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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today published in the Federal Register its request for proposals for beneficial use of dredged material pilot projects pursuant to Section 1122 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, Beneficial Use of Dredged Material. Proposals must be submitted to USACE on or before March 12, 2018.More information on the program and solicitation can be found in the Federal Register notice, 83 Fed. Reg. 5763 (Feb. 9, 2018).  It is available on line here.

Section 1122 requires USACE to establish a pilot program to carry out 10 projects for the beneficial use of dredged material.  The pilot program can include projects for the purposes of:

  • (1)   reducing storm damage to property and infrastructure;
  • (2)   promoting public safety;
  • (3)   protecting, restoring and creating aquatic ecosystem habitats;
  • (4)   stabilizing stream systems and enhancing shorelines;
  • (5)   promoting recreation;
  • (6)   supporting risk management adaptation strategies; and
  • (7)   reducing the costs of dredging and dredged material placement or disposal, such as projects that use dredged material for: A) construction or fill material; (B)  civic improvement objectives; and, (C)  other innovative uses and placement alternatives that produce public economic or environmental benefits.

Projects identified under Section 1122 must maximize the beneficial placement of dredged material from federal and non-federal navigation channels and ensure that the use of dredged material is consistent with all applicable environmental laws. USACE is required to carry out the pilot program in consultation with relevant state agencies and to establish regional teams to assist in the evaluation of the proposals.

The Philadelphia District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed a draft Environmental Assessment to expand Borrow Area D for the Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project, Ocean County, New Jersey. The draft EA titled: Expansion of Offshore Borrow Area D for the Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project, Ocean County, New Jersey is available for public review and comment. This environmental assessment addresses the need to  evaluate an expansion of the existing Borrow Area D in order to provide additional beachfill material for the project, especially the southern portion of the project area. All comments on the work described in this public notice and/or in the report should be directed in writing to Mr. Peter R. Blum, ATTN: Environmental Resources Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-3390 or by email to PDPA-NAP@usace.army.mil by March 8, 2018.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has released for public comment the Draft Feasibility Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment (EA): New Jersey Beneficial Use of Dredged Material for the Delaware River Feasibility Study, October 2017. The report presents the alternatives analyses, tentatively selected plan, and an evaluation of potential impacts to the affected environment. The objective of this study is to beneficially use high quality sand material dredged to maintain the Federal navigation channel in the lower bay in order to reduce flooding, erosion, and storm damage risks in coastal areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Dredged sand will be potentially pumped and placed onto three Bayfront residential communities: Fortescue and Gandys Beach in Downe Township, Cumberland County and Villas in Lower Township, Cape May County. In addition, rehabilitation is proposed for the Fortescue groin and construction of a similar groin is proposed at the north end of Gandys Beach. Comments may also be submitted via e-mail to PDPA-NAP@usace.army.mil Please submit all comments by Nov. 20,2017.

DECEMBER 2017 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers posted the above public notice soliciting comments related to Section 1308 of the Water Infrastructure Improvements of the Nation (WIIN) Act dated December 5, 2016. Pursuant to Section 1308 (a) of the act, portions of the Delaware River waterfront in the City of Philadelphia have been declared non-navigable unless substantive objections are identified through coordination with local and regional public official and planning organization. This notice relates specifically to the redevelopment of an area along the Delaware River known as Pier 53N.

 

MAY 2017 - The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act establishes certain reaches of the western portion of the Delaware River, within the City of Philadelphia, to be non-navigable. Unlike previous Declarations by Congress, this legislation requires process and determination by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as to whether local or regional officials have any objection to the final determination of non-navigability. The determination is required to be made for each proposed project within the identified reaches and within 150 days of submission of plans.

It should be noted that the declaration of this portion of the Delaware River as non-navigable does not alter or restrict the applicability of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulatory authority under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act or Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Rather, it would affect the government’s authority under what is commonly referred to as “navigational servitude.” Under this authority, the Federal government may require a permittee to remove and/or modify any authorized work or structures in navigable waters where those structures may conflict with a Federal navigation or other civil works projects.

