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Title: Environmental Assessment for the Kenosha Harbor Dredging and Kenosha Dunes Nourishing Project : Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Chicago District.
Keywords: Kenosha (Wis.)--Harbors
Dredging spoil
Beach nourishment
Environmental protection
Environmental management
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Chicago District.
Abstract: The primary purpose of this federal action is to support the navigability of Kenosha Harbor. The first need is to continue to dredge the harbor as needed to support current harbor use, functionality of serving as a harbor of refuge, and support transitory barge traffic. USACE performs infrequent maintenance dredging within the entrance channel area in order to maintain appropriate depths for vessels entering and exiting the harbor. The failure to continue maintenance dredging within the Harbor would result in restricting access of deep draft vessels and impacting the commercial operations that use the harbor. The second need of the federal action is to better manage and protect Wisconsin’s public shoreline through the beneficial use of dredged material that is suitable for coastal erosion protection. Due to the current high water levels of Lake Michigan, many beaches are eroding at an accelerated rate, threatening beach habitat and local infrastructure. By placing sand on/near the beach, a buffer zone is created that may help mitigate potential damage to the shoreline caused by wave action. Additionally, the proposed erosion protection activity would address concerns of ongoing habitat loss due to high water levels by helping to restore and preserve shoreline and upland habitat along the beach front at this State Natural Area. Only suitable dredged material (suitability is defined under Section 3.1.3 - Sediment Quality) removed from the federal harbor would be placed in the nearshore area in accordance with conditions of applicable state permits/certifications to be obtained prior to project implementation.
Description: Environmental Assessment
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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