Occoquan River Federal Navigation Channel Improvements in Fairfax County


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April 21, 2004

 

Occoquan River Federal Navigation Channel Improvements in Fairfax County

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, has prepared a draft Decision Document and Integrated Environmental Assessment for improvements to the Occoquan River Federal Navigation Channel.

Since proposed dredging of the navigation channel identified in this draft document would occur between Prince William County and Fairfax County, the Corps has made copies of the document available for review at the Lorton branch of the Fairfax County Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Written comments on the document can be submitted until Thursday, May 6, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, ATTN: CENAB-PL-E (Occoquan River Improvements), P.O. Box 1715, Baltimore, MD 21203-1715.

Twelve alternatives, as well as the No-Action alternative, were considered in detail in looking at improvements to the Occoquan River Federal Navigation Channel. The recommended plan calls for a 9-foot deep channel, approximately 6 miles long and 150 feet wide from the confluence with the Potomac River to Taylor’s Point. From Taylor’s Point to the Town of Occoquan, the channel will be 9 feet deep and 100 feet wide. Approximately 31,198 cubic yards of material will be mechanically dredged, placed into scows and sent by barge to a permitted offloading site on the Prince William shore.

Based on the results of the environmental assessment, it was determined that none of the dredging alternatives will have a significant direct, indirect or cumulative impact on the quality of the natural or human environment. Furthermore, each of the dredging alternatives was found to have cumulative long-term beneficial effects on navigational operations in the Occoquan River. The proposed action will comply with all applicable regulations. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement is not required and will not be prepared for this project.

For more information on the channel area affected in Fairfax County, contact the Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division at 703-324- 5500, TTY 711.


 

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