Under the provisions of Section 1308 of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act dated December 5, 2016, this condition would be removed from any authorized structures within this specific section of the Delaware River. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments and recommendations from the public concerning areas along the Delaware River in the City of Philadelphia to be declared as non-navigable pursuant to the above referenced legislation.

Comments on the above referenced legislation should be submitted, in writing, within 30 days to the District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-3390. Additional information concerning this action may be obtained by calling Mr. Timothy J. Rooney at 215-656-6592, via email at timothy.j.rooney@usace.army.mil or writing this office at the above address.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District announces the availability of the document: "Delaware Bay Coastline-Delaware and New Jersey-Roosevelt Inlet-Lewes Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management Project, Sussex County, DE - Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact." This document evaluates a modification to the existing Coastal Storm Risk Management Project (CSRM) at Lewes Beach. 

Archived Public Notices & Reports (Civil Works)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers posted the Section 7001 Federal Register Notice (FRN). USACE is accepting non-Federal interests proposals for 120 days, until 19 Sep 2016. The USACE headquarters webpage includes the notice, a fact sheet, FAQs, and a link to the Proposal Form and Contact information. 

  • Section 7001 of WRRDA 2014 requires that the Secretary of the Army annually submit to the Congress a report that identifies, for potential congressional authorization, completed feasibility reports, proposed feasibility studies, and proposed modifications to authorized projects or studies that meet specified criteria. 
  • The Annual Report to Congress is based, in part, upon annual requests for proposals for authorization from non-Federal interests for proposed feasibility studies and proposed modifications to authorized projects or studies that require authorization for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed.
  • Inclusion in the Annual Report to Congress does not provide authorization or appropriation for a study or project.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released for public comment the Draft Feasibility Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment (EA): Delaware Beneficial Use of Dredged Material for the Delaware River Feasibility Study, November 2016.  The report presents the alternatives analysis, tentatively selected plan, and an evaluation of potential impacts to the affected environment. The objective of this study is to beneficially use high quality sand material dredged to maintain the Federal navigation channel in the lower bay in order to reduce flooding, erosion, and storm damage risks in coastal areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Dredged sand will be potentially pumped and placed onto eight Bayfront residential communities:   Pickering Beach, Kitts Hummock, Bowers Beach, South Bowers Beach, Big Stone Beach, Slaughter Beach, Prime Hook Beach, and Lewes Beach. Comments may be submitted via regular mail to the Environmental Resources Branch, Philadelphia District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA 19107.  Comments may also be submitted via e-mail to the Public Affairs Office at PDPA-NAP@usace.army.mil. Please submit all comments by January 9, 2017. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District has investigated various options for reducing the risk of shoreline erosion of a section of Delaware Avenue in Cape May, New Jersey following a request from Cape May County. The purpose of the project is to reduce risk to Delaware Avenue, a Cape May County road. The ongoing erosion is undermining the road and threatens an underground sewer utility line that runs along the road. The preferred alternative for this project is the construction of an approximately 2,200 linear foot rip-rap embankment along the Cape May Harbor side of Delaware Avenue. The public is invited to comment on the below Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment. Comments are requested by March 3, 2017.  Comments can be emailed to Adrian Leary at Adrian.Leary@usace.army.mil or submitted in writing to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wanamaker Building, Attn: Adrian Leary, 100 Penn Square E. Philadelphia, PA 19107. 

