USACE seeks public review for Sawpit Creek dredging

The USACE has published an Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment in regard to proposed maintenance dredging of the federally authorized Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) channel, settling basins and advance maintenance areas (AMA) in the waters of Sawpit Creek, the Amelia River and Nassau Sound.

The purpose of the project is to restore the channel depth of the AIWW in the vicinity of Sawpit Creek to ensure safe and efficient navigation throughout the federal navigation project.

The present accumulation of sediment, commonly referred to as shoaling, has reduced the navigable depth of the project channel. Its removal will improve watercraft access and navigation safety, facilitate expansion of recreation and tourism, and strengthen the economy of the community and region by maintaining the navigable capacity of the project channel.

Approximately 415,000 cubic yards of material will be excavated from the AIWW between mile 717 and mile 738.9 to restore the federal channel’s authorized depth of 12 feet mean low water, with two feet of allowable over depth, for a length of approximately 21.9 miles.

Dredging will likely be accomplished by mechanical (clamshell or bucket) or hydraulic (pipeline with cutterhead) dredge.

Public comments must be received by Nov. 4, 2022, for consideration, said USACE.

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