Public Notices

Florence Harbor Maintenance Dredging Project Notice of Availability

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District
Published March 21, 2023
Expiration date: 4/24/2023

To All Interested Parties: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District (USACE) has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed Florence Harbor Maintenance Dredging Project in Lauderdale County, Alabama. Figure 1 shows the proposed project location.

The EA evaluates two alternatives in detail for the proposed project, which are described as follows:

•    Alternative 1 - No Action - Alternative 1 would be a continuance of the status quo. This alternative would not address the long-needed maintenance dredging, which could cause unsafe navigational operating conditions at the port for loading, unloading, and maneuvering of barge traffic within the harbor.
•    Alternative 2 - Maintenance Dredging - Alternative 2 would allow for dredging to a minimum bottom of elevation of 398' above mean sea level (msl). Approximately 61,000 cubic yards of dredged material would be placed in an upland disposal area onsite. Dredging would occur only within the project limits at the Florence Harbor.

The EA reveals, based on existing conditions, the recommended alternative is Approval of the Maintenance Dredging. Implementation of the recommended alternative would be considered beneficial for safety and socioeconomic resources.

This letter serves as a Notice of Availability (NOA) for reviewing the draft EA and unsigned FONSI. The draft EA was prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), and the USAGE implementing regulation, ER 200-2-2, 1988, Policies and Procedures for Implementing NEPA. Electronic copies of the documents can be found at: https://lrn.usace.mil/Media/Public-Notices/Article/3336172/florence-harbor-maintenance-dredging-project-notice-of-availability/.

We request comments be sent, by email, to david.a.adams@usace.army.mil, no later than thirty calendar days from the date of this letter to ensure consideration. If you are unable to access an email account, you may send written comments to the address listed on the letterhead.
 
Send your written comments to the address on the letterhead above, ATTN: CELRN-PMP (David Adams). For additional information regarding the proposed project, please contact David Adams at (615) 736-7850. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

//SIGNED//

Jamie G. James, P.E., PMP
Chief, Project Planning Branch