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Section 408 Public Notices

  • 2021-00105-83 - This Public Notice is related to a request from Rutgers University to construct a Living Shoreline along a portion of the North Bank Gabion Wall of the Cape May Canal Section of the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway Federal Civil Works Navigation Project, North Cape May, Cape May County, New Jersey. More details and plans are available in the Public Notice document. Public comments are requested by May 10, 2021. 
  • 2017-00678-85 - This Public Notice is related to a request from the Fort DuPont Redevelopment & Preservation Corporation to place rip-rap bank stabilization along a portion of the South Bank of the Delaware City Branch Canal Section of the Intracoastal Waterway, Delaware River to Chesapeake Bay, DE & MD (C&D Canal) Federal Civil Works Navigation Project. Plans and details are available in the Public Notice document. Public comments are requested by May 3, 2021. 
  • 2021-00092-85 - this Public Notice is related to a request from the Middlesex Beach Association to undertake ten-year maintenance dredging of the offshore “Fenwick Borrow Area” and “Borrow Area E” with subsequent placement of all resultant dredged material as beach nourishment along the Middlesex Beach Community shoreline, sited within the Bethany Beach/South Bethany Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Federal Civil Works Project. The stated purpose of the project is to provide increased shoreline protection benefits from storm damage, coastal erosion, and add to the recreational value of the Middlesex Beach
    community. Plans and details are available in the Public Notice document. Public comments are requested by April 26, 2021. 
  • 2021-408-0002 - this Public Notice is related to a request to construct an upland pedestrian bridge connecting 120 Euclid Avenue with the Atlantic City Boardwalk, sited over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New Jersey Shore Protection Project, Brigantine Inlet to Great Egg Harbor Inlet, Absecon Island Coastal Storm Risk Management Federal Civil Works Project, Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Details and plans are available in the Public Notice document. Public comments are due by April 5, 2021. 
  • 2021-00098-85 - the Public Notice is related to a DelDOT request for permission to permanently remove DelDOT Railroad Bridge 3-928R at the Inland Waterway from Rehoboth Bay to Delaware Bay (L&R Canal) Federal Civil Works Project, with subsequent bank stabilization and fishing access. The proposed project is located at the L&R Canal northeast of the intersection of Gills Neck Road and Lewes-Georgetown Trail. Public comments are requested by March 12, 2021. 
  • 2021-408-0001 - this Public Notice is related to Ocean City's proposed construction of upland dune system utilizing geotubes sited within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New Jersey Shore Protection, Great Egg Harbor and Peck Beach, Ocean City Coastal Storm Risk Management Federal Civil Works Project, Cape May County, New Jersey. The proposed project is located on the Ocean City, New Jersey beachfront, landward of the spring high tide line (uplands), between 4th and 6th Streets. The 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 the proposed activity. Public comments are requested by Feb 8, 2021. 
  • 2019-278 (extension/clarification) - this Public Notice is related to an earlier USACE Public Notice (CENAP-OP-R-2019-278), issued and re-issued by the USACE Philadelphia District on 24 July and 30 July 2020. Those previous notices, and this new notice, are associated with an application for a Department of the Army permit pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344) by the Diamond State Port Corporation (DSPC) to discharge fill material and to conduct dredging and disposal activities within, and adjacent to, navigable waters of the United States at the proposed Port of Wilmington, Edgemoor Expansion project site. In addition, DSPC has requested USACE permission under 33 USC 408 (Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899; hereinafter Section 408) to utilize a portion of the Main Navigation Channel of the Delaware River, Philadelphia to Sea Federal Navigation Project as their ship turning basin. The purpose of this notice is two-fold: to extend the comment period of Public Notice CENAP-OP-R-2019-278, and to clarify the description of one of the activities (the ship turning basin) under review by USACE. More details are available in the attached Public Notice document. Public comments are due by Oct. 1, 2020. 
  • 2019-278 - the applicant, Diamond State Port Corporation (DSPC), seeks authorization from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the authorities of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act to discharge fill material and to conduct dredging and disposal activities within, and adjacent to, navigable waters of the United States at the proposed Port of Wilmington Edgemoor Expansion project site in New Castle County, Delaware. The proposal is intended to support the expansion of the Port of Wilmington by re-developing the Edgemoor site into a multi-use containerized cargo port. To that end, the DSPC intends to re-purpose an existing industrial site at the location of the former Chemours manufacturing facility. More details are available in the Public Notice and Plans attachments. Public comments are due by Aug. 24, 2020. 
  • 2019-01242-23 - the applicant, Delmarva Power & Light, has requested permission to install a new natural gas transmission utility line via horizontal directional drilling beneath the Delaware City Branch Canal Section of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Federal Navigation Channel at Fort DuPont, Delaware City, New Castle County, Delaware. Public comments are due by June 6, 2020. More details are available in the full public notice document. 
  • 2020-408-0003 - the applicant, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has requested permission to place artificial fish habitat improvement structures within Blue Marsh Lake, which is owned and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The proposed project is located at Blue Marsh Lake; Bern, Lower Heidelberg, North Heidelberg, and Penn Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Public comments are due by June 6, 2020. 
  • 2020-00190-84 - the applicant, Atlantic City Electric, has requested permission to install a Replacement Electric Distribution Utility Line via Horizontal Directional Drilling beneath the West Canal section of the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway Federal Navigation Channel. The proposed project is located at West Canal between Wellington Avenue and Harvard Avenue in Ventnor City, Atlantic County, New Jersey. More details are available in the full Public Notice & Plan details attachment. Public comments are due by May 20, 2020. 
  • 2020-408-0002 - the applicant, SECAA, LLC,  has requested permission to construct seasonal tourism-related amenities associated with the Chelsea Beach Bar along the upland Atlantic City beachfront in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, NJ within the footprint of the Absecon Island Coastal Storm Risk Management Federal Civil Works Project. The proposed project is located in uplands along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront between South Montpelier Avenue and South Morris Avenue in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey. More details are available in the full Public Notice & Plan details attachment. Public comments are due by April 2, 2020.
  • 2020-408-0001 - the applicant, Seaside Ocean Terrace, LLC has requested permission for the in-place reconstruction of the Superstorm Sandy-damaged Belle Freeman Amusement Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ. The project is sited within the footprint of the New Jersey Shore Protection Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet, NJ Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Federal Civil Works Project. The proposed project is located in uplands along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront between Dupont Avenue and Porter Avenue in the Borough of Seaside Heights, Ocean County, New Jersey. More details are available in the Public Notice attachment. Public comments are due by March 22, 2020.
  • 2020-00066-85 - the applicant, County of Sussex, Delaware has requested permission to install, via the Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) method, one (1) sanitary sewer force main beneath the Lewes and Rehoboth Federal Navigation Channel. The proposed project is located immediately south of the Route 1 road crossing in Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County, Delaware. More details are available in the Public Notice attachment. Public comments are due by March 22, 2020. 
  • 2006-06337-24 Public Notice - the applicant, the Bay Head Preservation Alliance, has requested permission for the in-kind repair/replacement of five (5) existing timber groin structures at the Atlantic Ocean located within the Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet Coastal Storm Risk Management Project. The proposed project is located along the oceanfront beach between Osborne Avenue and Chadwick Street in the Borough of Bay Head, Ocean County, New Jersey. More details are available in the Public Notice attachment. Public comments are due by Dec. 8, 2019. 
  • 2019-01037-95 Public Notice -  the applicant, South Jersey Gas Company, has requested permission to install, via the Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) method, a natural gas distribution pipeline beneath the Grassy Sound Channel portion of the New Jersey IntraCoastal Waterway Federal Navigation Channel.  The proposed project is located at North Wildwood Boulevard in Middle Township, Cape May County, New Jersey. More details are available in the Public Notice attachment. Public comments are due by Dec. 8, 2019. 
  • 2019-00825-83 Public Notice - the applicant, South Jersey Gas Company, proposes the Installation of Natural Gas Distribution Pipeline via Horizontal Directional Drilling beneath Cape May Canal section of the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway Federal Navigation Channel. Public comment opportunities and additional details are available in the Public Notice attachment. 
  • 2019-0421-95 Public Notice - the applicant, Angler’s Club of Absecon Island, proposes to extend the existing Margate fishing pier at Exeter Avenue by 300.0-linear feet seaward into the Atlantic Ocean. The location is 121 S. Exeter Avenue, Margate City, New Jersey. Public comments are due by Aug. 25, 2019.
  • 2019-0761-86 Public Notice - the applicant, Ocean City Fishing Club, proposes to extend the existing Ocean City fishing pier (1516 Boardwalk, Ocean City, New Jersey 08226) by 132-linear feet and 6-inches seaward into the Atlantic Ocean. The stated purpose of this project is to restore access to the Ocean City Fishing Club to appropriate depths for recreation fishing. More details are available in the "Public Notice & Plan Details" attachment. Public comments are due by Oct. 6, 2019.

