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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-976


Pennsylvania's Coastal Zone Management Program's Federal Consistency Review of Maintenance Dredging at Conneaut Harbor, Ohio

[29 Pa.B. 3130]

   This public notice is published under section 306(d)(14) of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act (act). The Department of Environmental Protection, Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program has received notice that the Buffalo District Corps of Engineers (Corps) intends to perform maintenance dredging of the shoaled portions of the authorized Federal navigation channels of Conneaut Harbor, located in Conneaut, Ohio. Dredging is tentatively scheduled to be performed between June 1 and September 1, 1999. The Federal navigation channels including the Municipal Pier Access Channel, Outer Harbor Channels, and Inner Harbor Channels, would be dredged to their respective authorized depth. Approximately 40,000 cubic yards of coarse grained material would be dredged from the western Outer Harbor and Municipal Pier Access Channel, and deposited at the littoral/beach nourishment site located just east of the Conneaut Harbor east breakwater, in Lake Erie. Although the littoral nourishment site is the preferred site for the deposition of dredged sands or course grain material, it would be used only if it is determined to be economically justifiable. If not, this dredged material would be discharged at the existing open-lake disposal site. Approximately 60,000 cubic yards of predominantly fine grain silts and clays would be dredged from the eastern Outer Harbor and Inner Harbor Channels and deposited at the approved open-lake disposal site. Sediments will be removed from the channel by a mechanical or hydraulic dredge and placed in hoppers aboard ship or scow for transport to the discharge site. The method of excavation will be determined by the contractor performing the maintenance dredging.

   The Pennsylvania CZM Program has notified the Buffalo Corps that non-use of the littoral/beach nourishment site for the disposal of the 40,000 cubic yards of course grain dredge material will likely impact Pennsylvania's beach and bluff areas from the Ohio/Pennsylvania border east to Raccoon Creek (approximately 2 miles), and that the project is subject to review for consistency with the CZM Program's policies. Under the act, the public also has an opportunity to comment on this project's relationship with the goals and policies of Pennsylvania's CZM Program.

   Persons wishing to comment on this project are invited to submit written comments within 15 days from the date of this notice to Shamus Malone, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Watershed Conservation, Division of Watershed Support, Coastal Zone Management Section, P. O. Box 8555, Harrisburg PA 17105-8555, (717) 787-5259, Additional information concerning this Federal development project may be received by contacting Shamus Malone.TDD users may contact the Department through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-976. Filed for public inspection June 18, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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