USACE plans to modify the maintenance dredged material placement plan for the Cape May Canal such that dredged material possessing > 90% sand will be placed in the nearshore zone of the authorized and constructed Lower Cape May Meadows-Cape May Point Coastal Storm Risk Management/environmental restoration project. USACE plans to conduct the first such dredging and placement operation of approximately 5,000-10,000 cubic yards (cy) of > 90% sand in the fall of 2017 within the authorized Meadows beach restoration inshore project area. This approach is consistent with Regional Sediment Management and Engineering with Nature principles. Public comments are due by Sept. 6, 2017. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District has received an application to alter a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Project, pursuant to 33 USC 408. The applicant, PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC is requesting authorization for the Construction and permanent easement for a 36" natural gas pipeline crossing.  The Proposed Action would include a 50-foot wide easement that would cross USACE property for a total length of approximately 0.11 mile, including a 444 foot crossing of the Lehigh River. The proposed PennEast Project would be located adjacent to Buckeye Partners, LP (Buckeye's) existing ROW on USACE property at the Francis E. Walter Reservoir. The decision whether to issue a permit on a Section 408 request is a federal action, and therefore subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental compliance requirements. The decision for work proposed at existing civil works projects includes an evaluation of the probable environmental impacts of that project on Corps owned facilities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, has prepared appropriate documentation in accordance with the provisions of the NEPA of 1969, as amended, the Council of Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), and the Corps' Engineering Regulation (ER) 200-2-2, Procedures for Implementing NEPA, 4 March 1988.  Project details and the Draft Environmental Assessment can be found at the below links. Public comment deadline is on July 17, 2017. Comments can be sent via email to PDPA-NAP@usace.army.mil

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District has received an application to alter a US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Project, pursuant to 33 USC 408.  The applicant, PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC is requesting authorization for the Construction and permanent easement for a 36" natural gas pipeline crossing Beltzville State Park and Reservoir. The pipeline will be horizontally directionally drilled approximately 6,100 feet in length. One temporary 1.4 acre bore pad and associated staging areas are proposed in a field off Pohopoco Drive between the Christman and Wildcreek Trailheads.

The decision whether to issue a permit on a Section 408 request is a federal action, and therefore subject to the National Environmental Policy Act(NEPA) and other environmental compliance requirements. The decision for work proposed at existing civil works projects includes an evaluation of the probable environmental impacts of that project on Corps owned facilities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, has prepared appropriate documentation in accordance with the provisions of the NEPA of 1969, as amended, the Council of Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), and the Corps' Engineering Regulation (ER) 200-2-2, Procedures for Implementing NEPA, 4 March 1988.  Project details and the Draft Environmental Assessment can be found in the "Public Notice & Plan Details" attachment at the above link. Public comment deadline is on July 07, 2017. Comments can be sent via email PDPA-NAP@usace.army.mil. 

The Section 7001 Federal Register Notice (FRN) was published and is posted on the Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development HQ webpage. USACE is accepting non-Federal interests proposals for 120 days, until 9 Aug 2017. The HQ webpage has the FRN, a Fact Sheet, FAQs, the link to the Proposal Form and Contact information. USACE will be providing the evaluation schedule, webinars, and utilizing social media to ensure non-Federal interests are aware of this opportunity. 

Key points:

1) Section 7001 of WRRDA 2014 requires that the Secretary of the Army annually submit to the Congress a report that identifies, for potential congressional authorization, completed feasibility reports, proposed feasibility studies, and proposed modifications to authorized projects or studies that meet all the following criteria:

- Are related to the missions and authorities of the Corps of Engineers (USACE). USACE primary missions are navigation, flood risk management, and aquatic ecosystem restoration. Recreation, hydropower and/or water supply will be considered “related” when it is performed in conjunction with one or more of the primary mission(s)

- Require specific congressional authorization

- Have not been congressionally authorized

- Have not been included in the main table of a previous annual report

- If authorized could be carried out by the Corps of Engineers

2) The Annual Report to Congress is based, in part, upon annual requests for proposals for authorization from non-Federal interests for proposed feasibility studies and proposed modifications to authorized projects or studies that require authorization for the Corps of Engineers to proceed.

3) Inclusion in the Annual Report to Congress does not provide authorization or appropriation for a study or project.

The USACE Philadelphia District, in partnership with NJDEP, is conducting a feasibility level investigation for coastal storm risk management problems within the New Jersey Back Bay (NJBB) area, defined as the network of interconnected tidal water bodies located landward of the New Jersey ocean coastline in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, Burlington, and Cape May Counties. The NJBB study area includes approximately 950 square miles and nearly 3,400 miles of shoreline.

The objective of the NJBB CSRM Study is to investigate CSRM problems and solutions to reduce damages from coastal flooding that affects population, critical infrastructure, critical facilities, property, and ecosystems. Participation of the general public and other interested parties and stakeholders in identifying significant issues and alternatives is being solicited by means of this public notice.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, December 01, 2016 between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM at the Stockton University Campus Center located at 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205. The event will commence in the theater, which is on the main level of the Campus Center. Free parking is available directly in front of the Campus Center, Lots 2 and 3.