Section 408 Overview

Through the Civil Works program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) serves the public by providing the Nation with quality and responsive management of the Nation’s water resources.  As a result, USACE, in partnership with stakeholders, has constructed many Civil Works projects across the Nation’s landscape.  Given the widespread locations of these projects, many embedded within communities, over time there may be a need for others outside of USACE to alter or occupy these projects and their associated lands.  Reasons for alterations could include improvements to the projects; relocation of part of the project; or installing utilities or other non-project features. 

In order to ensure that these projects continue to provide their intended benefits to the public, Congress mandated that any use or alteration of a Civil Works project by another party is subject to the approval of USACE.  This requirement was established in Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, which has since been amended several times and is codified at 33 USC 408 (Section 408).

Section 408 provides that USACE may grant permission for another party to alter a Civil Works project upon a determination that the alteration proposed will not be injurious to the public interest and will not impair the usefulness of the Civil Works project.

Synchronization with USACE’s Regulatory Program

If a proposed alteration to a Civil Works project involves construction or filling activities within waters of the United States, including wetlands, a permit from USACE’s Regulatory Program may be required.  In the event that both a Regulatory permit and a Section 408 permission are required for a proposed project, the Regulatory permit decision cannot be issued, before or without, the Section 408 permission decision. 

How to Apply for a Section 408 Permission

To determine if a Section 408 review will be required, USACE needs specific information about your project.  Our Section 408 Submittal Package Guide details the information that we will need in order to evaluate your project:

Contact

Applicants are encouraged to engage in dialogue with USACE early in the project planning process. Please contact:

Robert Youhas
Regulatory Branch
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District
100 Penn Square East
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3390
(215) 656-6729
robert.youhas@usace.army.mil