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NEW BEDFORD AND FAIRHAVEN HARBOR (9th CD) – 2017

Update Report for Massachusetts - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New ...
www.nae.usace.army.mil/portals/74/docs/Media/State%20Updates/MAJan2017.pdf



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Update Report for Massachusetts New or changed items are shown in italics. Current as of January 31, 2017 696 Virginia Road, Concord, Massachusetts 01742-2751 Public Affairs Office, 978-318-8264/8238 Home Page: www.nae.usace.army.mil/ US Army Corps of Engineers New England District

The District is currently preparing a dredged material management plan (DMMP) for maintenance dredging of the New Bedford and Fairhaven Harbors Federal Navigation Project (FNP).

The main deep-draft channel to New Bedford has an authorized depth of 30 feet, while the shallow draft channels for the fishing fleet at Fairhaven have depths of 15 and 10 feet. Following dredging performed under contract to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, an updated hydrographic survey of the FNP identified a total dredge volume requirement of 751,000 cubic yards (cy) of shoal material to restore the project to authorized dimensions.

The District has determined that none of the identified shoal material in the FNP is suitable for disposal in open waters outside the harbor. The District is developing and evaluating a range of disposal alternatives with potential disposal locations in the upper and lower harbors and beneath the outer harbor entrance channel.

The District will be considering several layouts of confined aquatic disposal (CAD) cells within the New Bedford inner harbor and beneath the outer harbor entrance channel for disposal of proposed dredged material. Some of these potential cell locations were identified in a Massachusetts state DMMP completed in 2004 by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MACZM).

The District plans to have a draft DMMP prepared late in 2017. The DMMP will be accompanied by an environmental assessment.


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