentally friendly bulkhead along the South Access Channel.

The plan proposes dredging approximately 5.5 million cubic yards of sediment from the Federal Channel and 300,000 cubic yards from the berthing areas.

It proposes placing all dredged material in the Port Everglades Harbor Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site. It is located approximately four statute miles from the eastern end of the port’s Outer Entrance Channel.

The deadline for sending public comments is Feb. 1, 2021.

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