Virginia Coastal Program: 2007 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:

2.06

Grantee:

Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority

Project Title:

Middle Peninsula Shallow Water Dredging Master Plan Framework: A strategy for dredging sustainability

Project Description as Proposed:

This project will identify and discuss the issues and framework necessary to establish a Middle Peninsula Regional Dredging Management Plan. Ultimately, a dredging master plan will be developed to provide a comprehensive and sustainable approach to the on-going dredging needs for access to waterways of the Middle Peninsula. A dredging master plan framework will addresses issues related to dredging and will present potential solutions. This includes the identification of regional and local dredging needs; the costs and potential funding mechanism for dredging projects; the feasibility, nature and form of inter-municipal cooperation; a methodology and process for determining dredging priorities and scheduling; the feasibility and requirements for expedited permitting; and alternatives for ownership, control and operation of dredging equipment.

The primary focus of the investigation is on the rivers, creeks, harbors, and embayment’s draining from the Middle Peninsula into the Chesapeake Bay. However, the solutions developed should be applicable and transferable to all Chesapeake Bay communities.

For this project, we propose to research and discuss the following:
• Anticipated dredging needs and economic impact on the Middle Peninsula
• Potential Dredging program organization
• Identification of regional and local dredging priorities, scheduling, and potential for functional consolidation of multi jurisdictional dredging projects
• Potential for nourishment and dredging projects nexus
• Dredging equipment needs
• Spoil and use areas issues
• Permitting concerns
• Estimated costs, funding concerns, taxing and revenue generation
• Other issues

It is believed that by study of these issues areas, The Middle Peninsula region will be assured timelier, cost effective and adequate maintenance dredging of the waterways of the Middle Peninsula. The development of a Middle Peninsula Regional Dredging Master Plan will allow for continuing economic activity by improving the use of Middle Peninsula waterways and, more importantly promote further economic, commercial and recreational use of the Middle Peninsula.   

Federal Funding:

$5,000

Project Contact:

Lewie Lawrence - (804) 758-2311; llawrence@mppdc.com

Project Status:

Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Middle Peninsula Shallow Water Dredging Master Plan Framework: A strategy for dredging sustainability Final Report (pdf)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Navigable channels are pivotal to the use and enjoyment of docks, marinas, boat yards, yacht brokers and eateries. Water borne traffic has been at the heart of Middle Peninsula waterways since becoming home to its earliest settlers since the late 1500’s. This project has identified and discussed the issues and framework necessary to establish a Middle Peninsula Regional Shallow Water Dredging and Sediment Management Plan (D & S Plan). The primary focus of this investigation was on the rivers, creeks, harbors, and embayment’s draining from the Middle Peninsula into the Chesapeake Bay.  However, the thoughts developed are applicable and transferable to all Chesapeake Bay communities.
In preparation of and with full anticipation that the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) will no longer be available for comprehensive local waterway dredging, the Middle Peninsula must address the economic impact and needs of shallow water dredging and sediment management and determine how to accomplish and fund a Plan.   This study has developed a framework of issues and concerns that should be studied to assure timelier, cost effective and adequate maintenance dredging of the waterways of the Middle Peninsula. 
The study researched and articulated the following issues and concerns
  • Dredging Needs and Economic Impacts
  • Dredging and Sediment Management Program Organization
  • Dredging Priorities and Scheduling
  • Spoil Use, Disposal and Environmental Impacts
  • Equipment Needs
  • Permitting
  • Estimated Costs and Funding
The framework study results we will use in coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers Section 22 program to develop a Middle Peninsula Regional Shallow Water Dredging and Sediment Management Master Plan (D & S Plan) starting in October 2010.

Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email: Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov

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