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Title: Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment : Maintenance Dredged, Wicomico River, Federal Navigation Project, Wicomico and Somerset Counties, Maryland
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Baltimore District.
Keywords: Wicomico River (Wicomico County and Somerset County; Md.)
Dredging spoil
Dredged material
Environmental management
Environmental protection
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Baltimore District.
Abstract: The Wicomico River Federal Navigation Channel connects the port of Salisbury to Chesapeake Bay. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to maintain the authorized channel dimensions to allow unencumbered use by watercraft. The Proposed Action is needed because the existing channel has shoaled and is unsuitable for the range of vessels that require access through the channels. Economic interests would benefit because maintenance of the channel would provide unimpeded navigation to commercial vessels to sustain commerce, and to other general boating interests. The port of Salisbury has the second highest commercial port traffic in Maryland, principally consisting of petroleum products and grain. Barge traffic is crucial to maintaining adequate fuel supplies for the Delmarva Peninsula. Although this is a navigation project, the proposed action in this case would also serve the purpose of restoring and maintaining valued salt marsh habitat for vegetation, fish, and wildlife. The proposed action is designed to provide nesting habitat for saltmarsh sparrow, a rapidly declining species. Salt marsh in the lower Eastern Shore, as well as in multiple other areas along the US Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, is undergoing landscape-scale loss from the impacts of accelerating sea-level rise. Making use of dredged material from routine maintenance dredging is a nationally recognized opportunity to maintain and restore salt marsh. The opportunity to use Wicomico River navigation channel material for this purpose was identified by multiple agencies and organizations who recognized that the proposed action would generate material of value for salt marsh restoration and maintenance.
Description: Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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