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Title: Harbor Improvements Final Interim Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment : Seward, Alaska, Volume 1
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Alaska District
Keywords: Seward (Alaska)--Harbors
Breakwaters
Environmental protection
Environmental management
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Alaska District.
Abstract: This report examines the need for additional protected harbor space at Seward, Alaska, and determines the feasibility of Federal participation in potential improvements. The community of Seward, 125 miles south of Anchorage, occupies the northern head of mountainous Resurrection Bay, a fiord extending southward 15 nautical miles to the Gulf of Alaska. The town is accessible by rail, highway, air, and sea, and is regularly visited by Anchorage residents for boating and other recreational purposes. The Seward waterfront includes commercial port terminals, seafood processors, and a ship repair facility. Seward is a routine stop for ferry vessels of the Alaska Marine Highway System and a port of call for commercial cruise ships. It is home port to a diverse fleet of commercial and recreational fishing vessels. The existing harbor was constructed after the original harbor was destroyed by the 1964 earthquake. The harbor has a berthing capacity of 656 commercial fishing, tourism and recreational vessels, with adjacent dry storage. The harbor includes two double launch ramps, a shallow-draft cargo dock, a 300-ton ship lift and marine ways, a seaplane float, and a fuel float. The harbormaster has a paid waiting list for an additional 339 slips. Harbor designs were considered for four locations around Resurrection Bay. Only the eastward expansion of the existing harbor was retained for detailed analyses. Four design alternatives were evaluated for the eastward expansion. Alternatives 2 and 2a (same plan except that alternative 2 uses upland disposal and 2a has deep-water disposal) were found to be best for maximizing net benefits and were designated the recommended and NED plans, respectively. The city of Seward is willing to act as local sponsor for the project and fulfill all the necessary local cooperation requirements. We recommend alternative 2 be constructed with Federal participation.
Description: Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11681/39005
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