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Title: Detailed Project Report : Beach Creek, Lancaster County, Virginia
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Norfolk District.
Keywords: Dredging
Lancaster County (Va.)
Environmental protection
Environmental management
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Norfolk District.
Abstract: The District Engineer has considered the economic merits of a proposed plan of improvement for Beach Creek, Lancaster County, Virginia, consisting of a channel 6 feet deep, 60 feet wide, and 2,100 feet long connecting the Rappahannock River to a turning basin 200 feet by 225 feet at the upper end of the creek. The cost of the improvement is estimated at $54,500.The total estimated annual carrying charges of $4,900 substantially exceed the estimated tangible annual benefits of $2,900 and result in an unfavorable benefit-cost ratio of 0.6 to 1.0. The primary benefit claimed by local interests, increased oyster production, is not likely to be realized and has not been included in the benefits. A conference on 10 July 1962 with representatives of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the U. S. Pish and Wildlife Service resulted in the conclusion that no increased oyster production can be expected to accrue to the proposed improvement unless the State and private planters increase their annual plantings of seed oysters and oyster shells by a significant and substantial amount. This is not considered likely to happen. At present there is virtually no production from the public oyster grounds in the lower Rappahannock River due to the prevalence of the MSX disease. It is, therefore, concluded that the proposed improvement is not economically feasible at this time.
Description: Detailed Project Report
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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