PUBLIC HEARING CANCELLED: Notice of DMR Public Hearing Regarding Fishing Industry Impacts of Proposed Portland Harbor Private Dredge and CAD Cell Construction

Date: Cancelled

Time: Cancelled

Location: Casco Bay Lines, 56 Commercial Street

Town: Portland

The public hearing on the matter described below was originally scheduled for March 25, 2020, at 6:00pm, in Portland, but is now cancelled. In consideration of the cancellation, the Department has extended the comment deadline to April 10, 2020. Instructions on how to submit a comment are included at the end of this notice.

Pursuant to 38 M.R.S. 480-D, sub-9, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is required to provide the Maine Department of Environmental Protection with an assessment on the impacts on the fishing industry of a proposed dredging operation. The City of Portland and the Portland Harbor Commission have submitted a Navigation Improvement Project for the creation for a Confined Aquatic Disposal (CAD) cell in the Fore River and subsequent dredging of 47 properties along Portland Harbor waterfront.

The CAD cell construction will excavate approximately 376,858 cubic yards of sediment over approximately 8.9 acres. This material will be disposed offshore in federal waters at the Portland disposal Site. A large split hopper barge will be used for the CAD cell construction and is anticipated to make one trip per day to the Portland disposal site in federal waters. The dredging of the Portland Harbor waterfront consists of 21 public and private piers, 10 marinas/boat yards, the Portland public boat launch, and the Portland commercial barge landing. The total dredge estimate is 244,678 cubic yards from approximately 46.8 acres of dredge area impacted. All this dredge material will be disposed of in the proposed CAD cell in South Portland. Dredged material will be placed in a combination of split hopper, box or possibly flattop barges, depending on the size of the pier and location and the selected contractor. Depending on the size and type of the barge, one to three trips per day could occur to the South Portland CAD cell site.

The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) will accept written comments about the potential impacts of the proposed dredging operation on fishing in the area to be dredged and on impacts to the fishing industry of the proposed route to transport dredge spoils to the Portland disposal site. Comments should be sent to Amanda Ellis at the email or mailing address listed below.

For more information, contact Amanda Ellis, Department of Marine Resources, 21 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333; tel.: (207) 624-6573 or email: dmr.rulemaking@maine.gov .

A chart of the proposed haul route is attached.

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