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Title: Final Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) : Volume 1 of 3 (Text)
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Baltimore District.
Keywords: Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)
Restoration ecology
Environmental management
Environmental protection
Dredging spoil
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Baltimore District.
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the technical, economic, and environmental feasibility of protecting, restoring, and creating aquatic, intertidal wetland, and upland habitat for fish and wildlife within the Mid-Chesapeake Bay Islands study area using suitable dredged material from the Upper Chesapeake Bay approach channels to the Port of Baltimore and the southern approach channels to the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal. Specifically, this integrated feasibility study/environmental impact statement 1) examined and evaluated the problems and opportunities related to the restoration of island habitat through the beneficial use of dredged material; 2) formulated plans to address these problems and opportunities; and 3) recommended costeffective solutions for implementing a project that will restore island ecosystem habitat and address dredged material management options recommended in the Federal Dredged Material Management Plan prepared by USACE- Baltimore District in 2005. To meet the needs identified by the Federal DMMP, the proposed project should provide the capability of receiving 30 to 70 million cubic yards (mcy) of clean dredged material over a 20-year period (3.2 mcy/yr). The Federal Standard, or baseline, is defined as the least costly, environmentally acceptable alternative(s) consistent with sound engineering practices and which meet the environmental standards established by the 404b1 evaluation process. The Federal Standard for the Chesapeake Bay approach channels to the Port of Baltimore and the C&D Canal is overboard placement; an area known as the Deep Trough, which is just south of the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Chesapeake Bay Bridge, for the Port of Baltimore approach channels, and Pooles Island for the C&D Canal southern approach channels. The ecosystem restoration project costs above the level of the Federal Standard would be cost-shared with the non-Federal sponsor.
Description: Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 553 pages / 12.95 MB
Types of Materials: PDF/A
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