USACE released for public comment its Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA), dated February 2016 for the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Little Egg Inlet Sand Resource Borrow Area Investigation for the Barnegat Inlet to Little Egg Inlet (Long Beach Island) Storm Damage Reduction Project, Ocean County, New Jersey. The EA presents an evaluation of potential environmental impacts of dredging sand from a shoaled area immediately offshore of Little Egg Inlet for placement on Long Beach Island. Comments deadline was on March 22, 2016. 


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District has evaluated flood risk management and associated ecosystem restoration projects to reduce the recurrence of frequent flooding and to restore and/or improve degraded fish and wildlife habitat within the community of Livingston Manor, New York. This evaluation provided a screening of structural and nonstructural measures that can be used to manage risks from riverine flooding, as well as an evaluation of potential associated ecosystem restoration opportunities along the river corridor.  The public and all agencies are invited to comment on this study by May 1, 2016 via email to PDPA-NAP@usace.army.mil or in writing to Mr. Peter R. Blum, ATTN: Planning Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-3390. 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the City of Atlantic City are conducting a feasibility level investigation for flood risk management problems within the Chelsea Heights section of Atlantic City. This notice initiates scoping procedures. Scoping is an early and open process for identifying the significant issues related to the proposed action. Participation of the general public and other interested parties and stakeholders in identifying significant issues and alternatives is being solicited by means proposed action. The public is invited to participate in the project scoping by providing written or emailed comments, questions, and concerns to this office within 90 days from the date of this notice. Additionally, a public workshop meeting will be held on Monday, March 28, 2016 between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM at the Chelsea Heights School located at 4101 Filbert Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. 

Public Sponsors of Riverine and Coastal Flood Risk Management Projects that sustained damages due to the January 2016 Nor’easter during the period 22 January 2016 to 25 January 2016 have until 23 February 2016 to apply for Public Law 84-99 Rehabilitation Assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District. If the Public Sponsor believes that its project may qualify for Rehabilitation Assistance, a written request must be submitted to the Corps of Engineers at: 


U.S. ARMY CORPS of ENGINEERS

Philadelphia District
Emergency Management Office
Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Sq. East
Philadelphia, PA. 19107-3390

This Procedural Review Plan is intended to ensure the quality of reviews by the Philadelphia District for requests to alter US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) civil works projects within the Philadelphia District’s area of responsibility. This Procedural Review Plan was prepared in accordance with Engineer Circular (EC) 1165-2-216, “Policy and Procedural Guidance for Processing Requests to Alter US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Projects Pursuant to 33 USC 408” dated 31 July 2014.  This Procedural Review Plan provides the review guidelines associated with alteration requests pursuant to 33 USC 408 (Section 408) that are similar in nature are typically of small size, not complex, and have minimal to no impacts to the USAGE civil works project (reference paragraph 7.c.(4)(a) in EC 1165-2-216).

This is not a formal comment period and there is no set timeframe for the opportunity for public comment. If and when comments are received, the PDT will consider them and decide if revisions to the review plan are necessary. The public is invited to review and submit comments on the plan as described on the web site.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District has evaluated flood risk management options for the community of Cheltenham Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. This evaluation provided a screening of structural and nonstructural measures that can be used to manage risks from riverine flooding. The public and all agencies are invited to comment on this study. All comments on the work described in the public notice should be directed to Mr. Peter R. Blum, ATTN: Planning Division - Environmental Resources Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-3390 or sent via email to PDPA-NAP@usace.army.mil by February 22, 2016 (deadline extended twice based on requests). 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District is collaborating with the Delaware Department of Environmental Control (DNREC) and the University of Delaware (UD) Center for Applied Coastal Research in a program to improve understanding of sediment transport pathways and rates, both of which affect the stability of the Indian River Inlet channel and the adjacent ocean shorelines. In 2014, the Survey Vessels Shuman and Little Giant conducted hydrographic surveys to document changes in depth and sediment distribution on the submerged portions of the project area.

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