Jun 24, 2017

Dredging - Rockland Harbor Fishpier and beyond.

Quick facts Rockland harbor existing dredged channels info

1. Army Corps of Engineers on Rockland harbor navigation  Harbor map 

3. Reviews, discussion of Maine dredging  governance

January 2016 .Safe Harbors: A Comparative Analysis of Dredging Regulation in New England U Maine School of Law.  (Scroll down for Maine section)

State Govt Role in dredging in Maine
Maine Coastal Program (MCP) coordinates state agencies involved in dredging and disposal

Maine DMR  Environmental Permit Reviewer
Penobscot Bay Dredging reviews by former DMR  reviewer Brian Swan
11/8/12 Camden Harbor Dredge (to DEP) 
12/18/12 Camden Harbor Dredge (to BPL) 
12/18/12 Camden Inner Harbor dredge . BPL



GUIDES TO CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS

Contaminated Sediment Remediation Guidance for Hazardous Waste Sites

Cleaning Up Contaminated Sediment Citizen's Guide


Applications to Dredge or to Dispose of Dredged Material in Coastal Waters



Maine Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA)

38 §480-D. Standards. 9. Dredging

9. Dredging. If the proposed activity involves dredging, dredge spoils disposal or transporting dredge spoils by water, the applicant must demonstrate that the transportation route minimizes adverse impacts on the fishing industry and that the disposal site is geologically suitable. 
The Commissioner of Marine Resources shall provide the department with an assessment of the impacts on the fishing industry of a proposed dredging operation in the coastal wetlands. The assessment must consider impacts to the area to be dredged and impacts to the fishing industry of a proposed route to transport dredge spoils to an ocean disposal site. The Commissioner of Marine Resources may hold a public hearing on the proposed dredging operation. 
In determining if a hearing is to be held, the Commissioner of Marine Resources shall consider the potential impacts of the proposed dredging operation on fishing in the area to be dredged. If a hearing is held, it must be within at least one of the municipalities in which the dredging operation would take place. 
If the Commissioner of Marine Resources determines that a hearing is not to be held, the Commissioner of Marine Resources must publish a notice of that determination in a newspaper of general circulation in the area proposed for the dredging operation.
 The notice must state that the Commissioner of Marine Resources will accept verbal and written comments in lieu of a public hearing. The notice must also state that if 5 or more persons request a public hearing within 30 days of the notice publication, the Commissioner of Marine Resources will hold a hearing. If 5 or more persons request a public hearing within 30 days of the notice publication, the Commissioner of Marine Resources must hold a hearing. 

In making its determination under this subsection, the department must take into consideration the assessment provided by the Commissioner of Marine Resources. The permit must require the applicant to:

A. Clearly mark or designate the dredging area, the spoils disposal route and the transportation route;
B. Publish in a newspaper of general circulation in the area adjacent to the route the approved transportation route of the dredge spoils; and .]
C. Publish in a newspaper of general circulation in the area adjacent to the route a procedure that the applicant will use to respond to inquiries regarding the loss of fishing gear during the dredging

(End of dredge section of statute)
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Applications to Dredge or to Dispose of Dredged Material in Coastal Waters

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